In the book of Genesis we are told the story of the first sin, and the curse that results from the sin. Three entities are cursed in Genesis 3: the Serpent, Eve, Adam. The curse upon the Serpent speaks to us of the gospel(it is called the proto-evangelium): “And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.”
The serpent and mankind would be at war, the ultimate end to this battle is the cross of Christ. That is where the serpent bruises Christ on the heel as Christ crushes his head. The next time you watch The Passion of the Christ notice how Mel Gibson works this verse into that masterpiece.
The woman is also cursed with pain in childbirth.
The man is cursed with having to work for food. Apparently before this, God freely provided food in the garden with no effort on the part of Adam. As a result of sin, he now has to toil, sweat to grow food. Weeds now take the place of food in the sense that they grow with no attention paid by Adam, with no effort. How true that is.
The rest of the Bible is filled with allusions to the reversal of the curse. It is the promise of the Old Testament and is fulfilled in Christ. The story of God providing manna in the wilderness and Jesus feeding the five thousand are both built on this intention of God to reverse the curse. This is why God is so interested in caring for the poor in the Bible. It reveals not only His compassionate nature, but His saving purpose.
Why do we miss so many of these allusions? We worship the idol of physical life. We have been duped into thinking that physical life is the highest expression of life. But the Bible speaks to us of spiritual life. God is described as “Spirit” which makes spirit life superior to physical life. This means that the work of Jesus is giving us spiritual life is more important than Him healing physical disease. A hard pill for us to swallow until we give up the idol of physical life.
My next post will be a synopsis of last week’s sermon on the Lord’s Prayer in Luke 11. This focus on food will find its way into our understanding of “Give us this day our daily bread.”