Bowie Apostolic Church
Day 1: The First Messianic Prophecy
by From the Pastor's Desk on March 1st, 2013

He Shall Bruise Your Head

Genesis 3:14 The LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. 15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” 
The term “messianic” means of or referring to the Messiah (or Anointed One). Another word for Anointed One is Christ. Although He was no mere man, the man Jesus Christ is our Messiah. The world found that out 2,000 years ago, but many people knew He would come centuries before He was revealed to the world. This month we will discover these predictions and marvel together at the collective precision of the biblical evidence. As it turns out, the word of God has predicted the Messiah ever since the account of the fall of man (when Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit).

After the fall of man, God set forth curses upon Adam, Eve and the serpent. In Genesis chapter 3, we read what God says to the serpent. Spiritual beings do manifest in physical form. The serpent was Satan in physical form. Through deception, the serpent tempted the innocent into giving up more power and authority that they ever knew they had. God predicted an ultimate punishment upon him. The curse upon Satan was that the seed of the woman will bruise the serpent’s head.

The seed of the woman was the man Jesus Christ. He is fully man and fully God. Scripture tells us that Jesus “was made of the seed of David according to the flesh (Romans 1:3)” and that He “was made in the likeness of men. (Philippians 2:7).  He is the Seed that God (who is the source of all prophecy) was talking about in Genesis. This is only one part of the prophecy.

The next part was that He would bruise the head of the serpent. This was fulfilled in the death and atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ our Messiah on Calvary. It was at Calvary that Jesus reversed the curse of sin. 1 John 3:8 says “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.” This is exactly what happened on the cross. He “spoiled principalities and powers” and “made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in [Calvary]. (Colossians 2:15)” But this is only the first stage. There is more to come in the endtimes. Scripture once again foretells “and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. (Revelation 20:10)” This will be the complete fulfillment of this prophecy.

Because we are in Christ, we also have victory of the devil. Therefore we can take comfort when the scripture says “And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. (Romans 16:20)” Amen to that! 

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