One of man’s great dilemmas has been the need for a savior. When Adam and Eve were cast out of the presence of Yahweh, they started the ball rolling for the estrangement of God and man. God as always, had a plan for the redemption of mankind. The concept of a savior was birthed in Genesis 3:15. 15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. The Lord lets us know that Satan (the serpent) will suffer defeat at the hands of a deliverer who will be born of a woman of unknown origin. It was clearly understood from God’s early dealings with sinful man that it would take a blood sacrifice to atone for man’s sin. Adam and Eve tried to “cover” their sin with fig leaves. God killed animals and cover their nakedness with skin. Cain the son of Adam made the same mistake his parents made, he tried to appease God with the wrong type of offering. God even tried to point Cain in the right direction by telling him his actions were wrong, and his offering would be accepted had he done it right. Cain decided to let envy get the best of him and murder his brother. The devil starting with Abel has been trying to destroy the righteous seed every since. The Lord allowed another to replace Abel. (Seth)
The concept of a Messiah is the primary focus of the Old Testament. The theme of deliverance flows through the Bible like a powerful river. The “river” of deliverance began in Genesis. The messiah would suffer at the hands of the serpent but the serpent would be destroyed. When Eve gave birth to her first son she was excited because she thought he was this deliverer already. Eve however would not have the honor of birthing the Messiah. This would take a virgin (Isaiah 7:14 and Luke 1:35) because the seed would be provided by the Lord God of Israel.