Fruit of the Spirit
“The Lord God said to the serpent,
‘Because you have done this,
cursed are you above all livestock
and above all beasts of the field;
on your belly you shall go,
and dust you shall eat
all the days of your life.
I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.’
To the woman he said,
‘I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing;
in pain you shall bring forth children.
Your desire shall be contrary to your husband,
but he shall rule over you.’
And to Adam he said,
‘Because you have listened to the voice of your wife
and have eaten of the tree
of which I commanded you,
‘You shall not eat of it,’
cursed is the ground because of you;
in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;
and you shall eat the plants of the field.
By the sweat of your face
you shall eat bread,
till you return to the ground,
for out of it you were taken;
for you are dust,
and to dust you shall return.’”Genesis 3:14-19
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Think about your darkest day ever. For many people, these darkest days involve loss—loss of a job, loss of a loved one, loss of a relationship. My personal darkest days involved the loss of both my parents within the span of two years. My father—who suffered from Alzheimer’s—gained his eternal rest within a few months after entering memory care. A mere eighteen months later, my mom died suddenly in her sleep.
But my dark days can’t begin to compare to the dark day that we read about in Genesis 3. Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden, a perfect paradise. But on this day, the serpent led Eve and Adam into the darkness of sin. Even as they hid in fear from God, the Father had a plan in place. Even as He pronounced judgment on Adam and Eve and the serpent, He proclaimed the first prophecy of the Savior to be born of a woman: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel” (Genesis 3:15).
We see this prophecy fulfilled in the words of the angel who appeared to Joseph: “But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit’” (Matthew 1:20). In his Letter to the Galatians, Paul declares, “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” (4:4–5).
What a blessing! The promised Savior for all humankind fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ.