Many theologians and other people regard the ‘fall’ of man in Genesis 3 as the most tragic event in history. It is there that man moved from the light of God’s presence to the darkness of Satan’s kingdom.
History revolves around Genesis 3
We believe that the whole of the Bible and the whole of human history revolves around Genesis 3. Why?
- The Godhead decided before creation that Jesus would be the Lamb of God. Why would He be the Sacrificial Lamb if nothing happened? They foresaw the event that would impact humanity greatly.
- The fact that the Godhead made those decisions before creation is a demonstration of their omniscience. They are never surprised by anything. Nothing ever happens unexpectedly to them. Even the events of our time are no surprise to them.
- As mentioned, nowhere does the Bible give a hint that the creation of the physical universe was discussed before creation. God’s ‘problem’ was with man. Everything the Godhead discussed had to do with man.
- In the Garden of Eden, Satan deceived Adam to disobey God. This had some effects, which the Godhead provided for in Scripture. Man, bound to darkness, under the rulership of Satan, will be redeemed by the Son of God.
- Therefore, God’s major promise in Genesis 3:15,
‘…I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; He will crush your head, and you will strike His heel.’
- It is a precious, amazing promise: somebody, born of a woman, will crush the head of
‘that ancient serpent, the devil or Satan.’ Revelation 12:9
- Scripture unveils how the promise of Genesis 3:15 has been fulfilled and is being fulfilled as more people come to Christ. Finally, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah will finish off the kingdom of darkness, and the Kingdom of Light will be established permanently on the new earth. (Revealed in Revelation)
Genesis 3:15 makes sense
- The ‘fall’ of man, as it is called, makes perfect sense. No man, with a free will, can choose if there is only one choice available. So God gave man the opportunity to choose between two candidates (not three choices, because that would just complicate matters). It was only between the King of light and the ruler of darkness.
- God knew man’s choice to obey the ‘serpent’ would plunge them into spiritual darkness and that would call for a Redeemer/Saviour. It would be Jesus.
- That makes sense in the light of the Kingdom. All people are born in darkness in the devil’s kingdom. Since the Light, Jesus, arrived, all people can decide whether they want to take hold of that ‘lifeline’ or not. There is no force from God’s side. The choice is voluntary.
- What does God achieve with this ‘arrangement?’ He makes sure that nobody who is not interested in Him, is forced to be part of His Kingdom. It has to be by free will. Nothing else will suffice – no domination. God will never force His will on people.
- With this strategy God accomplished something very important. Because salvation (to be saved out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light) by the blood of the Lamb would be by grace and mercy, nobody is excluded. Nobody! People can rant and rave against God about hell. It is a waste of time, because all can come to God through Jesus. Nobody is excluded. People who refuse to enter the Kingdom are themselves responsible for their final eternal destination, hell.
Although God did not pre-programme Adam to disobey, it happened. The Godhead prepared for it. Genesis 3:15 is the verse that ties the Bible message into one coherent practical unit.