But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.(Galatians 4:4-5)
When the apostle Paul proclaimed the coming of Christ into this world, He spoke of the Messiah as being “Made of a woman”. What is the apostle referring to? In what way could we say that Saviour of the world, and God Incarnate, was “made of a woman”?
The Apostle Paul, steeped in scripture, as was Jesus and all of the apostles, is referring to the original gospel, in Genesis three, the gospel of the ‘seed of the woman’.
When our first parents fell into sin, God called them and the serpent who seduced them before the bar of Divine justice.
He first called Adam to account, for the primary responsibility of the fall was upon Him. He asked a question,“Adam who told you that you were naked?”.
But God needn’t ask a question, for He knows everything. Why did He ask Adam a question? Because He wanted to elicit a humble confession of sin from the fallen man. But Adam refused accountability,blaming God and the woman.
God then passed on to Eve, asking her a question hoping to elicit a humble confession from her, but she blamed the serpent, rather than accept responsibility for her sin.
The Most high then turned to the serpent, but asked no questions of Him, because he had no intention to save the Devil.Instead he pronounced the doom of the serpent, in the hearing of the fallen man and his wife.
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)
This is called the proto-evangel, the first gospel. The woman who had listened to the serpent, and ate of the fruit, giving also to her husband, would in the mercy of God become the vessel for salvation.
Salvation and the reversal of all that the serpent had wrought, would come about through the birth of a baby, the “seed of the woman”. In normal birth, the man provides the seed and the woman the womb, but this birth would not involve a man’s seed. The Messiah would be virgin born, thus fully human but un-tainted by original sin.
The Serpent thus has a special enmity for all women, as evidenced by the Satanic religions of Islam, feminism,and almost all false religions.Islam hates and degrades women, feminism is an all out war on anything feminine, nurturing or submissive.
The seed of the woman is an individual, a virgin born Savior, who would come as the antidote to the sad story of Eve and the serpent. Eve spoke to a fallen angel, and her husband listened and consequently said, “No” to God, his will, loyalty, faithfulness and commitment.
But centuries later, another woman, the virgin Mary, had a conversation with an unfallen angel, and ended up saying “Yes” to God, although his will for her would expose her to reproach and misunderstanding.
And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.(Luke 1:34-38)
There will always be enmity between the “seed of the woman” and the “Seed of the serpent”, Because these designations are both individual and corporate.The Individual seed of the woman is the Messiah, and the individual seed of the serpent, is the Anti-Christ, the son of perdition.
But Bethlehem divides the world also into two spiritual bodies. Who are the “Seed of the serpent”? This is a spiritual designation, it involves inward affinities. The seed of the serpent are all of those who share the same rebellious pride of the Devil, and who refuse to admit their sin and need of the saving grace of God. They have no reverence for God, and never hesitate to disobey him whenever they want to.
Who then are the “Seed of the woman”? They are the ones who patiently wait for God’s full salvation, and who have humbled themselves, admitting their need of the savior, acknowledging their sin and awaiting the ultimate triumph of Good over evil through the Messiah!
For unto us a child is born and unto us, a Son is Given!