Sunday, 8 May 2011

God’s Promise to the First Mother

The first mother had time to admire the beauty of Eden.

Joel Kontinen

The life of the first mother was a mixture of drama and tragedy. She was created into a perfect world that knew nothing of suffering but then she broke God’s commandment.

This marked the beginning of sufferings. In addition to Eden, Eve also lost his son Abel, and Cain had to flee from home following the first murder.

However, God did not discard Eve or her husband Adam. He pronounced judgement on the serpent and predicted: ”And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” (Genesis 3:15, NIV).

Theologians usually think that this pronouncement (known as the protoevangel) was the first promise of the Redeemer.

God would send a Saviour who on the cross would pay the price incurred by the first humans in Eden and crush the serpent’s or Satan’s head.