And Yet the Gospel

Today's Bible reading: Genesis 3:15

Brokenness within ourselves … brokenness in our relationships with others … brokenness between us and the world … brokenness between us and our Creator.  And God confronts us in our brokenness: “Where are you?”  … “Who told you that you were naked?” “Have you eaten from the tree which I commanded you not to eat?”  And yet, there is mercy even in God’s frightening confrontation with Adam.  God seeks him out and will not let him go.  Even the expulsion of Adam and Eve from Eden is a sign of God's continuing love.  The angels and the flaming sword block the way to the tree of life.  Sinful man is not to “eat fruit from the tree of life and live forever” in a permanent state of death and alienation from God.  God is planning to redeem him and restore him to His favor.  The family tree of Adam in the chapters of Genesis that follow also have their Gospel aspect.  Life goes on … mankind begins to grow under God's protection – despite the terrible consequences of sin.

One thing we should take note of here is that the serpent and the ground are cursed, but not Adam and Eve.  We could read Genesis 3:15 as a tragic prophecy of continual struggle between the errors of the serpent and mankind, or between good and evil.  But Christians have long seen a deeper meaning behind this verse: here is the Protoevangel - (first Gospel) - which promises the coming of the Seed of the woman in the person of the One who will crush Satan's head.  This is one case where - by looking back to the Old Testament from the New - we can see a fuller meaning behind God's promises.

Prayer: Lord God heavenly Father, Creator of all things visible and invisible, You are the Author of all life.  Write our names into Your story, into the Lamb’s book of life, that we may be delivered from sin, death and the power of the devil; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen