“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)
I’m not of the opinion that after receiving this sentence, the Adversary threw up a white flag and surrendered. To the contrary, I would argue that, from that moment, he has been planning just how to reverse this decision. For instance, Cain lured his brother, righteous Abel, into a field and murdered him. In fact, tradition has it that Cain bludgeoned him to death, that is, struck him over the head. When Esau was born, Jacob had hold of his heel, I believe, in an effort to prevent Esau’s heel from crushing his head. The point: from the beginning the Adversary has been working to bruise the head of the righteous seed rather than being bruised by their heel.
Unfortunately, God’s people will often give assistance to the Adversary in this regard. We give him opportunity to do this when we fail to walk as we should; in other words, when we walk in disobedience and fail to function in our purpose. Messiah said:
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.” (Matthew) 5:13
To be “trampled underfoot” implies that we are under the heel of the enemy when we aren’t doing what we are here to do — being salt and light. This is likely why Jerusalem is to be “trodden down” of the gentiles until the times of the gentiles are fulfilled (Luke 21:24).
The obvious solution to this situation is to purpose within in our hearts to fulfill God’s plan in us and for us. We can’t allow the light to be extinguished; we can’t allow our saltiness to be diluted with the things of this world. We are called to follow in the footsteps (heel prints) of the Messiah and overcome this world. So then, let’s be about our Father’s business.
Blessings and Shalom,