“And I put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed. He shall crush your head, and you shall crush His heel.”
The Hebrew word for crush/bruise is the same, in some translations the word crush is used and in others the word bruise is used.
Based on the fact that Yeshua is the Seed of the woman and we as believers in Yeshua is the fruit of the Seed. We become the Body of Messiah, Yeshua being the head. I would like you to consider that Elohim spoke these Word as a proclamation of what will come to pass through His only begotten Son.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only and unique Son, so that everyone who trusts in him may have eternal life, instead of being utterly destroyed. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but rather so that through him, the world might be saved. Those who trust in him are not judged; those who do not trust have been judged already, in that they have not trusted in the one who is God’s only and unique Son. ” Now this is the judgment:the light has come into the world, but people loved the darkness rather than the light. Why? Because their actions were wicked
Based on John 3:16, Elohim did not plan to bruise the enemy, He planed for His Son to be victorious over the enemy so that those who trust in the victory achieved through the cross of His Son Yeshua will walk in the victory. He did not plan that they will be bruised, He merely said that the enemy will bruise His heel.
We are called to proclaim and enforce the victory achieved by Yeshua on the cross as He commissioned and anointed us to be His witnesses. The heel that is bruised is the part of the body that is at the back, or the part of the body that holds back. The part that holds back is like Gideon, before he became a warrior walking in the strength of Elohim. He trusted but did not enforce what he trusted, he held back, not releasing what he believed could be for Elohim was with them! They held back and trusted in idols, therefor the enemy could bruise them. However the moment Gideon took hold of the call of Elohim, as in Judges 6:14 “Go in this strength of yours and save Isra’el from the hands of Midyan. haven’t I sent you, the head of the enemy was crushed by the power of Elohim. Hereafter the enemy could no longer bruise them.
Yeshua explained that the enemy is coming against the Kingdom of Heaven trying to snatch it away from the people. Matthew 11:12 “From the time of Yochanan the Immerser until now, the Kingdom of Heaven has been suffering violence; yes, violent ones are trying to snatch it away.“
In reaction to the potential thread Yeshua, commissioned His disciples to go into all the nations proclaiming the Good News that He already defeated the enemy on the cross of Calvery, and set their minds at rest with these Word in Matthew 28:“And remember! I will be with you always, yes, even until the end of the age” and in Mark 16:20” And they went out and proclaimed everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the message by the accompanying signs.”
In battle there is two primary strategies, defensive and an offensive strategy.
“The Tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, order these stones to become bread.” But he answered, “The Tanakh says,
‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of ADONAI’”
Then the Adversary took him to the holy city and set him on the highest point of the Temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “jump! For the Tanakh says,
‘He will order his angels to be responsible for you….
They will support you with their hands,
so that you will not hurt your feet on the stones.’”
Yeshua replied to him, “But it also says, ‘Do not put ADONAI your God to the test.’”
Once more, the Adversary took him up to the summit of a very high mountain, showed him all the kingdoms of the world in all their glory, and said to him, “All this I will give you if you will bow down and worship me.” “Away with you, Satan!” Yeshua told him, “For the Tanakh says,
‘Worship ADONAI your God, and serve only him.’”
Then the Adversary let him alone, and angels came and took care of him”
Yeshua did not defend Himself as the Son of Elohim, on the contrary He proclaimed the truth of the Word. If then we consider that the Word is liken unto a sword, a weapon of offence and not defense. I believe the guidance we received from the Lord is to be offensive in our warfare. We should not defend the enemy’s accusations, for the enemy is well trained in the frailty of humanity who always try to defend, instead we should humble ourselves before Elohim,by submitting to Him and the truth of His Word as we proclaim His Word, resist the enemy and then like in the example set by Yeshua, he will flee.This process is explicitly stated as warfare in James 4:7 “Therefore, submit to God. Moreover, take a stand against the Adversary, and he will flee from you”
To hold back, is to be proud in oneself but to be offensive in proclaiming the truth is to be humble in the presence of Elohim and Yeshua the Messiah. For the Bible say in 1 Corinthians 15:28 “Now when everything has been subjected to the Son, then he will subject himself to God, who subjected everything to him; so that God may be everything in everyone.”
As warriors of substance submitting to Elohim, means absolute and total obedience to the Word.
As warriors of substance our strength is in our weakness, in submitting to the Word of Elohim as manifested in Yeshua the Messiah, while resisting the enemy, so that he will flee and Yeshua will receive the glory of His suffering.
For He suffered for a little while so that all things can be made subjected under His feet.
As written in Hebrew 2:8
“ You made him a little lower than the angels,
you crowned him with glory and honor,
you put everything in subjection under his feet. “
In subjecting everything to him, he left nothing unsubjected to him! However, at present, we don’t see everything subjected to him- at least, not yet. But we do see Yeshua- who indeed was made for a little while lower than the angels- now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by God’s grace he might taste death for all humanity. For in bringing many sons to glory, it was only fitting that God, the Creator and Preserver of everything, should bring the Initiator of their deliverance to the goal through sufferings. For both Yeshua, who sets people apart for God, and the ones being set apart have a common origin- this is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers.
As warriors of substance we are called to proclaim the victory of the cross in a offensive manner. We do not need to defend the truth, we proclaim it in subjection to the Word and in the name of Yeshua the Messiah.