“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel.” – Genesis 3:15 (NASB)
Fulfilled prophecy helps verify the fact that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. We shall be learning from this particular prophecy that preceded Jesus by hundreds of years and seeing how He fulfilled them in every detail. Genesis 3:15 is noted to be the first prophecy that is pointing to Jesus that God the Father declared Himself during the fall of man. Eventually, it was fulfilled in the New Testament.
When God said: “I will put enmity between you and the woman,” the curse was directed immediately towards the Serpent; but actually “that old serpent is actually called the Devil” (Revelation 12:9). Satan may have assumed he had won the allegiance of the woman and all her descendants, but God told him there would be enmity between him and the woman. The “seed of the woman” refers to a future descendant of Eve who would have no human father. Biologically, a woman has no seed because seed is always from a man (Genesis 4:25). This promised Seed would, therefore, have to be miraculously implanted in the womb. In this way, Jesus would not inherit the sinful nature of man. This prophecy thus clearly anticipates the future virgin birth of Christ. “He shall bruise you on the head…” Satan will inflict a painful wound on the woman’s Seed, but Christ in turn will inflict a mortal wound on the Serpent, crushing his head. “… you shall bruise him on the heel” was fulfilled in at the cross, but will culminate when the triumphant Christ casts Satan into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10).
Bible prophecy confirms the plan of salvation for humanity. The prophecies of Jesus demonstrate for us that we can put our faith and trust in the Lord. God speaks hundreds of years before the events are brought about. Jesus Christ fulfills the Old Testament. We no longer live under the Old Law but under the law of Christ, which is the law of freedom and the law of the Spirit.
Talk it over with your small group:
- On the illustrated diagram above and its explanation, how do these verses in the chart influence your concept about Jesus.
- Give at least three reasons why you believe in Jesus.