Bruised Heel, Crushed Head

Jeff "Miztah" Rogers By Jeff "Miztah" Rogers, 10th Feb 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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"And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

Bruised Heel, Crushed Head

"And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: 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." Genesis 3:14-15

When we read in the book of Genesis the account of the fall of Adam, we are faced with a conversation that God has with Satan (the serpent). In Genesis 3:14 God begins explaining the curse for Adams fall by addressing the serpent first. "And the LORD God said unto the serpent." we need to keep this in mind when we try to understand that the first part of the curse given out in the Garden is not laid on Adam or Eve, but it is laid upon Satan. This curse is that the seed of the woman, that Seed which is Christ, would crush the head of the serpent. In other words Christ will be victorious over Satan, ultimately destroying him. Satan will get a punch in by way of the crucifixion, but it is through that very evil act of the crucifixion of the Lord of glory that Satan is dealt his death blow. Satan would bruise the heel of the Messiah, but then Christ will crush the head of Satan.

So all this is indicated in Genesis 3:14-15 as happening at the same time. The question is, where and when did it happen. The only possible time for the bruising of the heel of the seed of the woman was at the cross where the Son of Man was "Lifted up". You cannot bruise a mans heel while he is standing on his feet. The bruised heel reference is a clear reference to the Lifting up of Christ on the cross. But at that same time we read that the seed of the woman would crush the serpents head. If we find a passage in the New testament that declares when and how this is fulfilled, should we not let that passage rule our interpretation and understanding of these events. That is what I would like to show in the following evaluation of some pertinent New Testament passages.

Throughout the book of the gospel of John we have seen Jesus declaring over and over that his "Hour" or his "Time" had not yet come.

Every time we read these passages we take it at its face value that his "Time" or his "Hour" is a reference to the apex of history itself, that is the crucifixion. I believe this is the correct view of these time references.

John 2:4 "Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? Mine hour is not yet come."
John 7:6 "Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready."
John 7:8 "Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; for my time is not yet full come."
John 7:30 "Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come."
John 8:30 "These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come."

It appears that John was going to great lengths to show his readers that all these events were going to happen exactly on schedule, not a day or an hour early or late. And they did.

Galatians 4:4, "But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,"

There is a great consistency throughout the Old and New Testament that God was in control of the timing of these events and that all these things would happen exactly on time. Daniels prophecy of the 490 years or seventy weeks of years is a prime example of God setting the time and keeping the time. It would then, only make sense that we continue with this consistency of our interpretation of these time references, when we get to John chapter 12. Clearly when Jesus uses the word "NOW" in verse 27 he is referring to the whole time frame of that moment in the first century when he spoke the words and going on all the way to the cross. We know that his soul was troubled even after his statement as he sweat great drops of blood (as it were) in the Garden of Gesthemene. So we have no problem placing the time of the events that Jesus is speaking of in John. It is the time of the cross. Previously he had said that his hour had NOT yet come. In verse 27 he declares that it was for this cause (the crucifixion) that he came unto this hour'"the hour of the crucifixion.

John 12:27 "Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour."

The statement from God from heaven is further evidence as to the time spoken of here, it is the time that God's son Jesus would be glorified.

John 12:28-30 "Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him. Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes."

Then when we come to the passage in verses 31-33 and we must ask ourselves, are we sticking to this consistent time frame? He gives two more time frame references in this passage, "NOW", this word "NOW" must be kept in the context of the "Now" in verse 27 where Jesus declared his soul to be troubled.

John 12:31-33 "NOW is the judgment of this world: NOW shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die."

I think that it is clear that Jesus "defeated" Satan at the cross. But the verse says that "the prince of this world (Satan) would) "be cast out". Was Satan "cast out" at the cross? The text seems to indicate that he was. My question is what is the implication of that. If he is cast out, how then is it he is still roaming around?

In John 16:8-11, Jesus spoke of sending the Holy Spirit, the comforter. In giving the threefold ministry of the Comforter in verse 11 he says that he will reprove the world of Sin, righteousness and judgment. He elaborates why he will be free to judge in verse 11, "Of judgment, because the prince of this world has been judged.

The crushing of the head of Satan is clearly the promise that God makes in Genesis 3:15. And the timing of the fulfillment of this promise is clearly indicated as the cross, by way of the heel being bruised of the seed of the women. So did God in Genesis 3:15 promise a partial crushing or a complete crushing of Satan?

Romans 16:20 is also connected to this theme. This text is surrounded by the names 34 people whom Paul wanted to greet by name. All of these people existed in the first century. None of them were in attendance at my local church or yours this last Sunday and none of them will be there this Sunday. My point is that the audience relevance is a very important point when we approach the writings of the New Testament. We would never go looking for Junius, or Amplias or the others in order to convey Paul's greeting. We would never read ourselves into that text. So then why, when we get to verse 20 do we read ourselves into the promise that Paul gave of crushing Satan under the feet shortly. And if we are to maintain a consistent literal hermeneutic, would it not make better sense to say that the first century Christians are the ones who saw the final defeat of Satan, since Paul uses the time frame reference of "Shortly" to say WHEN Satan would be crushed underfoot?

Romans 16:20 "And the God of peace shall crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen."

Romans chapter 16-selected verses.

3. Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus:
4. Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.
5. Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Salute my wellbeloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ.
6. Greet Mary, who bestowed much labour on us.
7. Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellowprisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.
8. Greet Amplias my beloved in the Lord.
9. Salute Urbane, our helper in Christ, and Stachys my beloved.
10. Salute Apelles approved in Christ. Salute them which are of Aristobulus' household.
11. Salute Herodion my kinsman. Greet them that be of the household of Narcissus, which are in the Lord.
12. Salute Tryphena and Tryphosa, who labour in the Lord. Salute the beloved Persis, which labored much in the Lord.
13. Salute Rufus chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine.
14. Salute Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, and the brethren which are with them.
15. Salute Philologus, and Julia, Nereus, and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints which are with them.
16. Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you.
21. Timotheus my workfellow, and Lucius, and Jason, and Sosipater, my kinsmen, salute you.
22. I Tertius, who wrote this epistle, salute you in the Lord.
23. Gaius mine host, and of the whole church, saluteth you. Erastus the chamberlain of the city saluteth you, and Quartus a brother.

I know that it is the intent of many in the ministry and my life as well to see that in all we do, that Christ is exalted. I believe that we exalt Christ when we proclaim his work, and declare that what he set out to do was accomplished perfectly and without fail. I believe that when we declare to people what Christ has done and said, this alone will change lives. If Christ is exalted in the preaching, the Holy Spirit will be present in such a real way that he will apply the words and work of Christ to all who have ears to hear. I walked away from this type of preaching rejoicing in the fact that I heard Christ exalted.

But on this issue, I feel that our modern day Christian teaching seems to attempt to rob some of that exaltation and glory from our Lord in teaching that he did not accomplish-or-finish what he intended to do. In 1 John 3:8 The same apostle who wrote the text from John 12 declares to us that the "Purpose" for which the "Son of God was manifested" was to destroy the works of the devil. And yet preachers and teachers all over the country give credit (giving credit could be the same as giving glory) to Satan, by teaching that Satan is still at work. Jesus must then have failed in his purpose to "Destroy the works of the devil". I don't buy that for a minute. It is my contention that Jesus accomplished exactly what John said his purpose was...to destroy the works of the devil.

1 John 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested,that he might destroy the works of the devil.

Likewise in Hebrews 2:14 The writer makes a purpose statement with the word "That", explaining that Jesus likewise took part in flesh and blood, (that is he was incarnate), so "That" through his death, he would destroy him that had power of death, that is the devil. The time frame given here is in his flesh, that is at his first coming in his incarnation he accomplished this. But again, many will teach and preach that Satan still holds the power of death. And that Jesus did not accomplish what the Apostle in Hebrews 2:14 said that he already accomplished.

Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same (that is he took part in flesh and blood);that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

So what is it I am saying? I am saying that Jesus completed everything he set out to do, to include the utter,complete and full defeat of Satan. Satan was cast out at the cross and we are not waiting for his future downfall. You may ask how this impacts our lives today. I believe it is huge. Many people think that Satan can be blamed for sin in believers lives. If Jesus has destroyed the works of the Devil (and I contend he has), then believers must face their own sin before God and deal with it. Believers will walk in greater accountability when we cannot blame an evil bogy-man for tempting and leading us astray. 100% of my sin is 100% my fault. But in Christ I have such great forgiveness even this is overcomable. If I have to truly face my sin and own every bit of it, then perhaps I may be more inclined to flee to Christ for that great forgiveness, mercy and grace that is so available. But if I can find a scapegoat for my sin, then I can put off being spiritually honest with myself, and I can blame Satan instead of confessing to Christ.

Another effect of this teaching is that Christ's victory over his enemies is exalted. Satan is defeated and has been cast out, all the glory goes to Jesus Christ. We can extol his victory completely, we are not called upon to celebrate a semi-victory, or a half-way done mission. No, Christ completed all that he said he would complete, and all that was promised in the Old Testament. At the cross, Jesus' heel was bruised, but the head of the serpent was crushed. I am not familiar with any being that can continue to function with a crushed head.

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Defeated, Destroyed, Devil Demon, Lucifer, Satan

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author avatar Jeff "Miztah" Rogers
Lived in many places in the U.S.. Served in the Air Force for 21 years. retired from active duty in 2002. Traveled extensively, lived 8 years in Europe. I write about the bible, faith, and new ideas

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
10th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you so much, Miztah. I need to go over this page slowly and carefully to make sure I fully understand.
I am pleased to see you name again.

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author avatar Floris56
10th Feb 2012 (#)

Very detailed treatment. What I want to know is who married Eve's children?

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author avatar Jeff "Miztah" Rogers
11th Feb 2012 (#)

Eve's other Children.

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author avatar Tony Barnes
12th Feb 2012 (#)

Very good article.

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