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The Protoevangelium (First Gospel)

Posted by: David Carroll

You know the story of how the serpent tempted Eve to eat the fruit of “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil”. Adam was there and ate too and this is what is known as the fall of man. A lesser known fact of the story is the prophesy of a hatred (enmity) between two parties.

Genesis 3:15 (NKJV)

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.

Of course this is God pronouncing judgment and prophesying the results of this great hatred and hostility which would affect all of history. Who is the woman? Is it Eve? Can’t be she has no off spring (seed) yet. Furthermore, to get technical, no woman has seed, rather she has eggs. However prophetically speaking could this not be talking about a virgin birth, and since there is no human father, the woman must in essence have her own seed? So conclude that this is the virgin mother of Christ being prophesied here. Who is her seed? Christ.

So now the hostility expands to the ultimate battle between Christ and Satan. for all of Satan’s efforts, he only succeeds in wounding Christ by playing a God appointed role in Jesus own death and resurrection. Whatever was bruised about Jesus’ heel, it was a temporary infliction caused by dealing a death blow to Satan’s head.

This chapter three contains another indirect reference to the gospel. After pronouncing the penalties Adam and Eve and all of their descendents would have to pay (thorns and thistles from ground, and pain in childbirth). God made clothing of animal skins to cover them.

Genesis 3:21 (NKJV)

Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.

Where did God get these skins? They had to come from a sacrificed animal which would no doubt have produced much blood. Can you see the picture of God’s mercy in providing a covering purchased with the shedding of blood?

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