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The Clue

IMG_1514_SnapseedThe mystery of Malaysian Flight 370 and its missing 239 passengers and crew may be about to be solved. Or the possible signs of wreckage spotted by satellite off the coast of Australia may prove to be another false lead.

As we wait for the answer, I’ve been thinking about a far greater mystery that went unsolved for much of human history.

In the first pages of Genesis we find a clue to the mystery that, once solved, would explain God’s plan to undue the damage done by one who conspired to hijack the human race. God said to the Serpent, “I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.” Genesis 3:15 (NLT)

Thousands of years later these words showed up in some of the first frames of Mel Gibson’s screen portrayal of  “The Passion of the Christ.” With the ominous strains of the soundtrack, the foreboding image of a snake emerges in the darkness, before being suddenly stomped on by “the seed of the woman”— as he groans in anticipation of the hours that will follow.

Looking back, we see in those ancient words something that must have once seemed as indistinct as what we are seeing today in the fuzzy satellite images of a possible piece of debris, floating miles below in one of the most remote and dangerous regions of the world. Yet when read now, the ancient hint can be heard and seen as a clear and compelling evidence of how the great mystery of a lost human race would be found and rescued.


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  1. SFDBWV says:

    I admit I have never clearly *seen* the connection of Genesis 3:15 to saying there would be a savior born, except for the singular use of the word “His”.

    Clearly there is a battle that goes on whereas the serpent strikes “His” heel and “He” strikes at the serpent’s head as well as the hostilities (battles) between Eve’s offspring and the serpent.

    However how is this *translated* as a prophesy of a coming *Savior*?

    If a snake bites it will almost always be at the heel or foot or ankle or leg, on the hand when one tries to pick it up. If one were to try to kill the snake clearly only smashing its head is the only clear method of doing so.

    The coming *Savior* I clearly see all over the Scripture in many verses and comments, I just have blinders on with this one, except for the exclusive use of the singular word “His”, I don’t get it.

    Even if you kill the serpent from this verse, where is it said it would restore man with God?

    I actually see something different emerging from this comment and will explore and explain further later and I hope to offend no one, just an abstract *view*.

    Steve

  • quietgrace says:

    I heard an expert explain that the reason the images are fuzzy is that they always make them fuzzy on purpose so that other intelligence doesn’t know just how clear and precise our satellite images are. I was amazed when I heard this, but it also reminds me of how God fuzzes up our images of Himself and even each other. God is the only One who truly knows us, and sees each detail of our lives, but still loves us, his broken yet redeemed humanity.
    Praying for those involved and for you, my BTA friends.
    Blessings abundant, Grace