ďAnd I will put enmity between thee and the
and between thy seed and her seed;
it shall bruise thy head,
and thou shalt bruise his heel.Ē
THE BIBLEíS FIRST PROMISE
This is the first promise to
fallen man. It contains the whole gospel, and
the essence of the covenant of grace. It has
been in great measure fulfilled. The seed of the
woman, even our Lord Jesus, was bruised in His
heel, and a terrible bruising it was.
How terrible will be the
final bruising of the serpentís head! This was
virtually done when Jesus took away sin,
vanquished death, and broke the power of Satan;
but it awaits a still fuller accomplishment at
our Lordís Second Advent, and in the day of
To us the promise stands as a prophecy that we
shall be afflicted by the powers of evil in our
lower nature, and thus bruised in our heel: but
we shall triumph in Christ, who sets His foot on
the old serpentís head.
Throughout this year we may
have to learn the first part of this promise by
experience, through the temptations of the
devil, and the unkindness of the ungodly who are
his seed. They may so bruise us that we may limp
with our sore heel; but let us grasp the second
part of the text, and we shall not be dismayed.
By faith let us rejoice
that we shall still reign in Christ Jesus,
the womanís seed.