“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed;
he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
God has decreed enmity between the woman and the Devil. Why? Because the woman is the figure of the Bride of Christ, the one who will reign with Him in the days of God’s Kingdom. Hence there must, perforce, be a continual battle between those who have welcomed the Lord into their lives, and those who have entertained the spirit of the antichrist in theirs.
The result is proclaimed to be a bruising of heads and heels. The figure is based on the serpent, now crawling on its belly, and therefore only able to bite the heel, whereas the foot of the woman is able to tread on the serpent’s head and crush it. Remove the figure, and see a spiritual battle royal between two classes of human beings.
Paul’s last word to the faithful believers of the Roman Church was, “The Lord shall swiftly bruise Satan under your feet,”
Some only see Christ in the word “seed”, but the words signify that the power of bruising Satan is imparted to all faithful men, and God crowns none but His well-tried wrestlers. All those who have been redeemed by the precious blood of Christ become the Devil’s enemy, and their names are placed in his black book. But their names have also been placed in the Lamb’s book of life, and naught can harm them.
Satan may be able to bruise the “heel”, but he cannot harm the born-again spirit of those of the Bride company. “All those who will live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution”, but we “rejoice in our sufferings, and fill up in our flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the Church,” to broaden Paul’s words to the Colossians.
Comfortable Christians beware! We are called to “wrestle with principalities and powers of the darkness of this world, the spiritual forces of wickedness amongst heavenly beings.” Our time of rest will be in resurrection, but whilst down here in human form we are enlisted into an army of fighters for truth, honesty, faithfulness, and brotherly love, putting down deception, falsehood, envy, violence, and any other form of evil we come across. Our colours will undoubtedly be tattered, our bodies may even be “bruised”, but “faith is the victory that overcomes the world”. The world that belongs to the Devil.
“Moreover the light of the moon will be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the LORD binds up the BRUISE of His people and heals the stroke of their WOUND.” Hasten the Day, O Lord!
References. Genesis 3:15, Col.1:24, Rom.16:20, Isa.30:26, 2 Tim.3:12, Eph.6:12, 1 John 5:4