A straightforward, literal reading of the Bible’s record of history teaches us that approximately 6,000 years have passed since Adam and Eve’s fall into sin. That’s a lot of years. The fact is, though, that the specific evidences the Bible associates with that fall are still on display each and every day. Over the next three posts we’ll look at these evidences in the order in which God instituted them. We’ll start with the evidences involving the serpent/Satan.
The Garden of Eden’s serpent was the creature through whom the fallen angel we call Satan spoke in temptation to Eve. Basically, Satan “demon possessed” the serpent by entering into its physical body. If you find it unbelievable that a fallen angel can enter into the body of a creature, I would remind you that a large group of demons once asked Jesus to cast them into a herd of swine (Matthew 8:28-32; Mark 5:1-13; and Luke 8:26-33).
God’s judgment upon the serpent itself was that the creature would be cursed to go on its belly and eat dust all the days of its life (Genesis 3:14). Furthermore, we can be safe in assuming that this judgment also extended to the serpent’s mate and all its offspring. Does this mean that Eden’s serpent originally walked upright? It’s pretty much impossible to interpret this judgment in any other way. And I don’t have to explain that snakes today are still forced to locomote by way of their bellies.
As for Satan, he got judged as well. First, God said to him, “I will put enmity between you and the woman” (Genesis 3:15). That meant that from then on Eve and Satan would be enemies. There would be no more intimate conversations between the two of them. Yes, Satan had deceived her and caused her to get too chummy with him (1 Timothy 2:14), but that wouldn’t be happening again. Now she would understand that he was, in reality, her arch enemy.
Second, God promised to take the enmity between Eve and Satan even further by making “the seed of the woman” and “the seed of Satan” enemies (Genesis 3:15). Since women don’t have reproductive seed, the term “the seed of the woman” is a clear reference to Jesus and His virgin birth. The term “the seed of Satan” is a reference to the spiritually lost people of the world (Matthew 13:38; John 8:44; Acts 13:10; and 1 John 3:10). The enmity that existed between Jesus and spiritually lost people reached its climax in lost people getting Him crucified, but the fact is that the enmity continues to exist today as lost people still reject Him and rebel against Him on a daily basis.
Third, God said that even though Satan would bruise Jesus’ heel, Jesus would bruise Satan’s head (Genesis 3:15). With these words God was metaphorically playing off Satan’s association with the serpent. While a bruise to a person’s heel is painful, it isn’t permanent or fatal. In contrast, a great enough bruise to a snake’s head is permanent and fatal. If you’ve ever run over a snake’s body with your car, you know that the blow doesn’t actually kill the snake. However, if you run over a snake’s head, that blow will kill the snake.
God didn’t fill in all the details of His metaphorical illustration, but history would eventually prove that He meant that Satan would work through his children to get Jesus killed, but that the death wouldn’t be permanent or fatal because Jesus would resurrect three days later. More importantly, the spiritual blow that Jesus would strike by dying that death for the sins of the human race would be an eternally fatal one for Satan and His cause. Ultimately, Satan and all his seed are doomed because of Christ’s death and resurrection, and what we see on a daily basis in this world are merely the dying battle throes of a spiritual war that has already been decided.
Because of this the most important question that I can ask you is: Have you placed saving belief in Jesus (the seed of the woman) as your personal Savior or are you still a part of the seed of Satan? If you have never placed saving belief in Jesus, let me urge you to do so right now. Make no mistake, He is the only one who can provide the salvation that you need to rescue you from the eternal judgment brought upon the human race by Adam and Eve’s fall into sin.
Oh, and there’s something else that I need to add in here, too. Whether you realize it or not, if you don’t know Jesus as Savior, you are actually living a life of enmity against Him as you pursue the desires of your spiritual father, Satan (John 8:44). Don’t believe it? Then let me point out that Jesus Himself said, “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad” (Matthew 12:30, Luke 11:23 N.K.J.V.). You see, you are either with Jesus or you are actively working against Him. According to Jesus’ own standard, there is no middle ground. And so I ask you again: Have you placed saving belief in Jesus (the seed of the woman) as your personal Savior or are you still a part of the seed of Satan? Never forget that nothing less than your eternal destiny is riding on your answer.