TEXT: Genesis 3:14-15
14 And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
— PRAYER —
How to Hope: Lessons from the Jews and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 1
Robert L. Deffinbaugh said, “At some times in Israel’s history, the anticipation of Messiah’s coming was great, while at other times the sense of expectancy waned. In many instances, Israel’s hopes seemed to be dashed on the rocks of reality. It is only as we can appreciate the rising and falling hopes of God’s people that we can more fully grasp the greatness of the event of Christ’s birth.”
There has been a lot of talk in the news lately about the Jews, Israel, and anti-Semitism (which is said to be, once again, on the rise). The so-called “Jewish Question,” or, perhaps, more accurately, the Jewish Enigma is often at the forefront of international discussion. The place and plight of the Jews in society carries an even greater significance for Christians, those who follow the Jewish Messiah, Jesus Christ. Throughout our time here at Second Coming Chapel, we have mostly focused on New Testament passages which tell us about the End Times, and which tell us how we ought to live in times close to the End.
But, especially during this period of Lent, leading up to Easter, we are reminded anew of the significance of Jesus’ First Coming. And, in this new series, I would like to call your attention back to the chosen people who lived for hundreds of years in expectation of the Messiah. It stands to reason that the Old Testament can teach us much about how to hope in the anticipated arrival of the Lord. As you may know, one of our mottos here at Second Coming Chapel is: “keeping real hope alive.” Throughout this series, we will travel through the Old Testament and seek to learn from the Hebrew Scriptures how to keep real hope alive as we live in expectation of the Second Coming of the Messiah.
The first passage we are looking at is Genesis 3:14-15, in which we have a record of God cursing the serpent used by Satan to tempt Eve and Adam to sin. The serpent had the ability to either walk or fly before, but it was cursed by God to go on its belly. Further, God states, “I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” Regarding this passage, Dr. John MacArthur states, “The Hebrew word translated ‘bruise’ can also mean ‘to crush.’ A bruised or crushed heel is not a deadly wound, but a crushed head is fatal. God was telling mankind that the evil one would one day bruise His Servant, Jesus Christ, but the Son of God would crush the head of the serpent once and for all. In this, we have our first glimpse of God’s plan of salvation for mankind—a plan that He revealed on the very day of man’s first sin!”
If you are a normal person, at some point in your life, you likely have come to the realization that you hate sin. You hate your sin. You hate other people’s sin. You hate that sin has infected the world and caused so much pain, suffering, and grief. By extension, you hate the serpent — Satan, who tempted our first parents to sin. That feeling of hatred is a fulfillment of God’s curse on the serpent: “I will put enmity between thee (the serpent) and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed.” The word “enmity” means “hatred.”
The Hebrews, the people who first heard the account of the Fall and the Curse, also knew the enmity that this passage speaks of. When they had a clear-eyed perspective, they realized that they also hated Satan, the serpent, because of what sin did to their families and their country. The Bible gives us a record of many of the disasters that befell the people of Israel because of sin. It seemed that, very often, Satan had the upper hand in the Promised Land. But, the Hebrews could find comfort in the promise that, one day, the seed (or descendant) of the Woman would crush the serpent’s head and defeat sin and Satan forever. They did not know who the Seed would be or how this Crushing would take place. But they had hope because of the promise of God who cannot lie.
When we see sin and the consequences of sin all around us in the world today, we ought to be reminded that Jesus Christ, the Seed of the Woman and the Son of God, has already come and has defeated Sin and Satan on the Cross. Unless we let it, sin has no more power over us. And, one day soon, Christ will return to wash the effects of sin away from the world forever, establishing a new world that Satan cannot touch.
Marianne Hearn wrote:
We hope in Thee, O God!
The day wears on to night;
Thick shadows lie across our world,
In Thee alone is light.
We hope in Thee, O God!
The fading time is here,
But Thou abidest strong and true
Though all things disappear.
We hope in Thee, O God!
Hope fails us otherwhere;
But since Thou art in all that is,
Peace takes the hand of care.
We hope in Thee, O God!
In whom none hope in vain;
We cling to Thee in love and trust,
And joy succeeds to pain.
Now, if you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, I urge you to trust in Him because He is coming again and you do not want to be left behind. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and the consequences of sin.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.