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Genesis 3:15 (TLV)
“15 I will put animosity
between you and the woman—
between your seed and her seed.
He will crush your head,
and you will crush his heel.[a]”
“Four Steps to Failure
The Fall was the result of a four-stage process that began with doubt, led to denial and disbelief, and culminated in disobedience. Satan led the woman to doubt when he said, “Did God really say” (Gen. 3: 1). Doubt led to questioning God’s Word and then denying it altogether. After doubt and denial came disbelief, which resulted in the disobedience of eating from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. The disastrous results included disharmony, disease, dismissal from Eden, and ultimately death. The dire consequences of the Fall can be summed up in one word: exile. Exile is about disconnection and distance.
There are four aspects to exile that connect to the four aspects of the Fall.
1. Spiritual Exile
Adam and Eve’s disobedience led them to become distant and disconnected from God. Adam and Eve hid in shame and were exiled from the presence of the Lord in Eden. The ultimate consequence of spiritual exile is spiritual death, which means dying while in spiritual exile and being permanently disconnected from God for all eternity.
2. Relational Exile
Man and woman became disconnected and distant from each other. When questioned by God, the man blamed the woman and even the Lord who gave her to him. The relational disconnection spread to their family and only worsened. Their firstborn son, Cain, murdered his younger brother, Abel, out of jealousy. Humanity has struggled with unhealthy and dysfunctional relationships ever since. Divorce, sibling rivalries, abuse, misogyny, racism, discrimination, and even genocide all have their roots in the relational exile that resulted from the Fall.
3. Emotional and Psychological Exile
After the Fall we became distant from our true selves and God-given identities. Our minds and feelings became fragmented and corrupted, causing emotional and psychological confusion, chaos, and sickness. Our identities were damaged, our destinies blurred and stolen from us.
4. Physical Exile
Adam and Eve were banished from Eden. Humanity became physically distant and disconnected from the creation they were supposed to rule over and steward. Creation was cursed, and the material world began to fluctuate between order and disorder, resulting in natural disasters and physical diseases. The ground was cursed, and humanity needed to work to earn their bread by “the sweat of [their] brow” (Gen. 3: 19).
Our disobedience affected every aspect of creation and caused misalignment in the material world. The ultimate result of living in physical exile is death. Our physical bodies will die of disease and decay in fulfillment of God’s pronouncement (Gen. 3: 19). Finding Hope in Judgment Exile is a reality, but it’s not finality. In God’s pronouncement of judgment on the serpent, there is a ray of hope, found in the first direct messianic prophecy in the Scripture: “I will put animosity between you [the serpent] and the woman—between your seed and her seed He [the Seed of the woman] will crush your head, and you will crush his heel.” (Gen. 3: 15) There is a perpetual cosmic struggle between the serpent and his seed and the woman and her seed. The seed of the serpent (Satan) are those who choose to do his will and harbor hostility toward the woman and her seed, those who follow and worship the One true God and Creator of all (Gen. 3: 15).
The second half of Genesis 3: 15 speaks of a final conflict in which two blows are inflicted. The Seed of the woman deals a death blow by crushing the head of the serpent. The serpent, in turn, deals a fatal blow by striking the Seed’s heel. There is, however, a critical difference between these two deaths. The Seed of the woman’s death would be temporary, not fatal like the serpent’s, and it would lead to the defeat and eternal destruction of Satan and his seed. Commenting on Genesis 3: 15, the rabbis confirm the identity of the Seed of the woman as the Messiah. “But they will be healed in his footsteps (heels) in the days of King Messiah.” 5”
— Mysteries of the Messiah: Unveiling Divine Connections from Genesis to Today by Rabbi Jason Sobel
Timothy S. Lewis
Hebrews 13:20-21 (TPT)
Apostolic Blessing and Conclusion
“20 Now may the God who brought us peace by raising from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ so that he would be the Great Shepherd of his flock; and by the power of the blood of the eternal covenant 21 may he work perfection into every part of you giving you all that you need to fulfill your destiny. And may he express through you all that is excellent and pleasing[a] to him through your life-union with Jesus the Anointed One who is to receive all glory forever! Amen! Read full chapter”
1 Corinthians 15:57-58 (TPT)~
“57 But we thank God for giving us the victory as conquerors through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One. 58 So now, beloved ones, stand firm, stable, and enduring. Live your lives with an unshakable confidence. We know that we prosper and excel in every season by serving the Lord, because we are assured that our union with the Lord makes our labor productive with fruit that endures. “