Monday, December 4: Longing for Eve’s Descendant

Genesis 3:14-15

So the LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,

“Cursed are you above all livestock
and all wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly
and you will eat dust
all the days of your life.

And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel.”

Genesis 4:25 (ESV)

And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and called his name Seth, for she said, “God has appointed for me another offspring instead of Abel, for Cain killed him.”

Romans 16:20

The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.
The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.

Adam and Eve had sinned. They had taken fruit from the only tree in the entire garden that God had forbidden to them. They had listened to the serpent and thus aligned themselves with the devil (see Rev. 12:9, 20:2). They had broken their fellowship with God, and their very lives were in danger. There they stood, trying to cover their nakedness, trying to hide from God, each blaming another for their sin (“the woman you put here with me”, “the serpent deceived me”).

But God would not allow the devil to have the victory. As he pronounced his curse upon the serpent, God made the promise that the offspring of Eve would crush the head of the serpent, and the serpent would only be able to strike his heel. Here we have the first announcement of the gospel, the first indication that God would provide a savior to mankind, the first promise that He would appoint one to deliver victory over Satan, sin, and death. But Satan would not give up easily. “The hatred that would be directed against the woman would also be directed against her greatest Son, the Lord Jesus. The highway of the cross begins here” (Donald Barnhouse).

God granted two sons to Adam and Eve: Cain and Abel. But Cain killed Abel, and then he became a fugitive and a wanderer. Was all lost? How could God fulfill his promise? He graciously gave Eve another son, Seth. And notice what Eve said about her son, that God had appointed (“Seth” sounds like the Hebrew word for “appointed”) for her another offspring. Eve still trusted God’s promise, and perhaps she even hoped or thought that Seth would be the promised deliverer.

Adam and Eve longed for the offspring who would come and crush the serpent. They and their descendants would endure the hatred, the enmity of the serpent. And one day, in God’s perfect timing, the promised offspring of the woman would come to redeem his people (Galatians 4:4-5). Come, Lord Jesus!

And though this world, with devils filled,
should threaten to undo us,
we will not fear, for God has willed
his truth to triumph through us.
The prince of darkness grim,
we tremble not for him;
his rage we can endure,
for lo! his doom is sure;
one little word shall fell him.

(Martin Luther)

© 2023 Stephen A. Hoogerhyde.