After discussing God’s theocratic rule in the garden, we come next to Adam’s rebellion. To say the very least, sin changed everything. One of the most important implications of this first transgression was that Adam and Eve brought upon themselves the curse-sanction of the first covenant.
Had it not been for God’s grace, man’s lot from this point was only that of death, judgement, and eternal punishment. But here, against the backdrop of man’s darkest hour, we are given a powerful glimpse of the gospel.
Genesis 3:15 (ESV)
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.”
This hope was given just before God exiled his people from the land (Eden), and brought the garden theocracy to a close. While this was the end of the theocracy, however, it was not the end of the story. In fact, the real story only truly begins at this point: a story of which the garden serves as but a prologue.
As already alluded to in Gen 3:15, the biblical narrative continues along in the theme of two rival “seeds”: the seed of the women and the seed of the serpent (the holy and the profane). Neither now live in the theocratic land, but instead find their dwelling on the stage of commonality. This is a crucial point; something that we will spend more time developing in the posts to come; something that becomes vital in developing our biblical missiology.