“And I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel.”
Here we have one of the great promises of God.
Adam and Eve had been tempted to sin. They and all of humankind to come were a part of this fall from grace, separation from God and condemnation to death. And, as we know sin, has been rampant in the world ever since and we have not been able to defeat it. But right here at the beginning of the exile comes the promise of God that there would come a time when He would overcome the power of sin and totally destroy its source.
God’s power and authority and victory over sin is triumphantly revealed and proclaimed in the life, the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. And although sin is still operative in the world it is only for a time – and then Satan and sin will be permanently removed from our lives. This is of great importance to us as we grapple with the business of living in this fallen world. Covered by the righteousness of God through our faith in Jesus Christ we can indeed continue with our own personal battles knowing that they are not forever. The end will come and victory is assured for the individual and the corporate Body of Christ.
And although this great promise of God is not always thought of in terms of covenant yet it is accompanied by similar signs. For there is the sacrifice of what was probably a lamb – and the first sacrifice of recorded Biblical history. For God Himself clothed them in garments He had made – and they went out into the world under this covering.
“The LORD God made garments of skin
for Adam and his wife and clothed them”
Evil has been defeated and one day will be extinguished. Stand firm against its temporary presence.
Lord God as You clothed Adam and Eve so clothe me in the saving presence of Jesus Christ and the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit, so that I may in faith stand firm against the world, the flesh and the devil. Amen.