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GENESIS 3:15 - WHO IS THE SEED OF THE WOMAN?

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so let's first read this passage

together Genesis chapter 3 bere sheet

chapter 3 this is after the entire

incident where God told Adam and Eve not

to eat from the tree of knowledge of

good and evil

we know that the serpent managed to

trick Eve into eating from that tree and

then she offered some of the fruit to

her husband and so here in verse 14 God

now addresses the serpent God speaks of

the serpent and says because you did

this curse it are you more than all of

the livestock and all of the wild beasts

on your belly you shall crawl and dust

you shall eat all the days of your life

I will plant hatred between you and the

woman and between your offspring and her

offspring he will strike you in the head

and you will strike him in the heel

now it seems like a fairly innocuous

passage at first blush but what gets

many Christians very excited is that the

Hebrew here I don't have it in front of

you but the Hebrew here speaks of the

Zahra

the seed of the woman and it's

translated in this verse 15 here as her

offspring it refers to Eve's descendants

as her offspring but again the Hebrew is

her Zahra her seed and so this English

translation prefers to render the word

her seed as her descendants which

actually is the real meaning of the word

in the Christian Bible in the book of

Galatians they make the strange

assertion that the word seed

Saed really refers to only one human

being somehow whenever the Bible uses

the word Zahra seed it makes the strange

assertion that it refers to one person

now the problem with that is quite

serious for anyone that knows any Hebrew

because in Hebrew the word zero seed

always means descendants in the plural

God promises Abraham if you just look up

for example in the 17th chapter of

Genesis so God is always promising to

Abraham he will have many descendants

and it says that it refers to them as

his seed so even though the word in

English seed is in the singular and

Zahra although they're a seed in Hebrew

is Ana singular but in context it always

refers to a person's progeny their

descendants in

plural for some reason the writers of

the Christian scriptures want to insist

that it really refers to not a group of

people not progeny descendants but one

and so what happens is in general

Christian apologists will claim that in

the Hebrew Bible we call the Tanakh

Christians insists that in the Tanakh in

the Hebrew Scriptures they insist that

there are actually hundreds of

prophecies that prove Jesus was the

Messiah this is an assertion that

Christians make they assert that the

Jewish Bible the Tanakh contains they

say hundreds of prophecies proving that

Jesus was the Messiah and they refer to

this passage in Genesis chapter 3 as the

proto Evangelion it's a fancy big word

they refer to this as the

protoevangelium don't try putting it on

your bread which means that it's the

first glimmer it's the first glimmer of

the Christian gospel found in the Hebrew

Scriptures so they will say that this is

the first place in the entire Jewish

Bible where you have a glimmer of the

Christian message of the gospel message

and what is their claim here their claim

based upon this passages that the

Messiah would be born through the seed

of a woman because again the Hebrew in

this passage God says to the snake in

verse 15 I will plant hatred between you

mister snake and the woman and between

your offspring and her seed

and so the Christian assertion is that

we see in this passage that the Messiah

would be born through the seed of a

woman without a human father now this

seems a little bit hard for you to

digest that's good because it is a very

strange assertion but that's their claim

that they say you see from this passage

that the Messiah would be born through

the seed of a woman without the agency

the participation of a human father and

this of course is the alleged miraculous

virgin birth of Jesus that is written

about in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke

in addition Christian apologists will

use this passage to establish again

their claim that as the Messiah Jesus

came to crush the head of the snake who

is seen as Satan we'll get back to that

second claim in a little while now the

first thing that I will say about these

assertions by both the New Testament and

Christian apologists is that if you just

read this passage and we just read it

there is absolutely nothing here nothing

not one word that says anything about a

messiah this is again something that

they are asserting they're claiming but

there's nothing in the text itself to

substantiate such an assertion it's just

a claim that they make and that the

plain sense of this passage the plain

sense is very simple it's speaking about

the ongoing hostility between humanity

and that's what the snake is being told

here the snake is being told that God is

telling the snake it's going to be an

ongoing hostility between

you and your descendants mr. snake and

Eve and her descendants and we all know

that all over the world no matter where

you go throughout history human beings

have had not the best of relationships

with snakes people are afraid of snakes

people don't like snakes we use the term

snake as an insult for human beings

you're a snake in the grass but we don't

love I mean some people they have pet

snakes but when they're out in the wild

snakes can be dangerous sometimes and so

generally speaking we have this

adversarial hostile relationship between

humans and snakes and that's what God is

telling the snake here God and his

passage is speaking to the snake and is

saying to the snake look I'm going to

put enmity hostility between you and

your descendants and the woman and her

descendants and what's going to happen

God says you will sorry he meaning the

descendants of humanity the human beings

in the future they will strike you in

the head because again snakes are

crawling on the ground and a human being

that wants to hurt the snake you're not

normally going to step on its tail

you're going to go for the head so the

human being is able to just to crush and

smash the head of the snake but you will

strike the human being in the heel

meaning you can't bite you even being in

its neck you being stands up high you're

crawling on the ground so God is very

simply here painting a picture of what

is going to be the relationship between

humanity in the future who will be the

descendants of Eve and the snakes that

will come in the future and this passage

requires a tremendous leap to assume

that it is a messianic prophecy

and it would only happen if you approach

the Bible wearing Jesus glasses think

that if you have red glasses on you're

wearing red glasses everything looks red

so if you're wearing Jesus glasses and

you believe in Jesus and you believe

that Jesus is the Messiah and you

believe that Jesus came to destroy the

works of the devil and to smash Satan

and crush the snake so you will see

Jesus here like Mark Twain used to say

so the person with a hammer everything

looks like a nail so to a Christian who

is trying to find Jesus on every page of

the Bible they will see Jesus in this

story even though that's clearly not

what it's talking about now when it says

that I will put enmity or hatred between

you and her seed so it is a strange

expression we don't normally speak about

the seed of women usually the Bible when

it speaks about Sarah it's speaking

about the man's issue but this reference

here in chapter 3 of Genesis is not the

only place in scripture where this

occurs this is not the only place in the

Bible that speaks about the seed of a

woman the passage here again is

addressing the serpent in the presence

of the woman that's what's going on here

God is addressing the serpent in the

presence of Eve and so when God

addresses the serpent in the presence of

Eve it refers to mankind who will come

in the future as her seed as her

descendants

it would not have made any sense in this

passage to say I will put enmity or

hatred between you and the woman and

between you and his seed Adams seed Adam

is not being addressed here so because

God is speaking to the serpent in the

presence of Eve he refers to humanity

that will come as a seed we see this

same construction a few chapters later

in Genesis chapter 16 verse 10 when God

speaks to hug our agar is the handmaiden

of Abraham and God says to Hagar I will

greatly multiply your seed

so again Genesis 3 is not the only place

in the Bible that speaks about the seed

of a woman when God speaks to her guard

he says I will greatly multiply your

seed meaning her descendants and God

doesn't say to her that I'll greatly

multiply his seed leading Abraham's seed

that would be ridiculous he's speaking

to Hagar he's not going to refer to

Abraham's seed so we see that this

construction of a woman's seed or issue

is not that unusual and the truth is

there are many many places in the Bible

where it speaks about a woman's seed for

example in the 24th chapter of Genesis

of Bray sheet verse 60 when it speaks

about LaVon and Basu L who are blessing

Rebekah their daughter and sister

respectively so the verse says a very

famous verse that they blessed Rebekah

and they said to her you become

the mother of thousands and ten

thousands and may your seed possess the

gates of their phones so again God

speaks here through loved one and thus

well to Rebecca and speaks about her

progeny her descendants as her seed and

one more point about this passage in

Genesis 3 the Christian assertion is

that it's predicting that the seed of

the woman is actually speaking about

only one person that's Jesus and what

will this descendent of the woman do he

will crush the head of the snake and so

the Christian interpretation is that

Jesus would crush the head of the

serpent which refers to destroying the

works of the devil now is that true did

Jesus destroy the works of the devil we

know that in Christian theology Satan is

the cause of all sin did Jesus with his

death destroy all sin has since stopped

in the world is Satan now powerless is

Satan out of business now is a devil no

longer running around doing anything in

this world so everybody on the planet

would agree that Satan the Satan is

still alive and well causing many people

to send both non-christians and

Christians and Paul himself refers to

himself as one of the greatest sinners

so everybody sins including Jews

including Muslims including Buddhists

and including Christians and so there's

no evidence whatsoever that Jesus

through his death was able to destroy

the works of the devil

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