The Crushed Serpent

“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” (Genesis 3:15)

Before we continue with our discussion of the Lord’s Ascension, let’s first revisit that promise made by God back in The Garden.

“I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed.” God here declares a perpetual state of war, designating The Serpent specifically as a mortal enemy to the Promised Seed, and to all mankind generally.

And then God declares the final outcome of the War – the Seed of the woman “shall crush thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” To be sure there will be wounds suffered  by both. But lets compare the damage.

defeated foeThe act of  crucifixion was indescribably torturous and savage. The whole purpose of it was not death, but prolonging the suffering of the victim as much as possible until they finally died.  We have heard sermons describing all that Jesus endured, and we have seen graphic movies splattering us with the horrid scenes of His torments – beaten with the cat-of-nine-tails; crowned with thorns; slapped by soldiers, who plucked chunks of His beard out as they slapped Him.

And then He was crucified.

Indescribably horrific.

However, and this will take a moment to fully hit you – the crucifixion of Jesus (awful as it was), when compared to what He did to The Serpent while He died on the Cross is nothing more but a “bruised heel” compared to a “crushed head!”

Golgotha means ” the place of the skull.” When the Cross went into the ground atop that hill, it surely gave the appearance of a sword being thrust into the top of a Skull. And whose skull do you suppose it was? The Serpent’s!

Oh, my! The Serpent never even saw it coming!  And now that it has happened, he can never recover.

The prophet Habakkuk boasts of the Lord’s victory, saying, “You went forth for the salvation of Your people, for the salvation of Your anointed. You struck the head of the house of evil to lay him open from thigh to neck. Selah.” (Hab 3:13).

I find the imagery very significant here. The prophet is describing a wound that goes “from thigh to neck.” Obviously this wound was caused by an upward force that ripped through the enemy. I believe it happened at the instant Jesus rose from the dead! As The Serpent straddled the grave in which the Son of God was entombed, roaring with demonic defiance to the Heavens above, he had no idea of the devastation that he himself was about to incur.

Nahum the prophet adds his perspective to the story as he calls out to the fallen Prince of Darkness, “Your injury has no healing, your wound is severe. All who hear news of you will clap their hands over you, for upon whom has not your wickedness passed continually?” (Nah 3:18-19).

Paul tells us just how extensive was the triumph of Jesus over the Serpent and his minions – “He defeated the rulers and powers of the spiritual world. With the cross He won the victory over them and led them away, as defeated and powerless prisoners for the whole world to see” (Col 2:15 ERV). The Message reads, “He stripped all the spiritual tyrants in the universe of their sham authority at the Cross and marched them naked through the streets.”

Finally, the writer of Hebrews tells us, “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” (Hebrews 2:14,15).

The Promise has been fulfilled! The Serpent did indeed bruise His heel. And Christ the Lord most certainly did crush the Serpent’s head.