The first promise that there would be a Christmas was given by God after Adam sinned, and is recorded in Genesis 3:14-20. “So the Lord God said to the serpent: ‘Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all cattle; and more than every beast of the field; on your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust 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 your head, and you shall bruise His heel”‘ (NKJV). There are four great facts in this first promise of Christmas (verse 15), four facts that are foundational to the Christian faith.
* The first is: there would be hostility between Satan and women. Throughout history this fact is most evident. Women have always been oppressed, being treated as no more than slaves in most cultures. Only where Christianity has had influence has women’s lot been improved.
* The second fact in this promise of Christmas is this: there would be hostility between Satan’s seed and the woman’s Seed. Seed refers to offspring, children.
* A further fact from the first promise of Christmas in Genesis 3:15 is that the woman’s Seed will bruise Satan’s head. To “bruise the head” is an Oriental term meaning to break the lordship of another.
* The final fact from the promise of Christmas is that Satan will bruise Christ’s heel. The heel speak of the earth walk of the Church and the bruising of the heel is Satan’s attack on the Church from the Day of Pentecost until this current time.
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