14The 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.
15I 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.”
Sin has consequences. As soon as God gets answers from Adam and Eve about their sin He tells them the bad news about the consequences of their actions. This is where the Gospel begins. There is no proper explanation of the coming of the Son of God into the world to die for sinners without the understanding that sin must be punished. The Gospel cannot properly be understood without a proper understanding of the fall and its consequences.
God first of all talks to the snake and the key to what God says to him is not the physical punishment on the snake. It is the prophecy that God makes to Satan regarding the triumph of the offspring of the woman over him.
The upshot of what God says to the serpent is that the woman’s offspring – Christ, will triumph over the offspring of the serpent – Satan. Jesus Christ will crush the head of the serpent.
The rest of the Bible is the unfolding of the plan of God to send this offspring of the woman into the world. Christ has come and He has done the work of crushing Satan’s head. Satan is a defeated foe and the defeat happened at the cross. While evil still is very real and very effective in the world, it is guaranteed to be destroyed once for all and that guarantee took place at Calvary.
Today, live as one who has been purchased by Christ to triumph over sin. Demonstrate the truth that the cross does a powerful work in the lives of those who have come to Him who has defeated sin and death.