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1)    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.

     This verse is a prophecy of hope that God would do something for humanity that humanity was unable to do for themselves, and exactly what would He do?

- “I will put enmity between thee and the woman...”

     The Hebrew word for “enmity” used here is “aybaw”, and it translates and means “hostility, enmity, hatred” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, word #342).  The “thee” refers to Lucifer or Satan.  The “woman” refers to God’s church which is made up of obedient people (see Jeremiah 6:2).

- “...and between thy seed and her seed...”

     The word for “seed” used here in both cases is “zera”, and it translates and means “seed, fruit, posterity, child” (Strong’s, word #2233).

- “...it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”

     The word for “bruise” used here in both cases is “shuwph”, which translates and means “to overwhelm, to break, to bruise” (Strong’s, word #7779).  The word for “head” is “rosh”, and it translates and means “to shake the head, captain, chief, first, highest part, ruler” (Strong’s, word #7218).  And the word for “heel” used here is “iqqebah”, which translates and means “a heel, a track, the rear of an army, last” (Strong’s, word #6119).

     Replacing the words and prophetic symbols with these fuller meanings, this text would read:
     “I [God] will put hostility and hatred between Lucifer/Satan and God’s church, and between Lucifer’s followers and God’s followers”.  And then God states that “it [which is singular and refers to just one of Gods’ followers] shall overwhelm, shake, break up and then take over Lucifer’s position as being the head captain, chief, first and highest ruler over the inhabitants of this world, and Lucifer shall overwhelm, break up and then take over this seed’s position of being in the rear and the last among the inhabitants of this world.

2)     Who is this seed or child from the linage of God’s church of faithful obedient followers upon which the fate of all humanity rested upon?

     “Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made.  He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.” Galatians 3:16.

     “Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name” Romans 1:1-5.

     This prophecy of Genesis 3:15 revealed the glorious plan of the gospel of salvation for mankind which all hinged upon the Lord God willingly taking the last position by coming down and being born the human Jesus Christ, then fulfilling His part of this amazing plan by living a life of perfect holiness and absolute obedience to God while living through the sinful human flesh and fallen nature of mankind which He inherited, then voluntarily spilling His blood and sacrificing His innocent and righteous life on the cross, and then being resurrected back to life by God so that He could give eternal life to as many as would accept Him as their Lord and Saviour.

     This was necessary so that Jesus Christ could successfully shake up Lucifer’s kingdom and dethrone him from his position as the supreme ruler and controller of all human beings.  This would then allow Jesus to rightfully take Lucifer’s place and reign as the supreme Captain and highest Ruler over all mankind.  By successfully accomplishing this very difficult task, Jesus could then provide all of humanity with a second chance to serve and obey God, and thus gain eternal life instead of eternal death.  This truly shows that the last shall be first, and the first shall be last! (Matthew 19:30, 20:16).

3)    And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.” Exodus 25:8.

     The Lord God Himself told Moses to “Come up to me into the mount...and Moses went up into the mount of God” (Exodus 24:12-13).  Moses “was in the mount forty days and forty nights” (Exodus 24:18) in direct communion with the Lord.  It was during this time that the Lord God revealed to Moses the manner of how He wanted His followers to worship Him (see Exodus 25-31), and after the golden calf apostasy had been dealt with, Moses then spent another “forty days and forty nights” (Exodus 34:28) in direct communion with the Lord, who finished giving all the specific details to Moses regarding how to worship Him (see Exodus 34:1-27).  Moses then wrote down all this information and related it all to the Israelites (see Exodus 34:31-34).

4)    The worship of the Lord God was composed of three main divisions which were all interconnected and united together: a sanctuary (Exodus, chapters 25-27), a priesthood (Exodus, chapter 28), and sacrifices (Exodus, chapter 29).

     Central to this worship of the Lord God was this sanctuary that was to be called “the tabernacle of the congregation” (Exodus 30:18).  Connected with this sanctuary were different kinds of sacred furniture and instruments that the priesthood would use in performing various sacred services.

     The main reason why this sanctuary or tabernacle was to be built was so that the mighty Lord God could “dwell among” His people (Exodus 25:8).  This meant that unlike the pagan gods whom the people believed “whose dwelling is not with flesh” (Daniel 2:11), the Lord God instead desired to personally make His dwelling as close to His people as He possibly could.

5)    Are there any consequences which sin caused between God and His people?
     “Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” Isaiah 59:1-2.

     These verses reveal that sin caused a separation or gulf to occur between God and all of mankind – including the Israelites.  Then this meant that in order for the Lord God to indeed dwell among His people, there had to be a way found for all of their sins to be forgiven as well as for a bridge to span this gulf and unite them once again.

     To prefigure or symbolize the amazing accomplishing of both of these areas in the plan of Salvation was the main purpose for which this sanctuary, its furnishings, its services and sacrificial offerings were designed and pointed towards!  These in-turn focused upon bringing about “an atonement” for all the sins of the Israelites (Exodus 30:10).

     The Hebrew word for “atonement” used here is “kaphar”, and it translates and means “to cover with a coating like bitumen, to cancel, to appease, make an atonement, cleanse, disannul, forgive, pardon, purge away, reconcile” (Strong’s, word #3722).  The Lord God promised that He would make an atonement for each and every follower by freely forgiving and pardoning any repentant sins which His people have committed, would then freely purge away and cleanse them from all these sins, would freely disannul and cancel any punishment due them, thus appeasing the wrath of Almighty God against them, bridging this gulf and reconciling them back to God, and the Lord would also freely coat and cover them completely with a material like bitumen.

     The word “bitumen” refers to “any of several substances obtained as asphaltic residue in the distillation of coal tar” (Websters New World Dictionary).  Now tar is very, very sticky; it also has its own color which completely hides all the area it is applied to, and once it gets on you it is very difficult to get back off.  Although it can be completely and successfully removed, yet you must choose to exert a lot of determined effort in order to strip it all off.  It also has a particular odor all its own which no other material has.  So not only would the Lord God completely forgive, pardon, purge and cleanse us from all our sins; not only would He disannul and cancel any punishment due; not only would He then appease God’s wrath, bridge the gulf and reconcile us back to Him, but the Lord would also completely coat and cover these forgiven ones with a divine material of His own to the point that only it would be seen on us - but none of our own self could be seen through it, and only its odor could be smelled - but none of our own odor could be smelled through it.  This divine covering was so durable and lasting that nothing except our own choice and then determined efforts could strip and remove it from off of us.

     What is this divine material and covering so freely given to us from the Lord God Himself?

     It is His own precious robe of righteousness!  It is like that robe of light and innocence that was lost to Adam and Eve and all of their offspring when they sinned.  Yet the Lord God chose to provide a way in which this precious divine robe of light – this robe of His righteousness – would again be able to cling to and completely cover us so that none of our own naked and shameful self could be seen.  All of this the Lord God would freely provide for His people because of this plan of salvation and atonement!
     “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness.” Isaiah 61:10.

6)    The Lord God showed Moses “the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof” (Exodus 25:9), and thus Moses had a correct idea of what it all looked like.

7)    The materials to be used in building and constructing of these sacred things for the worship of Israel’s One Lord God were not to be cheap, but were to be of the finest and best of materials according to their function.  Only these specific materials were to be used: the metals of “gold, and silver, and brass”; colored fabrics of “blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen”; also “goats’ hair, And rams’ skins died red, and badgers’ skins”; as well as “shittim wood, [olive] Oil for the light, spices for anointing oil, and for sweet incense”; and various kinds of precious and semi-precious stones (Exodus 25:3-7).