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A Bruised Heel and a Crushed Head


Adam and Eve wore their guilt and sin like an accessory to the makeshift fig leaves that covered their shame.

The cunning serpent did not slither away after deceiving the man and the woman. His forked-tongue darted in and out like he was licking his lips in anticipation. He lingered nearby like a spectator and reveled in his victory over God's new creation.

The serpent marveled at how easy it was to deceive the woman. All he had to do was help her to imagine that what he was tempting her with was so enticing and irresistable—she had to have it. He would have pitied her if he didn't despise her so much.

The evil tempter wriggled and wrangled his way up a crooked branch on the forbidden tree and peaked his small head over a large leaf and watched as God realized his great experiment had failed. The serpent's tail swayed back and forth to the rhythm of God's angry voice.

Then God spoke directly to the serpent, " I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between you offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head and you shall bruise his heel." (Genesis 3:15).

The serpent fell from the tree and sulked through the tall grass as quickly as he could.


Theologians call these words of God the protoevangelium or the first (-proto) announcement of the good news of the gospels (-evangelium). God's plan for the redemption of mankind had been put into motion.

The seed, or the offspring of the woman would be man's only hope. (As Eve was the first mother, all subsequent offspring can trace their lineage to her.) This seed would be the savior, redeemer, Messiah. Embedded in this promise of hope, we see that there will also be warfare; a battle will take place.

A male offspring of Eve will bruise the head of the serpent, and the serpent will bruise the heel of the man. It is interesting to note that God chose the word bruise here. A bruise typically results from crushing, breaking, or wounding by a blunt or heavy instrument (av1611.com). This indicates that the serpent will receive a defeating blow but will not be completely destroyed (This will not occur until the second coming of Christ as prophesied in the book of Revelation).

It also indicates that the man (Jesus) will also suffer a crushing blow, but he will not be destroyed (We know this because the gospels tell us that Jesus rose from the dead; defeating death, hell, and the grave). Though wounded, all the damage done on the cross, would not be final.

The words of the prophet, Isaiah, reinforce this. In Isaiah 53:5 it is written, "He was bruised for our iniquities." And, further in verse 10, "Yet is pleased the Lord to bruise him."


Because Satan was bruised but not yet destroyed, he still has the ability to slither into our gardens, tempt us, and lead us into sin. How is the devil able to get power over people? It is easier than you think. Remember that the devil cannot create, he can only recreate or duplicate. He leads us into sin the same way he did with Eve. He makes sin irresistible and enticing. His hot breath whispers in our ear, "Did God really say?" Like a champion fisherman, he launches his bait into the sea of our consciousness. Unfortunately, we often find ourselves taking the bait. Once we are trapped on his line, the enemy reels us in and leaves us dangling on the hook. The sin, now committed, is relentlessly brought into our remembrance. Day and night, Satan taunts us with the lie that we are failures, we are too far gone, that God will never forgive us. Our hope, our peace, our joy is stolen.

"And the God of peace will soon crush Satan underneath your feet." Romans 16:20. Dear friends, when Satan is crushed under your feet, it does not mean that he is completely destroyed and no longer exists. Remember a time is coming when he will be completely defeated—but that time is not now.

Until Satan is thrown into the lake of fire, he is free to lie, tempt, and mislead people. And he is very busy. 1 Peter 5:8 warns us, "Be sober minded; be watchful your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour." Those who have not received the grace and power to resist him will fall prey to the evil predator. They will be deceived, dominated, and destroyed. For those are in Christ Jesus, we have been given all power and authority to overcome Satan.

"Crushing" simply means that the enemy's destructive power has lost its control over you. The relentless attempts of the devil to destroy you are rendered completely useless.

The moment that you shine the light of truth into the darkness of the enemy, then Satan becomes powerless. "The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it." (John 1: 15.)

The word of God is the light that allows us to view everything and everyone in the right perspective. Psalm 119:25 reminds us, "Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light to my path." Satan's power over you is broken when the eyes of your understanding fully grasp that what he has to offer you is utterly meaningless. Satan is the author of confusion, the father of lies, and the ruler of darkness. Once the light of the truth of Jesus and God's word breaks through the darkness, Satan is crushed under your feet and his power over you is lost forever.


You have the power to crush Satan underneath your feet! Glory to God for the victory!

Blessings,

Susie


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