Read Genesis 3:1-24
It was one of the first, but also one of the darkest days of human history. God had created an Edenic paradise for the pinnacle of His creation, the first man and his wife. As ones made in His image, the Father gave to them an important assignment and incredible freedom. Their assignment was simple: rule over creation while caring for the garden, multiplying in number, and populating the earth. Their freedom was vast. They could eat and enjoy any of the fruits of the garden. There was, however, a single restriction and a corresponding consequence of which the loving Creator warned them. “…from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.” (Gen. 2:17)
But on that day, the darkness entered. Eve (with Adam at her side) listened to the tempter. Together, they stepped beyond the freedom, violated the restriction, and experienced the consequence. They experienced guilt, shame, and separation from God. Their God-given labor became work. The joy of bearing offspring would be tempered with pain. In tempting them, Satan had successfully blinded them to the devastating impact of their choice.
But Adam and Eve’s experience was only the beginning. Here is the way that God expressed it to the serpent:
“I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her seed;
He shall [d]bruise you on the head,
And you shall bruise him on the heel.” (Gen. 3:15)
Still in our generation, the animosity between Satan and mankind continues. Men and women today find themselves in an ongoing battle. Satan perpetuates his deception as he seeks to steal, kill, destroy, and devour (Jn. 10:10; 1 Pet. 5:8). His hatred for mankind is real, though, perhaps not always obvious.
But in the midst of the prophetic mess, a divine plan and a demonic plot also emerge. The divine plan included a descendant of Eve, Jesus the Christ. And, of all places, the divine plan and the demonic plot intersect at the crucifixion. In the crucifixion, both sought to bring destruction to the other.
In the days ahead, we will trace some of the brewing animosity between Satan and the Son of God. But don’t forget, Jesus is victorious. His death was but a foot wound. His resurrection results ultimately in a fatal head blow to Satan.