15 I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.
My wife and I love to travel to new places. But we used to have this running joke with each other that if there was something amazing to see, we would miss it. We would get back to the cruise ship, etc., and hear the other tourists excitedly recounting the sites. At this point, we would invariably realize we had missed much of it altogether. Oh sure, we’d seen something—just not the main thing. Somehow, we would get so caught up in the details (everything else to see along the way) that we would miss the real reason most people came to those places to begin with.
The “offspring” of the woman. The serpent. A great battle. “He shall bruise (fatally crush) your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” This is a very familiar passage from the beginning of God’s master plot, and the Jewish friends and disciples of Jesus would have known it well. Man had just sinned, destroying the perfect relationship he enjoyed with the Creator God of the universe. (Can you imagine walking with God in the cool of the day?) Yet right here, at the beginning, God foreshadows the arch of His great Story.
The people in Jesus’ day, even His closest friends—all of whom had likely grown up studying the Torah—had missed the main point. They had gotten caught up in what was right in front of them: the oppression of the Roman Empire. In their minds, the Messiah would throw off the occupation and set up His rule along with the Jewish people.
We read the account of the men traveling to Emmaus in Luke 24. What an amazing thing it would have been to be Cleopas or the other disciple who heard Jesus Himself— the creator of the universe and the writer of this great Story—explain all that had been written concerning Himself!
It’s so ironic, isn’t it? All of the Scriptures had pointed to Christ and His sacrifice, redemption and glorification. Jesus Himself had even told His followers on multiple occasions that He would have to go to Jerusalem, suffer at the hands of the Jewish leaders and be killed, but would rise again on the third day. And here, as He stood alive right in front of them, they still did not understand. Our Lord had to give them the most incredible Bible study ever presented, and then reveal who He was, in order for them to see.
Am I often the same way? Do I get so caught up in myself, in what I want to happen, in the details of my life, that I miss the gospel? That I miss Him?
Questions to Ask Yourself
- Does Jesus often work in your life in ways you didn’t expect?
- Are you missing Him, getting too caught up in the world around you to see and know Him?
Pray for Hope for the World missions’ partner Reborn Community Church. Pray for their remote learning ministry as they give children a safe place to do school with helpful supervision and access to help. Pray that Reborn will continue to be a light in the Garfield Park area of Chicago and for Jamie Thompson and the rest of the leadership team.