The Covenant of Grace
A Tale of Two Seeds – part 1
The Gospel first preached, the “two seeds” first prophesied:
14 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.
15 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.”
“I will put enmity . . .” --- God promises to sanctify the woman and her Seed, graciously removing her allegiance to Satan, and therefore restoring her and her descendants to peace and fellowship with God.
Two lines of descendants are promised: the seed of the serpent, and the seed of the woman.
Christ is “her Seed”. This prophecy is ultimately about the coming Messiah who will defeat Satan (bruise the head of the serpent) by Himself taking punishment for our sins (His heel bruised by the serpent).
Now, in Genesis 4-5, we get to see the “two seeds”, the two prominent lines of descendants from Eve:
The Seed of the Serpent:
1 Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain
8 Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him
16 Then Cain went out from the presence of the LORD and dwelt in the
The Seed of the Woman:
2 Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel.
25 And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and named him Seth, “For God has appointed another seed for me instead of Abel, whom Cain killed.”
26 And as for Seth, to him also a son was born; and he named him Enosh. Then men began to call on the name of the LORD.