One of the most amazing prophecies ever made concerning the coming of the Messiah is found in the Old Testament. The prophecy is basically in its embryonic form and it foretells the coming of the “seed of the woman” who will crush the serpent’s head.
Genesis 3:15 “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
As we all know, this was the curse upon the serpent for tempting Eve to eat the forbidden fruit at the Garden of Eden. The text is also suggestive of:
- A prophecy, in its primary stage, concerning the coming of a redeemer.
- The unusual use of the pronoun “he” and “his” reveals that one person is meant.
- The word “seed” speaks of offspring or descendant but it is also used in reference to the unusual way that the seed is going to be brought into the world.
In the natural state of things, the seed comes from the male or the man and not from a woman or female. And yet right here, we can already sense an extra ordinary reference that God alone has envisioned through the corridors of time.
Now, let’s have a closer look:
- Among the descendants of Eve, only one was born of a woman and not of a man.
- The word “enmity” speaks of a warfare.
- Satan’s seed or descendant is fallen man (man in his fallen nature).
- Bruising the head speaks of crushing one’s authority.
Between 750 to 800 years B.C. the prophet Isaiah made one of the most stunning prophecy concerning the woman and her seed.
“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14)
Now, it becomes clearer that the woman foretold was not just any woman or any young woman for that matter. It actually refers to a virgin who shall conceive without any human intervention. But how could that be? We know that by nature, in order to propagate human offspring or initiate the process of conception in a woman, man needs to participate as a biological contributor.
In Galatians 4:4-5, the prophecy was fulfilled concerning the seed of the woman:
“But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship”.
The Greek word for “adoption to sonship” is a legal term referring to the full legal standing of an adopted male heir in the Roman culture.
For a believer, being born again into the kingdom of God gives you the right to become an adopted child of God, a member of God’s family (John 1:12). And as an adopted child, you will be afforded with the same birthright as those of the legitimate children. If the legitimate children deserves mercy, adopted children also deserves mercy. If legitimate children deserves protection, adopted children likewise deserves protection, if legitimate children deserves blessings, adopted children also deserves blessings, and so on and so forth.
Jesus Christ was the promised seed of the woman back in Genesis 3:15. There is no doubt that Jesus was the promised Redeemer who shall bruise the serpent’s head. This was fulfilled when He was crucified on the cross.
Even the scientific view agrees that Jesus Christ is called the Redeemer because the original copy of the “good Adam” – the Adam before the Fall – is hidden safely in Him (Colossians 3:4). And as the last Adam, Jesus Christ retains every conceivable elements of the first Adam, including his DNA in its “perfect” condition. Moreover, He has the power and authority to restore all things in their perfect condition in His time.
In Colossians 2: 13-15, “When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross”.
Through the atoning sacrifice of Christ, God has forgiven us all our sins. Jesus cancelled our legal indebtedness – past, present, and future. The same indebtedness that condemned us before the eyes of God. This is called justification. Justification is a legal declaration from God that we are righteous in His sight, and this is through the righteousness of Christ imputed upon us.
The virgin, of course, was Mary from the tribe of Judah. The angel Gabriel announced God’s plan to her that she will conceive the Messiah through the Holy Spirit. Mary was, in a sense, a model for all the women to follow. She was meek, she was pure and most of all she responded with faith and obedience to the will of God, saying, “…Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word…”(Luke 1:38 – ESV)