By Rex Wiseley
Read today’s scripture: Genesis 3:8-15
We’ve all had moments where we have said, “hmmmm,” after a distinct or discriminate scenario unfolded. Maybe it was an oxymoronic pairing likened to jumbo shrimp. Or when we’ve had that “light bulb” moment and things become clear. Perhaps right now you are wondering where this so called devotion is going and what sense it might make. Or why this specific scripture in Genesis, of all places, is being used as the springboard to a month of Christ-centered thoughts leading to celebrating Jesus’ birth and entrance into our world. Stay tuned in, see below…
Isn’t it super cool in a movie or book when something of extreme significance to the overall plot/central theme is introduced early on (without much fanfare) and then, later on, the full magnitude is shown in neon lights and seen magnanimously on full display? That’s exactly what we have here. In these 8 verses, we see a ton.
God’s lovingkindness when we fall.
Man’s inability to own the fall.
Man’s propensity to pass the buck (twice).
The justice of god.
And then, the ULTIMATE in verse 15. It’s known as protoevangelium. Don’t miss it… it’s where God says to the serpent there will be “enmity between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head and you will strike his heel.” Guess who Eve’s offspring will be? None other than Jesus. One scholar described this spot as “the first glimmer of the gospel.” (Derek Kidner) Protoevangelium is made up of the merging of two Greek words, “first” and “good news.” Is there a better place to being the celebration of our Savior’s entrance to our world? ‘Tis the season; let’s begin to celebrate the Good News together!