“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.”
“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed!”
That, beloved reader, is the everlasting Gospel of our Covenant God! Look at the picture of the erstwhile harmonious Paradise, after the devil has done his hellish work! Man, created in God’s image and likeness, placed into covenant communion of friendship and love with his God, is fallen away from Him who is the Source of heavenly glee and jubilation.
Neither is he neutral with respect to God. He has made a very careful covenant with heJi1 and the devil. His slave he is and will be after the successful temptation. He is an enemy of God, and his seed will be the same. And we note the enmity at once. When God comes to him in His great mercy, and says: Where art thou? he crawls away into the underbrush and hides himself from the light and the love of God. When God takes him to task for his disobedience, he accuses God: the woman whom Thou gavest to be with me! When the woman is addressed and accused of her evil, she says: The serpent beguiled me! There is no honesty or uprightness left in their inmost heart. Instead, they should have said: We have sinned against Thee! We are guilty and we have deserved nothing but to be cast away forever from Thy love and from Thy grace!
But they are filled with enmity against God.
They are of the party of the devil, and have become his spiritual children. And from that time on, all they can do is produce offspring of the same kind, with this difference that they will make it worse from year to year and from generation to generation, until the wholly logical seed will be produced in the end of the ages: the Antichrist! The foul seed of sin which our first parents sowed calls for the fouler fruit of the Man of sin who will sit in the temple of God in the end of the ages, proudly proclaiming that he is God!
Indeed, there is enmity in the heart of man, but it is enmity against God!
But God said: “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman!”
That means that Eve went to heaven. If you ever are required to produce proof for the contention that Eve is saved, you will find it here. God placed enmity against the devil in the heart of the woman, and that is Eve, our first mother. And to hate the devil is principally to love God. You cannot love God and not hate the devil, and conversely, you cannot hate the devil and not love God. The one postulates the other. The service of God is antithetical.
And if you ask me how the Lord put enmity in the heart of Eve against the devil, then the answer is easy: God put the love of God in her heart through His Word and His Holy Spirit.
And that results in two things.
First, if you have the love of God in your heart, you will hate all that is evil. And, remember, that is so in the absolute sense of the word: all evil. There is no evil which a man loves who has the love of God in his heart. And the reason is clear. God hates all evil, and so His child hates all evil. There is no exception to the rule that God hates evil, is there? At once your heart and mind answers: No! The same holds true of the child of God who has the love of God spread abroad in his heart through the Holy Ghost that is given unto him or her. And, incidentally, that is the reason why John says that whosoever is born of God sinneth not, for he cannot sin.
Second, if you have the love of God in your heart, the devil will hate you. And the reason is clear: the devil hates goodness. And also here, there are no exceptions to the rule. Are you a child of God? Then the devil hates you with a cruel hatred. And he hates you, not so much because you are you, but only because he smells God in you, he tastes God in you, he hears and sees and feels God in you, And God he hates, and God he would like to murder, and God he will murder on the cruel cross in the fullness of time.
Hence, to have enmity put in your heart by God is the most blessed Gospel of God. I am glad I hate the devil, and that he hates me. For it is proof that I have the love of God in my heart, and that I hate evil, even the devil, who is the very embodiment of evil.
Oh, the boon of having enmity against the devil divinely put into one’s heart!
“And between thy seed and her seed!”
“Thy seed” refers to the children of the devil.
You ask: how can the devil have offspring? Well, he cannot have real, natural offspring, for he is a spirit, and spirits do not marry and have sexual life.
But the Lord God here speaks of spiritual children. And Jesus affirms it. Said He: “You 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.” This Scripture is very illuminating with respect to the subject matter at hand. If you are a natural son or daughter of Eve, you are conceived of the devil, and the sphere of that conception is the sphere of the lie. So that the product is the foul product of the lie.
And that is true of all of us, as we are by nature. Can anyone produce the clean out of the unclean? No, not one. We are all children of the devil by nature, and therefore we are all liars from our birth. And the principal lie is this: God is no God! There is no God. But to the contrary: I am God and there is no other God besides me. But the seed of the woman receive the love of God in their heart, become regenerated and converted, receive the image of the heavenly in their heart and mind and soul, become in a sense Godlike, certainly the sons of God! There is all the difference.
Incidentally, note that the seed of the woman receive the enmity against the evil in their heart, put there of God! Later, people would quarrel about what the seed receive. Some say: God offers to put the enmity there. Others say: God promises to put the enmity there, Still others: you may put it there yourself. But the text says: And I will put enmity between . . . thy seed and her seed! Here is the only warranted conclusion: if you want to put content into the phrase: the seed of the woman, you will have to say: those that are or will be regenerated, in other words, the elect. I am curious to know what could ever be said against this. God simply says: I will put enmity between thy seed, that is, the devil’s children, and her seed, that is, God’s children who receive the love of God in their heart. God does not say: I will put that blessed enmity against the devil in your heart, provided you believe on Me or on Christ! But He says: I will put enmity in your heart, and therefore you believe! Believing on God in Christ is the proof that the enmity is put there. Wonderfully comfortable doctrine!
” . . . and her seed.”
Yes, that is the offspring of God throughout all the ages. That is the Church of God, the number of the elect unto eternal life. But they have a core, a center, a common origin in the one Seed of all seeds of God. Principally, the seed here is Christ Jesus the Lord.
Paul is our instructor here. Said he in Gal. 3:16: “Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.”
Oh yes, Christ is the Seed of God. He has the love of God and therefore the enmity against the devil in His heart as no other son or daughter of Adam. He is the beginning of the creation of God, the Firstborn of all the creatures. He is the First-begotten of the dead and the Image of the invisible God. It all turns around Him. It was not God’s purpose to unite Himself with all created things unto the everlasting joys of His covenant through Adam and Eve and their posterity. He wanted to unite all things in Christ, the Seed of all seeds.
And so the Lord God placed enmity in Jesus’ heart against the devil like in no other. And how He hated the devil. Wherever He smelled him, Jesus said: Get thee behind me, Satan!
Blessed enmity against the devil. It spells the love of God. In Christ Jesus the Lord!
“It shall bruise thy head!”
Yes, that means historically first of all that we hate the whole race of snakes and that we crush their heads. But its fulfillment came in the fullness of time. Hatred against the devil was never revealed as when Jesus took the devil and crushed his head on Calvary.
The head is representative of the mind, the counsel, the planning brain. And the plan of the devil is known to us. He would remove God from His Throne and put himself in His place. And, consequently, he would destroy God’s kingdom on earth; he would replace God as the King of His created people, and become in His stead the Prince of this world.
But Jesus breaks this head, crushes this counsel of the devil, and brings it to naught. First, He restores and exalts the revealed covenant communion between God and man to heavenly heights. He does so by taking the sin of Adam and of the seed of the woman on His own head and pays for it. And further He fulfills the law of God, and does it so intensively that they for whom He labored are brought very closely to the heart of God.
Second, He earns the right of the judgment of the devil and of all his seed. The Lord God told Him this: Sit Thou at My right hand, until I shall make Thy enemies Thy footstool. Oh yes, the head of the Serpent is crushed.
” . . . . and thou shalt bruise his heel.”
And how the devil has bruised us! Principally, this refers to all the anguish and pain and horror which Jesus suffered of man and of devils. But it also refers to the suffering which the seed of the woman received from man inspired by the devil and devils, as well as the suffering which we endured immediately from the hand of the devil and his demons. There is temptation and doubt which he always will try to sow in our hearts. And he sometimes, no, often succeeds. But we have the victory.
The bruising of our heel is only a “light affliction which is but for a moment,” and here is the joy in the midst of the tribulations of the devil: they work an exceeding weight of glory.
Blessed enmity! Blessed love of God which is spread abroad in our hearts, through the Holy Ghost which is given unto us!