אַחֲרִית הַיָּמִים (acharit-hayamim) – Genesis 3:14-15
And the Lord (Heb. יְהֹוָ֔ה YHVH) God says to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all the livestock, and above every beast of the field: on your belly you go, and dust you eat, for all days of your life; and I put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He bruises your head, and you bruise His heel.”
What happened in Genesis 3 we wished never happened and it marked the beginning of human sufferings here on Earth and continuous unwanted conflicts until the Mashiach (מָשִׁיחַ) is revealed and enthroned in Zion in the “acharit-hayamim” (אַחֲרִית הַיָּמִים) and the start of the Messianic Era.
In Genesis 1 and 2 we read how God created and transformed the Earth making all things good and Adam and Eve were blessed to be fruitful and multiply. Everything went well and God declared the 1st Sabbath rest (Genesis 2:3) for all.
Does it appear strange we read of this serpent talking to Eve in Genesis 3?
Nowhere was it indicated in scripture God created animals with natural ability to communicate with human in audible voices of human language but we read of this serpent talking to Eve in a way both could understand each other without any interpreter and translator!
There were only two recorded incident in scripture where animal talked to human in audible voice of human language. Genesis 3 the serpent talking to Eve and in Numbers 22:28-30 Balaam’s own donkey speaking with human voice.
The conversation between the serpent and Eve in Genesis 3 ended in the beginning of disaster for the human race, for since that time all men and women had been subjected to judgement, thrown into an unwanted conflict and death being introduced to humanity.
We need to take note when God passed judgement He also provided atonement for Man and there is the indication that we are to look to the Mashiach (מָשִׁיחַ) for our ultimate redemption from death and restoration to life in the “acharit-hayamim” (אַחֲרִית הַיָּמִים).
This enmity between the serpent and humanity declared by God have been ongoing for thousands of years and will continue till the End of Days when the Mashiach (מָשִׁיחַ) is enthroned here on Earth and His dominion headquartering in Jerusalem thus marking the start of the Messianic Era on this planet.
While we prepare and await our final ultimate redemption we need to know, understand, and be informed, how this enmity between the serpent and humanity is being played out
“and I put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He bruises your head, and you bruise His heel.”
The “woman” and “her Seed” refer to human race but who is this talking serpent and his “seed“?
The mention of “seed” forewarn of long continuous conflict that will go on for generations to generations.
The “head” refers to the leadership or master of this serpent who spoke to Eve in the Garden of Eden.
There is ongoing debate, discussion, different opinions, about who is this serpent in Genesis 3. Did Satan, the Devil, disguise as the serpent? Was the serpent under some sort of sorcery? How did this serpent manage to talk to Eve in human language?
Whoever and whatever was behind this talking serpent in Genesis 3 was up to no good. The obvious intention was to incite rebellion and disobedience against the words of God and to inflict death upon Man.
God created Man to live and not die but through deception and sin Man is now subjected to death.
When God placed Adam within the Garden of Eden where the Tree of Life was he had free access to eternal life but the serpent deceived Eve and she together with Adam went down the path of sin and death by transgressing God’s word and warning about the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil represented God’s law of prohibition. In the records of Leviticus we will understand more about God’s law of prohibition. Adam and Eve were deceived by the serpent and and they transgressed against God’s law of prohibition and suffered the consequence of sin which is death.
The “head” of the serpent is referring to the source and instigator of deception, especially the kind of deception that incites rebellion and disobedience against the words of God. The “seed” of this talking serpent can refer to people and or any form of spiritual influences that engage in deception and incite rebellion and disobedience against the words of God. Therefore the source and instigator of deception should not be limited to that one and only identity Satan or the Devil. We are living in a world saturated with deception and very often we cannot even trace where is it coming from but we need to be always be on the watch out.
The “heel” refers to our walk with God which is about our acts of obedience to God’s words and our acts of obedience are the measure of our loyalty to God. Our walk with God which is reflected through our acts of obedience to God’s words is fundamental to our covenant with God.
Disobedience and rebellion against God’s words are rooted in deception and eventually leads to apostasy. Scripture revealed endless list of warning against deception because deception can distort and pervert God’s words and cause we human to reinterpret God’s words and redefine how we think we can walk with God and ignore God’s warming and judgement. That was how Eve was deceived into thinking otherwise when God already warned Adam they will die if they transgress against His words.
Therefore when God declared this enmity between the serpent and humanity there was the explicit warning “you bruise His heel” – indicating how the serpent and his seeds will attack humanity through deception to distort and pervert God’s words and damage our walk with God. The ultimate goal of such deception from the serpent is apostasy that encourages us human to reinterpret and redefine how we think we can disregard God’s warning and judgement.
Since Genesis 3 we have been put on the front line of confrontation with deception and the Hebrew text for the woman’s seed needed our attention
“between your seed (Heb. זַרְעֲךָ֖ zar·‘ă·ḵā) and her Seed (זַרְעָ֑הּ zar·‘āh)”
The woman’s seed it is written as “Seed” singular and that is with reference to the Mashiach (מָשִׁיחַ). The Mashiach (מָשִׁיחַ) is destined according to the will of God to establish the Messianic Era here on Earth and to reign from Zion (Psalm 2) and responsible for the magnification of God’s decree (חֹ֥ק choq) which is already revealed in Holy Scripture everything written in the Torah and Prophets.
The Mashiach (מָשִׁיחַ) will be responsible for the ultimate banishment of Satan and to eradicate deception.
Why are the nations in an uproar, the peoples grumbling in vain?
2 The earth’s kings are taking positions, leaders conspiring together, against the Lord (Heb. יְהֹוָ֔ה YHVH) and his anointed (מְשִׁיחֽוֹ׃ Mashiach) 3 They cry, “Let’s break their fetters! Let’s throw off their chains!”
4 He who sits in heaven laughs; the Lord (יְהֹוָ֔ה YHVH) looks at them in derision.
5 Then in his anger he rebukes them, terrifies them in his fury. 6 “I myself have installed my king on Tziyon, my holy mountain.”
7 “I will proclaim the decree: the Lord (יְהֹוָ֔ה YHVH) said to me, ‘You are my son; today I became your father. 8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance; the whole wide world will be your possession. 9 You will break them with an iron rod, shatter them like a clay pot.’”
10 Therefore, kings, be wise; be warned, you judges of the earth. 11 Serve the Lord (יְהֹוָ֔ה YHVH) with fear; rejoice, but with trembling. 12 Kiss the son, lest he be angry, and you perish along the way, when suddenly his anger blazes. How blessed are all who take refuge in him.
God’s decree (חֹ֥ק choq) teaches us what is God’s truth and warn us against deception.
God’s decree is contained in His words which are revealed in Scripture.
God’s decree make distinction between those who obey and are loyal and those who follow the path of deception in disobedience.
This enmity between the descendants of the serpent and the woman has been going on for a long time and is reflected in human struggle between truth and deception. Our quest for God’s truth and for our ultimate redemption should be based on what is revealed in scripture and that referring to the Torah
1 Blessed is the man did not follow the counsel of the wicked neither did he stand in the way of sinners nor sit in the company of scorners.
2 But his desire is in the law of the Lord (Heb. יְהֹוָ֔ה YHVH), and in His law (תּוֹרָה torah) he meditates day and night.
3 He shall be as a tree planted beside rivers (פֶלֶג peleg) of water, which brings forth its fruit in its season, and its leaves do not wilt; and whatever he does prospers.
4 Not so the wicked (רָשְׁע rasha), who like chaff driven by the wind.
5 For this reason the wicked shall not stand in the judgment (מִשְׁפָט mishpat) nor shall sinners in the congregation of the righteous (צַדִיק tsaddiq).
6 For the Lord (יְהֹוָ֔ה YHVH) knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked shall perish.