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Why did God specifically say that he would put hostility between woman and the offspring of the serpent?

In speaking to satan, God says to him that He will put a hostility between woman and satan. Does this mean women are affected differently by sin/evil than men?

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.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
In my opinion, when God said to the serpent (that is, Satan) that He would put enmity between the serpent and the woman, He was not referring to an enmity or an effect of sin based on the woman's gender as such (that is, the mere fact that she was a woman rather than a man), but with regard to Eve's capacity as the forerunner of all women who would give birth to each subsequent member of humanity (both male and female).

In other words, the enmity between Satan and humanity would begin with Eve, and it would extend to all other people who would subsequently be born, until one of Eve's descendants (that is, Christ) would someday arise who, although he would be "bruised" by crucifixion and physical death (likened to a slight wound to His heel), would then also more severely "bruise" Satan (likened to a fatal head wound) through His resurrection, thereby assuring Satan's ultimate defeat.

August 30 2016 1 response Vote Up Share Report


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Data Chukwuerika Dike
My understanding of that scripture is that the offsprings of the woman are both men and women. Women do not give birth to women alone but to both sexes. We see then that the curse fell upon the entire human race. God placed a specific curse on the woman in verse 16.

The interesting point, however, is that Christ is the one who with finality bruises the head of the serpent, the devil at the end of this age.

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Mini Kenneth Heck
I my opinion, since Adam and Eve had violated the commandment, they had lost sight of the distinction between good and evil. Originally, there was no enmity between the woman and the serpent when they related and talked with each other. Note that Adam didn't talk or relate to the serpent, only to Eve. As a result Eve was corrupted more than Adam. Growing enmity between the woman and the serpent has been one major result of God's progressive revelation of the difference between good and evil continuing on and finally up to the time of Christ and the Christian religion. 

This enmity ensures that the Fall through the woman and the serpent will not be repeated in human history. Women are not affected by sin/evil differently than men, but without this enmity, they would have had a weakness for talking to serpents, demonic beings or spirits, etc. Historically speaking, most mediums or channelers supposedly talking to the dead or spirit beings, have been women.

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