“He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel” (Genesis 3:14-15).
So much has happened in just a short time. God wonderfully made the world and all things in it. Then, He blessed it and gave it purpose. Adam and Eve bore His image and were meant to glorify Him in the way they ruled His creation. The serpent interfered with this design and tempted the couple. They fell into sin, and the entire world felt the effects. But make no mistake: This was not a war waged against Adam. It was against God. The serpent attacked God by tempting His image-bearers.
After speaking with Adam and Eve, God directs His attention to the serpent. He gives it no opportunity for repentance. He immediately judges: “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life.” It was the most humiliating curse of all.