Thou Shalt Bruise His Heel

I took a bit of a tumble this weekend—no one’s fault but my own and the apex of a series of poor choices. It’s about the most Biblical injury I can imagine (actually that’s not true—I can imagine others but they involve thorns and nails and spears and I’ll just leave the gory stuff to Mel Gibson) and I present photo-documentary evidence below along with a selection from Genesis 3.

For those not immediately familiar with the Bible stuff, Adam and Eve have just been tricked by the serpent and have eaten of the forbidden fruit; God is now come looking to have a chat and our two friends—as Ricky might put it to Lucy—got some ‘splainin’ to do. My favorite part of the text is right about in the middle: the two are busted and what does Adam do when he’s called out?—he blames God and Eve both. Say what you want but Scripture’s nothing if not insightful.

And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: 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.

 

 

 

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