Redemption Foretold in Genesis

Hello readers! I’m back! I want to thank the lovely Lisa Helene for filling in for me with a beautiful recap of my first scripture study session. I attended my second session last night and was again impressed by Jeff Cavins‘ incredible grasp of detail and nuance in the Bible. He pointed out that God’s promise and plan for salvation began immediately after the fall of Adam and Eve.

The story of The Fall of Man is told in Genesis 3 when the serpent successfully tempts Eve to eat the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. She then gets Adam to take a bite and that’s when things get interesting! God is understandably upset and tells the serpent:

Because you have done this, you shall be banned from all the animals and from all the wild creatures: On your belly shall you crawl, and dirt shall you eat all the days of your life.  I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers;(emphasis added) He will strike at your head, while you strike at his heel.”- Gen. 3:14-15

Notice that God is very specific about where the offspring comes from. He says “hers”, referring to the offspring of woman. He does not say “theirs” to refer to the offspring of both man and woman. A subtle but clear foreshadowing of the virgin birth of Christ who will once and for all crush the head of the serpent and redeem us all.

Now before you start accusing me of becoming a fundamentalist and taking too literal a reading of the Bible, let me assure you that this class also emphasizes the fact that the stories in the Book of Genesis are not scientific history but stories borrowed from other cultures and civilizations used to tell essential truths. The “fact of the matter”, as Jeff Cavins might say, is that even though it is likely that the true “Adam and Eve” were probably a homo sapien couple procreating in Africa, where human beings evolved, God has always known that the temptation to sin, as a result of our free will, would always be at odds with our desire to do good through our capacity to love. He had a plan in mind from the very beginning to make love the victor over sin.

Have a blessed week!

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