August 12, 2023
At the Fall of Man and Adam and Eve’s expulsion from the Garden of Eden, God told Lucifer (represented by the snake) what his consequences would be, along with Adam’s and Eve’s consequences. Included was what many Bible Scholars consider the first Promise of the Redemption of Mankind by one of Eve’s descendents: “He shall [fatally] bruise your head, and you shall [only] bruise His heel.” — Genesis 3:13, Amplified Bible. So, I simply consider, within this passage, is God’s Promise to Eve as much as His punishment for Satan. That’s where I say, “Adam got the Curse while Eve got the Blessing.” (The consequences for Adam’s disobedience was a loss of the privileged life of ease to surviving by his own toil and sweat. The promise to Eve was that somewhere down the line, one of her descendants or “seed” would give birth to the Messiah.)
Note: “Curse” in the Bible meant “to bring unhappiness upon.” — MerriamWebster. com. Maybe that is why, at least in this culture, we hate Mondays.
The second great Promise of God came to Abram, later to be called Abraham, and again it was a Promise to be fulfilled through someone of his progeny: “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”” — Genesis 12:3, NIV.
There is a thread developing in these two Promises. It is becoming the ongoing revelation of God’s plan for Humanity — one of redemption and reconciliation — and among many people: “I will make you a great nation…” — Genesis 12:2, AMP.
Now, while researching for the continuation of the thread of God’s Promises, I came across this article. As I have weeding to do in one of my gardens, and as I am becoming a bit lazy in my old age, and as this person explains things in a direct way that I would hope to emulate, I hand his article over to you: https://www.gcu.edu/blog/theology-ministry/theology-thursday-what-are-biblical-covenants