more than all animals, domestic and wild.
You will crawl on your belly,
groveling in the dust as long as you live.
and between your offspring and her offspring.
He will strike your head,
and you will strike his heel.”
will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy,
and in pain you will give birth.
And you will desire to control your husband,
but he will rule over you
whose fruit I commanded you not to eat,
the ground is cursed because of you.
All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it.
though you will eat of its grains.
will you have food to eat
until you return to the ground
from which you were made.
For you were made from dust,
and to dust you will return.” (New Living Translation)
Disobedience is sin and breaks our fellowship with God.
Fortunately, when we disobey, God can forgive us, restoring our fellowship with him.
satan is our enemy–he’ll do anything he can to get us to follow his evil, deadly path. The phrase “You will strike at his heel” refers to satan’s repeated attempts to defeat Christ during his life on earth.
“He shall strike you on your head” forshadows satan’s defeat when Christ rose from the dead.
A bruise on the heel is not deadly, but a strike on the head is.
Already God was revealing his plan to defeat satan and offer salvation to the world through His son Jesus Christ.
Adam and Eve affected all of creation, including the environment.
Years ago people thought nothing of polluting streams with chemical waste and garbage. This seemed so insignificant, so small.
Now we know that just two or three parts per million of certain chemicals can damage human health.