“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” (Genesis 3:15)
This is one of the most profound and fundamental of all verses in the whole of Scripture because it establishes a principle that runs from the beginning to the end. More than just loathing the sight of a snake, it establishes that a state of war exists between good and evil personified in the Seed of the Woman and the seed of the serpent.
The word “enmity” literally infers “hostility and malice” and, seeing that these are harsh terms, it is important to acknowledge that the Creator is the one who established this distinction between the two opposing forces. We understand that, ultimately, the Seed of the Woman is the Messiah who, at His resurrection, destroyed the works of the Adversary (1 John 3:8). In the process, His heel was bruised, most literally, when a spike was driven through His heel.
Yet Messiah also acknowledges that, as His followers, we have been given the authority to bruise the head of the serpent as well.
“Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Luke 10:19)
If we are in Him, then we are authorized to trample on the head of the serpent and overcome the power of the enemy. In the process, we may also experience the pain of a bruised heel but must, nevertheless, commit ourselves to following our King all the way to the goal He has set before us.
Blessings and Shalom,