Day 9: Promise

εὐαγγέλιον — euangelion

The good news of the coming of the Messiah: good news, gospel

It’s a miracle that the Bible doesn’t end with ‘I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband and he shall rule over you.’ Or with ‘cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life’ and ‘you are dust and to dust you shall return’.

Those could have been God’s last words to humanity before he disappeared in a puff of wrath. But that’s not our God, he is not the villain of this story, remember?

Instead he says to Satan ‘I will put enmity between you and the woman, between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head and you shall bruise his heel’.

They rebelled against God, bringing darkness, sin, pain, and death into the world and it could not go unpunished. But God banished them from Paradise with the promise that one day a saviour would be born who would make it possible for man to be reconciled with God again.

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