Of God’s Covenant.
Chapter 7, Paragraph 3.
“This covenant is revealed in the gospel; first of all to Adam in the promise of salvation by the seed of the woman,...“
Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit. Realizing their sin, racked with shame, they hid themselves in an attempt to avoid God. Of course that was impossible. When God asked him if he sinned, Adam shifted the blame to Eve. Confronted by God, Eve stated that the serpent deceived her. God then turns to the serpent and explains the curse due to his deception:
“Because you have done this,
Cursed are you more than all cattle,
And more than every beast of the field;
On your belly you will go,
And dust you will eat
All the days of your life;
And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her seed;
He shall bruise you on the head,
And you shall bruise him on the heel.”
Couched in the serpent’s curse is a glimmer of hope for sinners. Despite the transgression of our first parents, despite the corrupt nature inherited by all born of ordinary generation, there will be those who do not walk in step with the serpent. There will come a seed that will bruise the head of Satan.
Genesis 3:15 is called the protoevangelium. It is here that we first see the Gospel proclaimed. A savior is coming. Right from the beginning, sinners could look forward to His arrival. Like the first gray moments of dawn, the covenant of grace is revealed hazily, but its presence is undeniable.
Questions to Consider
- Knowing the covenant of grace is revealed in Genesis, is the Bible disjointed or is it cohesive?