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)
The gloom of judgment and wrath at the sinners in the garden, has been penetrated by this mysterious pronouncement of God, addressed to the serpent, and not to the guilty man and woman who had already refused accountability to God. Adam and Eve overhear in the sentence passed upon the serpent, the possibility of a reversal.
Evidently even in judgment, the Lord remembers mercy to the fallen couple, for the woman shall bear a son who will ultimately crush the serpent’s head.
This “proto evangel”, (first gospel) came accompanied with dark outline of the entire development of the human race even up to today. It is instructive to look at this brief but potent word of God.
* I will put enmity between thee and the woman….
First of all God says that He himself will be the instigator of this inveterate enmity, which will pulse through all future ages until the time of the final blow to the serpent.
The human race is to be polarized, there will be an invisible divide which will run through the heart of every man. Neutrality will be impossible, and any compromise or accommodation will prove to aid the cause of the serpent, not of the woman.
Jesus, the son of God will one day echo this word when he will proclaim,
Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.(Matthew 10:34-35)
And the Apostle John also warns us of this very enmity, when he says,
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not…Marvel not that the world hates you bretheren”(I John 3:1.13)
Again Jesus, on the night that he was betrayed warned the little company of his followers,
If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.(John 15:18-20)
* Satan hates all mankind but has a special hatred for women… The devil hates women particularly, because the salvation of man would be born of a woman. This is why false religion such as Islam is so harsh and unjust to women, using and abusing them like so much chattel.
Secularism also , being Satanic, is hateful of true womanhood..What is feminism but the hatred of the truly female? It is war on motherhood, nurture, love and support of men, marriage, romance and loyalty. The greatest modern expression of the serpent’s hatred of women would have to be abortion and its twisted twin, homosexuality. Ironically this generation imagines that it has exalted the status of women, when in truth it is ruthlessly destroying it.
* But there is a typological understanding of ‘the woman’- The book of Proverbs is a revelation of God that revolves around the choice between two women, the gaudy harlot and the virtuous wife. Both women offer wisdom, and call out to the young and naive, but only one of the women is true and can lead to God. the other woman’s steps lead to death and Hell.
Revelation likewise features two metaphorical women, the appalling “great whore…mystery Babylon”, and “the Bride. The Lamb’s wife”. in scripture, woman are metaphors for spiritualities. There is a true woman, whom the serpent hates, she encompasses the true congregation of God. She is called the daughter of Zion, the Bride of the Lamb, for there is an unbroken continuity from Old to New Testaments.
The serpent hates the woman, and has always sought to defile or destroy her. This is the meaning of the hatred of Israel, the wayward wife of the LORD. This is also the reason why the true church has always been persecuted and rejected.
In the beginning of the Bible there is a talk between a woman, and a serpent in a garden, who is a fallen angel. She and her husband in effect said “yes” to the devil, and “no” to God.
At the time of the Incarnation of God, in the annunciation to Mary, we also have a conversation between a woman, and an unfallen Angel, Gabriel. She said “yes” to God, and so too did her engaged husband to be.
And at the end of the Bible, in the Revelation we have a vision of a woman, clothed in the Sun, crowned with twelve stars, writhing in agony of child-birth as a consequence of saying “yes” to God. She is confronted by a terrible dragon (this is how the serpent would develop), who hates her and her seed,seeking to destroy them.
But He can’t, for she is God’s woman.