Genesis 3:15

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Genesis 3:15 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.

Commentary

The virgin birth is clearly prophesied in here. In context:

  • Genesis 3:14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
  • Genesis 3:15 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.

The 'seed' would not usually be used in reference to a woman, but being in a man.

Isa 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Isa 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

We know that the lineage of the Messiah had to come through David.

Jesus, whose earthly father, Joseph was clearly related to David through Coniah, [Jehoiachin, son of Jehoiakim] and could not sit on the throne of David; according to Jeremeiah 22:24-30. However, Mary, Jesus' mother, was also related to David through Nathan and not via the Jehoiachin lineage.

Jesus was related then to David through Joseph and had the right to sit on the throne of David, as was required to fulfill prophecy. But, because of the curse God put on that lineage of Coniah, Jesus could not be physically related to Joseph, even though He became son to Joseph after He was born. Jesus fufilled the requirements of being physically related to David through Mary, who had been with no man, and therefore He was the seed of the woman.

Many try to say that virgin is not the true meaning, and that Mary was not a virgin, therefore Jesus was just another man with Joseph as His 'real' father.

That of course would eliminate the fulfillment and correlation to the above prophecies and this:

Matt 1:22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

This is important because of recognizing that in the fulfillment of the Genesis and Isaiah prophecies concerning the Messiah being born of a virgin and being the 'seed of the woman.'

Luk 1:27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.

Luk 1:30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. Luk 1:31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. Luk 1:32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: Luk 1:33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

Luk 1:34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?

Because of this promise from God Himself:

Isa 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isa 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.


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