Matthew Henry’s commentary says regarding verse 15:
God passes sentence; and he begins where the sin began, with
the serpent. The devil’s instruments must share in the devil’s
punishments. Under the cover of the serpent, the devil is
sentenced to be degraded and accursed of God; detested and
abhorred of all mankind: also to be destroyed and ruined at last
by the great Redeemer, signified by the breaking of his head. War
is proclaimed between the Seed of the woman and the seed of
the serpent…A gracious promise is here made of Christ, as the
Deliverer of fallen man from the power of Satan. Here was the
dawn of the gospel day: no sooner was the wound given, than the
remedy was provided and revealed. This gracious revelation of a
Saviour came unasked, and unlooked for.
- What does it tell you about God’s character that He judges the deceit of the serpent?
- What does it tell you about Him that He alludes to a future deliverer who would crush the serpent?