Kraig Josiah Rice
Genesis- The Way I See It

Genesis Chapter Three
verses 10 through 15

written by
Kraig J. Rice

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Genesis chapter three verses ten through fifteen
  Genesis 3:10-13 Confession
  Genesis 3:14 God curses the serpent
  Genesis 3:15 God had something to say to Lucifer
  God's plan of salvation revealed
  God's promise of a Redeemer

"And he (Adam) said, I heard Thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself. And He said, who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? And the man said, the wife whom Thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the Lord God said unto the wife, what is this that thou hast done? And the wife said, the serpent beguiled me, and I did eat..."
(Genesis 3:10-13).

After one sins, it is time for confession:
There is an old saying that goes like this, "confession is good for the soul". It is good to confess your sins and talk to God about them, asking God to forgive you. Why? There are many reasons but one main one is due to guilt. To a person with a tender conscience, "guilt may eat a person alive". It is good to get that emotional puss away from one's inner spirit so it will not contaminate one's relationship with God. As well, forgiveness is the name of the game if your sin affects one's relationship with another person or more. And after forgiveness comes restitution- one must replace what one corrupted or destroyed that belonged to another when possible. Notice that the cross of Christ has a verticle direction to it. It appears to point upwards. That is symbolic for one's relationship with God. Also notice that the cross has a horizontal direction to it. It appears to point to others. That is symbolic for one's relationship with others. So, what does that mean? That means that, in Christ, one can have a good relationship with Christ and with others at the same time. That is what these scriptures here in Genesis are about. God was delighted that Adam and Eve confessed their sins to Him- and God forgave them but there were consequences to their disobedience against Him. Also notice that Satan, through the serpent, did not confess his sins.

"And the Lord God said unto the serpent, because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field, upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life"
(Genesis 3:14).

God had something to say to the serpent:
God was disappointed when mankind fell. I imagine that God got angry and then put a curse on the serpent, on the woman, on the man, and on the earth. One could say that Adam blamed Eve, Eve blamed the serpent, and the serpent did not have a leg to stand on:-) The appearance of the serpent, thought to be once a large beautiful rainbow colored creature, is now changed into the appearance of something hiddeous. Many believe that God did the same thing to the fallen angels who followed Lucifer in the war in Heaven. God changed their appearance from beautiful white angels to hiddeous looking beings
(Revelation 16:13). The serpent would no longer stand erect but would have to crawl on its belly in disgrace. The serpent is a type for Satan because Satan possessed it in the Garden of Eden. Another reason is that a snake is incapable of showing love, just the opposite of Jesus.

"And I will put enmity between thee and the wife, and between thy seed and her Seed, He shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise His heel"
(Genesis 3:15).

What is the surface meaning of this verse? The surface meaning of this verse means that most folks in this world will hate snakes and will cut off their heads to kill them. However, this is an apocalyptic verse with a hidden spiritual meaning. We see a lot of that type of writing in the bible book of Revelation. So, what is the spiritual meaning of this verse? The spiritual meaning of this verse has two parts to it:
1) God had something to say to fallen Lucifer (Satan), and
2) God revealed to us His plan of salvation for sinful mankind.
Let us take a brief look at these spiritual nuggets of truth.

God had something to say to fallen Lucifer:
What did God say to him? God started where the sin began, with Satan possessing the serpent. This is God's statement to Satan via the serpent,
...and I will put enmity between thee and the wife, and between thy seed and her Seed, He shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise His heel"
(Genesis 3:15).
Satan had already lost the war in Heaven. Now it appears, he was provoking God into another war on this earth. I can imagine God telling the devil, "OK, you want a war on this earth- now you are going to get one." The declaration "I will put enmity between you and the woman," in my way of thinking, is a declaration of war. So now, Satan was going to be locked in deadly spiritual combat in another war of his own choosing.

There is a strong rivalry between God and Satan over mankind. We see this in the bible book of Job
(Job 1:9-12). What is this rivalry about? Satan wants human beings to worship him. We see that in the temptation of Christ where Satan wanted Christ to bow down and worship him
(Matthew 4:9). Satan hates God and wanted to destroy God's plan in the beginning. Satan is against anything that God wants to do today. Satan claims ownership of every person on this earth. Satan has some justification for this because mankind's representative, Adam, turned mankind's authority from God over to Satan when Adam disobeyed God by eating the forbidden fruit. Mankind invited Satan to rule over him. This is called "The Great Fall"- it is the fall of mankind into sin. I can imagine Satan standing before God in Heaven with his high pride and pointing his finger at God and laughing at Him and saying something like "I told You I would take every being that You created for myself- by their own free will. I just took Adam and Eve and all of mankind. I now own them and You do not!" I can understand why God got upset. Satan has no love for any human individual. He has no love in him as he is the essence of evil. He uses a willing person for awhile and then kills that person. However, God loves each individual unconditionally and wants each individual to know that he or she has great value to Him.

In my opinion, God changed the appearance of most of the fallen angels who took Satan's side in the war in Heaven. They are grotesque looking beings- their looks reflecting their hiddeous evil character.

Whenever a man is ready to uncover his sins
God is always ready to cover them

God revealed to us His plan of salvation for sinful mankind:
Many folks have asked the question: how can a sinful person please a holy God? The way that God provided was by the blood of the Lamb
(Revelation 7:14, 12:11) that washes away sin. In God's kindness towards mankind, God immediately instituted a plan of salvation for fallen humanity. We see this in a wonderful promise of a Savior to come, Who would redeem mankind from the curse of sin and its eternal consequences. In other words, this is the first Messianic statement where Jesus Christ is promised to come to fallen humanity to rescue them from their sins on an individual basis. Yes, God and Satan would be locked in deadly spiritual combat, and Satan would own the majority of humanity, but there would be some individuals who would turn from their sins to God. God would empower them and help them to become overcomers. Each would love God and God would own them. God does not deal with quantity but with quality because He does not grade on the curve (average) but on the cross. God affirms to the devil that the devil does not own every individual. Why? Because God always deals with a remnant. It can be the remnant of 8 persons, as was saved on Noah's ark. Likewise, a population of ten percent of the Israelites returned back to Israel from Babylon after the Babylonian captivity. Sometimes, God deals with a single individual. We see this in the bible book of Job
(Job 1:8). And so this spiritual war goes on in the battleground of every heart in every individual on this earth. But how are all individuals on this earth to hear about God and His wonderful plan of salvation? Christ has given His redeemed individuals a Great Commission and it is our job to tell others about Christ and His plan:

"Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature (person). He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned"
(Mark 16:15-16).

Briefly stated, this scripture simply means to share God's word with others. And that is the reason that I am writing this devotional bible commentary. Will not you choose to be on God's side?

Can you tell us more about God's plan for the salvation of a sinful person? Yes. When mankind fell, this created a problem for God. How was God going to redeem mankind after it's fall? But God is always one step ahead of Satan. As soon as mankind fell, God put into operation His plan for the salvation of many individuals. The Apostle Paul, under inspiration, penned these words:
"According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love: having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the beloved"
(Ephesians 1:4-6).

One might say that God's promise for the salvation of mankind entered the world side by side with mankind's sin. God's plan would focus on quality rather than quantity. God's people would always be ournumbered but God would always have a few who loved Him for Who He is. So, God's plan was to send a promised Deliverer "the Woman's Seed" to be the way back to God. Christ is that way and the only way because Jesus said: "...I AM the Way..."
(John 14:6).
It would be a horrible struggle for each redeemed person on a sin-cursed earth. Satan would make sure that no person would gain victory with God that did not suffer in this battle. Christ is the only One Who will save you. Mohammed won't save you, Buddha won't save you, Confucius won't save you, or any other person. Each one is still in his grave. Only Christ will save you. He is not in His grave- He resurrected and is still alive. Because He is still alive, He will save you if you come to Him. Teacher, would you repeat that teaching, please? Ok, let me put it this way:

God's promise of a Redeemer:
This is the first Messianic verse in the bible where God promises to help fix the broken human race through a Redeemer. This is a promise of a Savior of Redemption. It simply means that a Chosen One (Christ) will be born of God's spiritual wife (Spiritual Israel) who will permanently defeat Satan (bruise or crush his head), and in so doing, Christ will suffer temporary injury (bruise His heel). It is only a temporary injury because Christ will raise from the dead. This statement shows God's mercy and a plan for deliverance for all mankind from sin.

Jesus Christ is God and came to earth and became a Man. One of His titles is the Son of Man (so named so that He could identify totally with all of mankind) and was and is the Son of God. He was fully God and fully Man at the same time. He told the Hebrew leaders that but they condemned Him rather than accepted Him
(John 14:6; Mark 14:61-62). Since there is salvation in none other than Christ, the Apostle Paul said:

"For he hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him"
(2 Corinthians 5:21).

Only the blood of Christ can wash away our sins and save us. The blood of Christ is special. It is the only atonement for sin that God accepts. Your blood and mine is tainted with sin so it is not acceptable, but the blood of Christ is NOT tainted with sin so it is acceptable. With His blood He purchased our salvation- it cannot be purchased with gold or silver. He offers His ownership to any person who wants to come to Him by grace through faith.

Christ died, but 3 days later He arose from the dead. By rising from the dead, Christ defeated Satan. Christ took mankind's authority away from the devil as well as the keys of death and hell.

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