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delightED: The Glory of the Woman’s Seed
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The word protevangelium is used to describe the earliest announcement of the gospel in the Bible. It is derived from the Greek protos, which means first and from the Latin evangelium, or “evangel.” It is the good news announcing that a woman would have the honor of bringing a Savior into the world. The glad tidings concerning the woman’s seed were given to Adam and Eve as God pronounced ultimate doom upon Satan. “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel.” (Genesis 3:15) Through the promised seed of the woman, the world was given a living hope of salvation and blessing.

In the fullness of time, the virgin from Nazareth was chosen as the honored vessel who would carry and deliver that precious seed that would crush the serpent’s head and bring God’s salvation and blessing into the world. In this, Mary became an apt picture of the church as the instrument of the Life of God. What was Mary’s contribution to the world? She gave Christ to the world! How did she do that? She gave God permission to allow the Holy Spirit to form Christ in her. The Christ that was planted in her gradually developed, and in the fullness of time, she delivered Him to the world. This is now the high mission of the church and the privilege of every willing Christian. By the Spirit of the Living God, Christ is formed in us. Eventually His life is developed in us, and we, like Mary, deliver Him to the world. This is the heart of evangelism and missions. Although the principle may be applied to every Christian, the privilege was first entrusted to the woman. She would be honored to bless the world by releasing the Divine Seed.

We celebrate the wonderful ministry of the women of Homecoming as they identify with the glad songs of Eve, Miriam, Deborah, Hannah, Elizabeth, Mary and other Bible saints who have had their part in singing of Him and His salvation. It is not the women we praise. It is the Seed of the women!

We must step back and humbly acknowledge the high honor the Lord first bestowed upon women. The John in every Elizabeth leaps for joy in the presence of the Christ in every Mary.