They Still Speak – Charles Spurgeon


NO. 1326





And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.

Genesis 3:15.

THIS is the first Gospel sermon that was ever delivered upon the surface of this earth! It was a memorable discourse, indeed, with Jehovah, Himself, for the preacher and the whole human race and the Prince of Darkness for the audience. It must be worthy of our heartiest attention.  Is it not remarkable that this great Gospel promise should have been delivered so soon after the transgression?  As yet no sentence had been pronounced  upon either of the two human offenders, but the promise was given under the form of a sentence pronounced upon the serpent. Not yet had the woman been condemned to painful travail, or the man to exhausting labor, or even the soil to the curse of thorn and thistle.

Truly “mercy rejoices against judgment.” Before the Lord had said, “Dust you are and unto dust you shall return,” He was pleased to say that the Seed of the woman should bruise the serpent’s head! Let us rejoice, then, in the swift mercy of God, which in the early watches of the night of sin came with comfortable words to us. These words were not directly spoken to Adam and Eve, but they were directed distinctly to the serpent, himself, and that by way of punishment to him for what he had done. It was a day of cruel triumph to him—such joy as his dark mind is capable of had filled him, for he had indulged his malice and gratified his spite.

He had, in the worst sense, destroyed a part of God’s works. He had introduced  sin into the new world.  He had stamped the human race with his own image and gained new forces to promote rebellion and to multiply transgression and, therefore, he felt that sort of gladness which a fiend can know who bears a Hell within himself. But now God comes in, takes up the quarrel personally, and causes him to be disgraced on the very battlefield upon which he had gained a temporary  success. He tells the dragon  that He will undertake to deal with him—this quarrel shall not be between the serpent and man, but between God and the serpent!

God said, in solemn words, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, between your seed and her seed,” and He promises that there shall rise, in fullness of time a Champion, who, though  He suffers, shall smite in a vital part the power of evil and bruise the serpent’s head. This was all the more, it seems to me, a comfortable  message of mercy to Adam and Eve, because they would feel sure that the tempter would be punished. Perhaps, however, by thus obliquely giving the promise, the Lord meant to say, “Not for your sakes do I do this, O fallen man and woman, nor for the sake of your descendants, but for My own name and honor’s sake, that it be not profaned and blasphemed among the fallen spir- its. I undertake to repair the mischief which has been caused by the tempter,  that My name and My Glory may not be diminished among the immortal spirits who look down upon the scene.”

All this would be very humbling, but yet consolatory to our parents if they thought of it, seeing that mercy given for God’s sake is always, to our troubled apprehension, more sure than any favor which could be promised to us for our own sakes. Divine Sovereignty and Glory afford us a stronger  foundation  of hope than merit, even if merit can be supposed to exist.

Now we must note concerning this first Gospel sermon that on it the earliest Believers stayed themselves. This was all that Continue reading