And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Genesis 3:15

Surprise and wonderment can occur at the turn of a single word. When I was preparing to teach a Bible study this week this scripture, that I’ve read many times, stood out to me. God said, “I WILL,” not “YOU WILL.” Oftentimes when we do something wrong we are the ones that have to make it right. But, here in Genesis, when Adam and Eve fail miserably, God didn’t say “you need to figure a solution on your own.” Instead, God said, “I WILL” make a way and pave a path toward salvation.

Genesis 3:15 is full of mystery and intrigue, as a conquering promise is given to Eve over a scheming menace, whom we refer to as the serpent. The Hebrew Bible has more to offer than a few beautifully depicted sentences; it has hope, love, and abundant life.

Redemption for Humanity

Genesis 3:15 is a prophecy that elucidates a plan of redemption for all humanity. This scripture explains that God would manifest Himself in flesh (John 1:14), be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6), dwell among His people, and then endure a tormenting death by being crucified. Jesus, our sinless Lamb of God, bruised the serpent’s head the day he was nailed to the cross. The moment Jesus “gave up the ghost” was the moment He conquered death, hell, and the grave (cf: Matthew 27:50; Revelation 1:18; 20:10) and the moment when Genesis 3:15 was fulfilled.

A reigning truth of the Bible is that God has a plan: a plan to forgive, a plan to redeem, and a plan to restore. Today, right now in this moment, there is still a promise of a Redeemer! Through God, you can be an overcomer, you can be healed, and you can be saved.

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
John 16:33.

Prayer: Lord, I need You to be my redeemer. Remind me that You have a plan for my life and help me to emulate You because I desire to be an overcomer, I desire to have peace, and I desire to be restored. I love you, Jesus, redeemer of my soul. Thank you for enduring the cross, for bruising the serpent’s head, and for giving me a plan of redemption.


Angela Overton is a lover of words, nature, and coffee. She is an ordained minister with the UPCI, has a Masters Degree in Theology, and loves to teach Bible studies. She and her amazing husband, Michael, pastor in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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