Satan's Doom Announced

Then the Lord sought that which was lost, the guilty pair, and

addressed the serpent. The words the Lord then spoke contain the first

prophecy of the Bible. It concerns Satan, how God will deal with him

and his final doom. "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman,

and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head and thou

shalt bruise his heel" (Gen. iii:15). Without fully explaining this

prophecy, which may well be termed the germ of all subsequent prophecy,

we but point out what it means. From the woman there is to come a

seed, an offspring who is to bruise the head of the serpent (Satan),

that is, overcome the serpent, and that the serpent is to bruise the

heel of the seed of the woman. Furthermore, there is to rage a

conflict between the serpent and the woman and between the serpent's

seed and the seed of the woman. There can be no question whatever that

the seed of the woman means the Son of God in His incarnation. Paul

writes to the Galatians, "But when the fulness of time was come God

sent forth His Son made of a woman" (Gal. iv:4). He is the seed of the

woman, the virgin-born Son of God. His death is mentioned in this

first prophecy as the bruising of His heel. Then the final victory

over Satan and his final doom, his head is to be bruised. And till

that is accomplished there is to be conflict between the seed of the

woman and the seed of the serpent, a conflict between those who side

with God, believe on and wait for the promised One, and those who side

with Satan and his works. Satan heard then from the lips of Jehovah

that the seed of the woman would conquer him and seal his doom.

His Work and the Conflict Begins

The predicted conflict began at once. Two sons are born to Adam and

Eve. Satan watched them. He is interested to see if one of them might

be "the seed." He saw Cain bringing an offering of the fruit of the

ground (the labor of his hands) unto the Lord.[2] Satan must have been

delighted with Cain, as he beheld him, as a self-righteous man,

rejecting God's provision for him as a sinner. He knew Cain was his

man and belonged to his seed. It was different with Abel. Abel

brought of the firstlings of the flock and of the fat thereof. "By

faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by

which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his

gifts" (Heb. xi:3). He was a believer, who owned himself as a sinner

and because he believed, God accepted his offering. As Satan beheld

this scene he must have imagined that Abel was "the seed of the woman."

Then he filled Cain with wrath and moved him to slay his brother Abel.

Thus Satan manifested himself in the beginning of the human race as the

liar and the murderer. Our Lord testified of this character of the

enemy when He spoke to those who conspired to kill Him and who belonged

to the Devil's seed: "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of

your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and

abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he

speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own; for he is a liar and the father

of it" (John viii:44). But the murder of Abel was unavailing. Eve

bore another son "and called his name Seth, for God, said she, hath

appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew" (Gen.

iv:25). Satan was defeated for the first time.

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