Summary: This message shows the truth that God had a plan for redemption right from the beginning. Using scriptures from Genesis 3 and Isaiah 7, a persuasive case is built for the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ.
Before Messiah’s Birth
Pastor Eric J. Hanson
December 11, 2011
All the way back in Genesis, God had a plan for redeeming us from sin and its baleful effects. He announced His plan even while pronouncing judgment on the sin of our first parents. In addressing the Devil, who had introduced temptation into the Garden, the Lord God said the following things: “Because you have done this, cursed are you more than all the cattle, and more than every beast of the field. On your belly shall you go, and dust shall you eat all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed.” (Genesis 3: 14-15)
God continued, but suddenly there was redemption for mankind in His prophetic words. “He (the seed of the woman) shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel.” God also said many other important things in those few fateful minutes in the Garden of Eden. Today however, we shall think about these words directed at the Devil.
That day, humankind had fallen into an ongoing state of sin (fulness). To this day, the whole creation and everyone who has ever lived suffers because of this sinfulness which fills the Earth. However, when God told the serpent (The Devil or Satan) that the seed of the woman would bruise (or crush) his head, he was making a very specific point. God’s point was this: The Devil had gained a position of headship over the man and woman by getting them to obey him, and carry out his plan rather than God’s orders. Later Jesus would refer to Satan as “the Prince of this World” and as “The god of this age”. However, God was informing Satan in no uncertain terms: “It ain’t gonna last Devil.” Your new headship over my people will be crushed by this one who is to come.”
God was not taken by surprise that day. Unlike Satan, God has the future in his hands. God already had the plan of salvation for fallen mankind planned out. By telling this to Satan immediately after Satan’s greatest triumph, God totally took the wind our of his sails. In essence God said: “You cannot ultimately win this planet from me.” “Victory shall be mine, and you cannot stop it, no matter how much you scheme.”
Now let’s step back from that scene in the Garden and think about this. Who could God possible cause to be born to the human race, who would be capable of fulfilling God’s own legal requirements of total and unwavering righteousness? Since humankind was now contaminated with sinfulness, how could this ever happen? The answer is hinted at even earlier in Genesis. In Genesis 1:26 we read: “Then God said, Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness; and let them rule…”
Here God (Elohim in the Hebrew language) referred to himself as “us”. This is consistent, because that Hebrew word Elohim is plural! To amplify this short little passage: Then God, who is one God, but also is plural, said: Let us make man…” Who could God possible send to be the “seed of the Woman” He would go do it Himself!