By: Ely Lagajino
The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Romans 16:20 (ESV)
While Adam and Eve hide under the trees, they hear a familiar voice calling. “Where are you?” God is calling, yet Adam and Eve keep hiding, full of shame and fear to see God. Their confidence to favor the Creator is gone. It is true, God knows that they disobeyed and are in hiding, but God wants them to know that He still loves them.
Finally, Adam and Eve appear. Their guilty conscience and probably so many mosquito bites keep them from hiding any longer. At last, Adam said, “Lord, I heard your voice, but we were afraid”.
“Have you eaten the fruit of the tree of good and evil which I told you not to eat nor even touch?” God asks.
Hesitant but defensive, Adam answers, “Lord, it’s Eve’s fault.”
“Don’t blame me too; it’s all the serpent’s fault.” Eve opposes.
God feels sad for the sin both of them committed, and since Satan used the serpent as his device, it must share the Divine judgment. From the most beautiful and admired creatures with wings, it becomes a snake that is the ugliest, most hated, and feared by both man and animals. It will crawl on its belly and will eat dust (Gen. 3:14). Today the snake also likes to eat frogs with dust, but its original menu is dust.
The next words God speaks to the serpent are directed to Satan, pointing to his ultimate defeat. “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” (Gen.3:15). This statement has a double meaning, bad news for Satan’s coming destruction, but good news for our Grandparents and their offspring, the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.