Do You Understand?

by Andrew Forrest



“And I will put enmity
????between you and the woman,
????and between your offspring?and hers;
he will crush?your head,
????and you will strike his heel.

-Genesis 3:15

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Christina January 7, 2015 - 6:22 am

Funny you should ask! I just read this and thought….what does that mean???? Wow- you get up early!!!

Andrew Forrest January 7, 2015 - 7:28 am

I do get up early, but not THAT early: I set the post last night to go live early this morning.

The picture is about Eve and Mary. The quotation from Genesis is about what Eve’s descendant will do to the snake…. In the picture, Mary is crushing the serpent’s head.

Paul Ditto January 7, 2015 - 10:07 am

I have to admit, when I first read this several years ago, I was a bit stumped. Not sure I have come to a clear understanding, but it seems God is splitting the sheets with the serpent (Satan) and making it clear that there is a declaration of war between us and the serpent, and we know from the rest of the bible that we win that war, thanks in large part to Jesus dying on the cross, which sets the stage for the real crushing of Satan’s head, when Jesus comes again. See Romans 16:20 and various parts of Revelation (Chapter 12, 13 and 20). Am I close or really missing the mark.

Andrew Forrest January 7, 2015 - 10:26 am

I think you’re right on. Here are some questions that should help further explain the image:
What are the names of the women?
What is the women in white standing on?
Why is the one woman holding an apple and looking sadly at the other’s pregnancy?
How does this relate to the quotation from Genesis below the picture?

Shauna January 7, 2015 - 11:39 am

I see Eve holding the fruit she was forbidden to eat. She is sad and remorseful ; looking at Mary and her unborn child knowing that the sin she has caused will lead to Mary’s unborn child dying to save us from that sin that Eve started. Mary has the serpent under her foot by its head, but it is not dead.

God will put conflict and hate now between us all – sins will be committed due to that conflict; setting up a the need for us to have a savior.

Andrew Forrest January 7, 2015 - 11:59 am

I think the sadness of both Eve and Mary really makes the image. After all, Mary’s son is born to suffer, too.

Josh January 7, 2015 - 11:14 am

I know you are asking about the picture in reference to Genesis 3:15 specifically, but after reading this morning’s #First15 scripture reading, I think the picture can be seen a depiction of Chapter 3 in its entirety. If the woman on left is intended to be Eve, I think it’s interesting to note her shame in holding the apple. If the woman on the right is intended to be Mary, I think it’s interesting to note the look of compassion and encouragement as she places Eve’s hand on what I take to be the body of Christ inside her, as if to say, “the One inside me can cover all your shame and guilt (and sins and all that is unpure and unsightly).” Most importantly, He can restore you.

I read Genesis Chapter 3 as a depiction of the eternal conflict between the secular and the sacred. God created us, provides for us, all that we will ever need. The world sometimes tells us we need more and encourages us to step out from this world God created for us. When we “bite the apple,”chase after what the world has called us to instead of what God has called us to, we become vulnerable and often end up hurt, ashamed, or worse. Only God can cover up that shame (Genesis 3:21).

Andrew Forrest January 7, 2015 - 11:58 am

Good stuff, Josh.


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