Prophecies of Messiah – Genesis 3:15: The Seed of the Woman

Prophecies of Messiah

Messiah in Hebrew literally means an anointed one, as in a king (1 Samuel 24:6, 10), prophet (1 Kings 19:16) or priest (Leviticus 4:3, 5, 16; 6:22). The term is used in reference to God’s people as well (Psalm 105:15; 1 Chronicles 16:22). Most important is the usage of the term in reference to the Son of God (Psalm 2:2, 6-7; Matthew 16:16; 26:63; John 6:69), the Savior of the world (Habakkuk 3:13; Daniel 9:25) who is to rule as King over all the earth (Psalm 72:1-11; Isaiah 9:6-7; Psalm 110:1-4; Jeremiah 23:5-6; Zechariah 9:9-10; Daniel 7:13-14).

The entire Bible points to the Messiah (John 1:45; 5:39, 46-47; Psalm 40:7).

Ancient Jewish thought concurs with this:
“All the prophets prophesied only of the days of the Messiah.” [Babylonian Talmud, Sanhedrin 99a]

“The world was created but only for the Messiah.” [Babylonian Talmud, Sanhedrin 98b]

As a result it would take volumes of books to reveal this in depth. The purpose of these studies is not to go into depth on every part of the Bible which speaks of Messiah, but to focus upon the prophecies found in the TaNaKH which the New Testament writings apply to Jesus of Nazareth. The series of studies, Messiah in the Torah, is designed to go more in depth in revealing Jesus in the TaNaKH.

The Hebrew word for prophecy is נבא ‘naba’ which comes from the root word נב ‘nab’ meaning fruit, or more literally the seed within fruit. The role of a prophet was to bring forth this ‘hidden seed.’ To reveal the ‘heart of God.’ Interestingly, this heart-seed connection is seen in the very Bible itself.

The first letter of the Torah is ב ‘bet,’ the last letter of the Torah is ל ‘lamed,’ the last letter of the TaNaKH is also ל ‘lamed.’ Both forwards,  בל ‘bal,’ and in reverse לב ‘lev,’ the word for heart is seen.  בל ‘bal’ is the Aramaic word for heart and לב ‘lev’ is the Hebrew word for heart.

בּל (Aramaic)
BDB Definition:
1) mind, heart

The Torah/TaNaKH is the ‘heart’ of God (Psalm 119:32; Isaiah 51:7; Philippians 2:8).

This concept can be applied to the entire Scriptures as well. The first letter of the TaNaKH ב ‘bet’ and the last letter of the New Testament Scriptures נ ‘nun.’  Combined, ב ‘bet’ and נ ‘nun’ form the word בן ‘ben’ which means “son.” Reversed, ב ‘bet’ and נ ‘nun’ form the word נב ‘nev’ which means fruit.

בן = Son

נב = Fruit

Here it can be seen that the Torah/TaNaKH is the heart/mind of God. When combined with the New Testament, the Fruit of His Mind/Heart is brought forth, the Son of God, Jesus Christ.

Preaching the Gospel of Jesus day by day

Psa 96:2 Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day.

In Hebrew this literally says ‘preach the gospel of His ישועה ‘yeshuah’ day by day.’  The Hebrew word translated as ‘shew forth’ is בשר ‘basar’ which is also translated as ‘preach’ (Isaiah 61:1; Psalm 40:9; Psalm 68:11) and gospel or ‘glad tidings’ (Isaiah 40:9; 41:6; 41:27; 52:7; 61:1; Nahum 1:16) in the Scriptures.

The Hebrew word translated as salvation is ישועה ‘yeshuah’ which is the source of the name Jesus.  Here then, Psalm 96 can be seen as saying “preach the Gospel of Jesus” from day to day.

Psa 96:2 שׁירו ליהוה ברכו שׁמו בשׂרו מיום־ליום ישׁועתו׃


Preaching the Gospel of Jesus from the TaNaKH is what the Apostle Paul did.

Act 9:22  But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving {συμβιβάζω ‘sumbibazō’} that this is very Christ.

The Greek word translated as ‘proving’ comes is:

Thayer Definition:
1) to cause to coalesce, to join together, put together
1a) to unite or knit together: in affection
2) to put together in one’s mind
2a) to compare
2b) to gather, conclude, consider
3) to cause a person to unite with one in a conclusion or come to the same opinion, to prove, demonstrate
3a) to teach, instruct, one
Part of Speech: verb
A Related Word by Thayer’s/Strong’s Number: from G4862 and bibazo (to force, causative [by reduplication] of the base of G939 ‘βάσις‘)<–stepping with the foot

The meaning in Acts 9:22 of Paul “proving” Christ from the Scriptures is that he joined together Scriptures step by step, knitting together the meaning.

Paul’s custom was to go into synagogues on the Sabbath days, when the TaNaKH was read and to show Messiah to those in the synagogue in that Torah portion (Acts 17:2-4; 28:23). Christ Jesus taught that the TaNaKH was written about Himself (John 5:46). His custom was to teach in the synagogues each sabbath as well (Luke 4:16-21).

Here we see the precedent set that the TaNaKH is used not only for doctrine, reproof and instruction for righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16), but most importantly, to teach mankind about Messiah (Acts 13:14-32).

The New Testament is specifically written so that men may know that Jesus is the Messiah. In these series of studies on the prophecy of Messiah, the New Testament writings will be used to show that the prophecies spoken of in the TaNaKH have indeed been fulfilled by Jesus of Nazareth.
Joh 20:31 But these have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.
1Jn 5:20 And we know that the Son of God has come, and He has given to us an understanding that we may know the true One, and we are in the true One, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and the life everlasting.
2Jn 1:9 Everyone transgressing and not abiding in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. The one abiding in the doctrine of Christ, this one has the Father and the Son.

The Messiah is revealed from the TaNaKH in a ‘step by step’ method, here a little, there a little (Isaiah 28:10).


Prophecies of Messiah – Genesis 3:15: The Seed of the Woman

Gen 3:15 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.

Scripture declares this was fulfilled in Jesus of Nazareth.

Luk 1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

Mat 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
Mat 1:19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.
Mat 1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
Mat 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

Psalm 89 links this prophecy in Genesis 3:15 with the Messiah.

Psa 89:19 Then You spoke in a vision to Your holy one; and You said, I have laid help on a mighty one. I have exalted a chosen one from the people.
Psa 89:20 I have found My servant David; I have anointed him with My holy oil.

David was a picture of Christ (1 Chronicles 17:17) whose name became a prophetic reference to the Messiah (Jeremiah 23:5; 30:9; 33:15; Ezekiel 34:23-24; 37:24-25; Hosea 3:5; Matthew 1:1; 12:23; 22:42; Acts 2:25-34).

Psa 89:22 An enemy will not exact against him; nor the son of iniquity afflict him.
Psa 89:23 And I will beat down his foes before him, and plague those hating him.
Psa 89:24 But My faithfulness and My mercy is with him; and his horn shall be exalted in My name.
Psa 89:25 And I will set his hand in the sea, and his right hand in the rivers.
Psa 89:26 He shall cry to Me, My Father, You are my God, and the rock of my salvation.
Psa 89:27 And I will make Him My first-born, higher than the kings of the earth.
Psa 89:28 I will keep My mercy for him forever, and My covenant shall hold fast with him.
Psa 89:29 And I have established his Seed forever, and His throne as the days of the heavens.

Psa 89:35 Once I have sworn by My holiness; I will not lie to David.
Psa 89:36 His Seed shall be forever, and his throne as the sun before Me.
Psa 89:37 Like the moon, it shall be forever; and a faithful witness in the sky. Selah.

Psa 89:50 Remember, O Lord, the reproach of Your servants, my bearing in my bosom the insults of the many peoples (This is in reference to Christ carrying the sins of mankind Isaiah 53; Romans 15:3)
Psa 89:51 with which Your enemies have cursed (חרף ‘charaph’), O Jehovah; with which they have cursed (חרף ‘charaph– pierced) the footsteps (עקב ‘aqav’– heel) of Your anointed ( משיח ‘mashiyach’ messiah/christ).

The word translated ‘cursed’ above is from the Hebrew ‘charaph’ which means to pierce, referring back to Genesis 3:15 and the piercing of the heel of the Seed of the woman.

The word חרף ‘charaph’ comes from the root word חל ‘chal’ which means a twisting in pain. This word is used in reference to the piercing of Messiah in Isaiah 53.

Isa 53:5 But He was wounded (חלל ‘chalal’) for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His wounds we ourselves are healed.


The word translated as ‘footsteps’ in Psalm 89:51 refers to the heel.


The Virgin Birth

Birth of the Seed of the woman

Mic 5:1 Now gather yourself together, daughter of a troop; one sets a siege against us. They shall strike the Judge of Israel with a rod on the cheek.
Mic 5:2 And you, Bethlehem Ephratah, being least among the thousands of Judah, out of you He shall come forth to Me to become One ruling in Israel; and His goings forth have been from of old, from the days of eternity.
Mic 5:3 So He will give them over until the time the one giving birth has given birth. Then the rest of His brothers shall return to the sons of Israel.
Mic 5:4 And He shall stand and feed in the strength of Jehovah, in the majesty of the name of Jehovah His God. And they shall sit, for now He is great to the ends of the earth.
Mic 5:5 And this One shall be peace. When Assyria shall come into our land, and when he shall walk in our palaces, then we shall raise against him seven shepherds and eight anointed ones of man.

Isa 7:14 So, The Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold! The virgin will conceive and will bring forth a son; and she shall call His name Immanuel.

In Genesis 3, when God is speaking of the war between the two seeds, He is speaking of the Seed of the woman (Eve) when she was yet a virgin. This is the first reference to the virgin birth.

The Promised Seed is Immanuel (God with us).

Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Isa 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

Adam & Eve understood this as Eve believed that Cain was the fulfillment of this prophecy.

Gen 4:1 And the man knew his wife Eve. And she conceived and bore Cain, and said, I have gotten a man with the help of Jehovah.

The phrase ‘with the help of’ is not in the Hebrew text. Literally, the Hebrew says ‘I have gotten a man, Yahweh.’

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In Revelation 12, the Messiah is born of Zion which in the natural is the virgin Mary. Zion is likened unto a virgin in Scripture (2Kings 19:21; Isaiah 37:22; Lamentations 2:13).

Rev 12:1 And a great sign was seen in the heavens, a woman having been clothed with the sun, and the moon was underneath her feet; and on her head a crown of twelve stars;
Rev 12:2 and having a babe in womb. She cries, being in labor, and having been distressed to bear.
Rev 12:3 And another sign was seen in the heavens. And, behold, a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns! And on his heads were seven diadems,
Rev 12:4 and his tail drew the third part of the stars of the heaven, and he throws them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman being about to bear, so that when she bears he might devour her child.
Rev 12:5 And she bore a son, a male, who is going to shepherd all the nations with an iron staff. And her child was caught away to God, and to His throne.

Jer 31:22 Until when will you turn to and fro, O faithless daughter? For Jehovah has created a new thing in the land: a woman shall enclose a man.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

“A woman: נקבה תסובב גבר [Strong’s H5347], literally “A female (‘one who is only a woman, not a wife, namely a virgin,’ says Cocceius) shall encompass a man,” or a male child. Comp. Job_3:3. Which, together with the addition of a new creation, may well be understood to denote the miraculous conception. Hence the Jews have applied it determinately to the Messiah. In Berashith Rabba (Parash 89) it is said, that as God punished Israel in a virgin, so would he also heal; and in Midrash Tillim, on Psa_2:1-12, R. Huna, in the name of R. Idi, speaking of the sufferings of the Messiah, says, that when his hour is come, God shall say, “I must create him with a new creation; and so he saith, This day I have begotten thee.” Gen_3:15; Isa_7:14; Mat_1:21; Luk_1:34-35; Gal_4:4″

When Jesus of Nazareth walked the earth, Jews believed that the prophecy of the Seed of the woman was speaking of the Messiah who would be born of a virgin.

John Gill commentary on Jeremiah 31:22

So the Targum, “for, behold, the Lord hath created a new thing in the earth and the people of the house of Israel have given themselves up to the law.”

some of the Jewish doctors themselves have acknowledged, that the Messiah is here intended. In an ancient book of theirs {Zohar in Gen. tom. 13. 4.}, on mention of these words, it is added,

“this shall be in the time of the Messiah, which will be on the sixth day;”

that is, the sixth millennium And elsewhere {In Abarbinel. Mashmiah Jeshuah, fol. 37. 4.} “a woman shall compass a man”; says R. Hona, in the name of R. Ame, this is the King Messiah. So says R. Joshua ben Levi {Apud Moses Hadarsan in Gen. c. 41. Vid. Galatin. de Arcanis Cath. Ver. l. 7. c. 14. p. 52, 526.},

“he, that is, God, heals with the same he wounds; so will you find in Israel, they sinned by a virgin, and were punished in virgins, Eze_23:1; so he comforts them by a virgin, according to Jer_31:21; “turn again, O virgin of Israel”, &c. “a woman shall compass a man”. R Huna, in the name of R. Idi and R. Joshua, said, that this man is the King Messiah, of whom it is said, Psa_2:7, “this day have I begotten thee”.”

The Closed Mem

The Hebrew letter מ ‘mem’ has two forms. The ‘open’ ‘mem’ מ is used at the beginning or middle of words while the ‘closed mem’ ם is used at the end of words. The letter מ ‘mem’ has the meaning of waters or a womb. In the Hebrew text there is a unique anomaly which alludes to the virgin birth of Messiah found in Isaiah 9:7.

Isa 9:7 There is no end to the increase of His government and of peace on the throne of David, and on His kingdom, to order it, and to sustain it with justice and with righteousness, from now and forever. The zeal of Jehovah of Hosts will do this.

In the Hebrew text an amazing mystery is revealed showing that the Prince of peace will come from the closed womb. The closed מ ‘mem’ should only occur at the end of a word, but in the text it occurs in the middle. This is the only time in Scripture that this happens.


Jesus is Christ the LORD

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