Firm Foundation Bible Study

Lesson 19 – The Consequences of Sin for Satan. 
Genesis 3:15

God gave us the Bible to reveal truth to us that we could not know any other way.  God wants you to know these truths because He wants a relationship with you.

In Genesis 3, God is revealing to us how sin came into the world and the consequences for choosing to disobey God.  In verse 15, God turns His attention from the serpent to the devil.  

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.”

We know that God is speaking to the devil because of the word “thee” when God said, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman”.  The word “thee” refers to a person. 

The word “enmity” means anger or hatred. There will be hatred between the devil and the woman.

Next God says, “and between thy seed and her seed”.  There will be hatred between the seed of the devil and the seed of the woman.  The word “seed” means children or posterity.

The “seed” of the devil are people who choose to disobey God and follow their own way.  The “seed” of the woman are those who choose follow God and obey Him. 

So God says there will be animosity between those who choose to disobey God and those who choose to obey God.  You can see this animosity in our society today.

Those who choose to disobey God and follow their own way often show contempt to those who obey God and follow Him. 

Those who choose to obey God and follow Him are often treated unfairly.  Many times they are persecuted, killed, or jailed by those who disobey God and follow their own way.    

But it is important to note that those who choose to obey God and follow Him do not hate those who disobey God and follow their own way.   

But they hate the damage and suffering that sin brings to society through poverty, divorce, illness, accidents, drugs, alcohol, war, death, etc.

God said that there will be enmity between the devil and the woman.  The reason the devil hates the woman is because of what God said next, “it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel”

What does this mean that the seed of the woman will bruise the devil’s head and the devil will bruise his heel? 

There will be one particular descendent of the woman who will destroy the devil.  The devil will strike and bruise this descendant, but this descendent would strike the fatal blow to the devil.

What does this mean?  God knew that man would sin.  But He had a plan to fix the sin problem and make a way for man to come into a right relationship with Him. 

God’s plan focused on this particular descendant of the woman.  He would become known as the Savior because He would save people from penalty of their sin. 

It would be this coming Savior that would destroy the devil.  Who is this Savior?  It is the Lord Jesus Christ.  This is the first promise of the coming Savior in the Bible. 

Remember from Lesson 4 that God is a Trinity.  Jesus Christ is God the Son.  Please review that lesson if you need to.

God planned to be born into this world in order to make a way for man’s sin to be paid for and come into a right relationship with Him. 

Jesus Christ is the seed of the woman because, as God, He does not have a physical father.  Just as the Bible teaches in other places, Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, without a human father.

God told the devil that he will bruise the Savior’s heel.  A wound to the heel does not speak of permanent death.  Jesus died, but three days later, He rose from the dead.

Then God told the devil that the coming Savior will bruise his head.  A head wound speaks of permanent death. The Savior will bring permanent destruction to the devil.

Jesus Christ paid the penalty of sin when He died on the cross.  He defeated Satan and fixed man’s sin problem.  God can now give eternal life to all those who believe on Him with all their heart.

The good news for us is that when Adam and Eve sinned, God went looking for them.  Likewise, God does not leave us alone in our sin. God comes looking for us too.

But more than that, God also provided a way of paying for that sin and defeating that sin in our life.

He sent the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ into the world to defeat the devil and give us victory. That is the reason Jesus came.

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Questions Lesson 19

1. In Genesis 3:15, how do we know God is speaking to the devil and not to the serpent?  ________

2. According to this lesson, the seed of the devil are those who choose to _______ God and follow their own way.

3. According to this lesson, the seed of the woman are those who choose to ______ God and follow him.

4. According to the Bible, before God created man, He knew man would sin?   
a. True
b. False

5. According to the Bible, before God created man, He had a plan to fix man’s sin problem? 
a. True            
b. False

6. According to Genesis 3:15, God’s plan to fix man’s sin problem focused on one particular descendant of the woman, what is His name?  ______________

7. According to the Bible, Jesus Christ is God the Son.   
a. True   
b. False

8.  According to the Bible, Jesus Christ paid the __________ of sin when he died on the cross.

9. According to the Bible, Jesus Christ defeated the devil and ________ man’s sin problem when he died on the cross.

10. According to the Bible, when we sin, God comes looking for us to help us get right with him.  a. True                      
b. False

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