Made in the image of God Adam’s purpose was to bring glory to God, and having the instructions of God Adam had the ability to obey the will of God in keeping with holiness. But at a time when it was important for him to do so Adam failed openly disobeying the instruction of God to not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
As a result of his disobedience, God judged humanity, the earth, and the womb of woman. Eve would experience sorrow as she bring forth children and watch them suffer the fall of sin. Adam would become a salve of the soil until he die, the whole world came under judgment as a result of man’s disobedience.
The harshest judgment fall to the serpent, although man had fallen, God in judging gave man the authority over the serpent. The serpent was cursed whereas man was given a promise of redemption. The serpent was placed lower than the animals of the earth having his head crushed by the power of the Seed of the woman who was Christ.
Looking at the story this judgment that came about on account of Adam’s transgression may seem to be a harsh one, but if we understand what took place here we would begin to see the reason for this harsh punishment. The first reason the word of God cannot be stayed, once spoken it will accomplish what it was instructed to accomplish. It was for this reason death came to humanity from which we need to be redeemed.
The second thing that was happening here in this judgment was God putting an end to the works of the enemy. Jesus told the enemy ” I will put an enmity between your seed and her seed” This enmity was a contention in the human body and mind that will cause humanity though he would be born into sin to search for God. Those who were to be born under God proceeding from the woman would fight or struggle against the sin nature in the flesh, but once the word of God is heard they would respond bringing an end to the struggle serving God.
Jesus said, “My sheep hears my voice and a stranger voice they will not hear, but will run from the stranger” This is in response to the gospel and the enmity in the flesh. Jesus also said to the serpent on that day, “Her seed shall crush your head” God through the birth of the Messiah would bring an end to the planned kingdom of the enemy to come.
God’s judgment then was not to condemn Adam and Eve, but rather to protect them from the enemy and to deliver them from the kingdom an authority of the enemy. By cursing the earth, and subjecting humanity to labor and death He was limiting the enemies ability to prolong his reign in any generation. Man would die giving rise to another causing the enemy to restart the process of re-establishing his kingdom.
The enemy’s seed would not have an eternal son to rule over any kingdom on earth, his kingdom would perish in every passing generation, but the Seed of the woman would be an everlasting son and of His kingdom there shall be no end, His generation would continue forever. It was for this reason Jesus drove Adam and Eve away from the garden; away from the tree of life.
Genesis 3:22-24 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever: Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
After Adam and his wife were thrown out of the garden, men begin to multiply on the earth. Kingdoms were formed out of every nation and tribe, men searching and running after men, but no king served by men could offer the salvation they were so in need of.
Many men came presenting themselves as the savior, a trend practiced for thousands of years. The kings of the earth were worshiped as gods, men turned also to fallen angels, but though they seek redemption none was found in these ancient figure heads and fallen angels. In due time; however, God would send the Messiah into the world to redeem the world from the power and authority of the enemy.
Jesus said in pointing to this reality speaking of those kings, rulers, and those who had claimed to be the Messiah in the past, “ Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd gives his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep, and flees: and the wolf catches them, and scattered the sheep. The hireling flees, because he is an hireling, and cares not for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. John 10:7-14.
Ever since the fall, humanity have been seeking after the savior, kings were born declared by the priests in those days to be gods. They bear sons who would in turn reign in their passing declared as gods, the peoples savior. The deception was at its highest as the world continued on in their way. The men they served were no savior, for like the common man they passed away. The people were expecting a savior, a message passed down from Adam, but through deception their hearts were turn away from God.
Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shall bruise his heel.
In due time God would send Jesus in fulfillment of God’s word, according to the message of Adam, and according to the promise made to Abraham. Jesus came the Seed of the woman and dying He brought atonement for sins, and in the resurrection He brought life and freedom. Jesus came and through Him God has provided our rest and salvation.