After Adam and Eve’s sin, they try to blame someone else for their mistake. God has heard enough. He warned against sin, and because he is a just God, he must give consequences for sin. Rebellion must be addressed. To the serpent, his legs are removed forcing him to slither on his belly from that point on causing him to choke upon the dust of the ground from which Man was made (Gen. 3:14). God curses (arur) the crafty (arum).
In the midst of this depressing scene, hope emerges. Gen. 3:15 serves as the “Protoevangelium.” It is the first announcement of the gospel, or good news, in the Bible. “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” (Gen. 3:15). God informs the listeners that Satan will be fighting against this human race for the remainder of days. He will bruise Mankind’s heel. He will trip many a people up who are trying to follow God, but there is also a promise of one who will come and not stop at the heel. One will come to bruise Satan’s head leaving a lethal blow upon the enemy.
Concerning the identity of this attacker, one vital clue is given: he will be the seed of a woman.