[Scheduled Reading: Genesis 1-23. Click here to access and print out your complete 60-Day Reading Plan, as well as tips for "Power Reading."]
Greetings! For Day 1 reading, I have a question to consider.
What’s the most popular verse in the Bible?
When I ask a room of children this question, everyone blurts out “John 3:16!” According to Google, they may be right.
Then I ask, “what’s the most popular verse in the Old Testament?” I may hear Jeremiah 29:11… or Joshua 1:9…or Proverbs 3:5. Good guesses.
While not the most popular, one of the most verses in the Old Testament is Genesis 3:15.
And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel. (NIV)
When God cursed the serpent after Adam and Eve had sinned, He delivered a verdict and a forecast of what was to come.
There’s going to be a Seed—Jesus—who will come from the line of Eve. The serpent (Satan) will harass the earth and strike the heel of Jesus. In the end, Jesus will crush Satan’s head.
Genesis 3:15 is arguably the most common stop-by verse for Bible theologians used to explain the Bible’s systematic theology. From Genesis 3:15 forward, the rest of the Bible is all about working out this verse.
And sure enough, sixty-plus generations after Adam, this Holy Spirit “Seed”is born – baby Jesus. Jesus grows up, walks the earth, dies a crucifixion death and miraculously rises again.
This resurrection event is a crushing blow to the serpent, but not the final blow. (Spoiler alert!) That comes in the book of Revelation.
Genesis 3:15 is a mind-numbing prophecy and sums up the Bible narrative in less than 30 words.
As you read today, and throughout these next 60 days, keep the big picture in mind.
[Click here to access and print out your complete 60-Day Reading Plan, as well as tips for "Power Reading."]