Friends: This is from my good friend and pastor, David N. He uses the S.O.A.P method in his morning devotional time. Study, Observe, Apply, Pray. If you are looking for a help-method for your daily study time that will help you maximize your fellowship and growth in your relationship with God….try this S.O.A.P method. 😊 David is studying in Genesis these days and I thought today’s S.O.A.P. was a natural add-on piece to the Default System series we just finished a few days ago. Blessings, dh
3-20-19 Gen 3:14-15 The offspring of the woman
14 The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. 15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” ESV
God had warned Adam that disobedience would cause a lifetime of evil and separation from Him. 4000 years after that Jesus said “In this world you will have trouble, but take heart, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) There has been 6000 years of evil, pain and suffering for all humans, because of Adam’s sin. (Rom 5:12) But here in Gen 3, a few hours after that sin, God pronounced a curse on Satan for his rebellion and deception. And He promised that one day “the offspring of the woman” would crush his head.
Lord, Your Word contains the warnings and the promises to make sense of all the pain and suffering in this world. Help me/us remember Your warnings that there are terrible consequences of sin, and never take it lightly. Thank You for this promise immediately after Adam’s sin of the coming Savior. And Thank You Jesus that we can “take heart” that You have overcome Satan in spite of the great evil there is all around us – and in us! There is no other source of forgiveness for sin, or hope for the future than “the offspring of the woman” – our LORD and Savior! Amen!