Advent 2021: Foreshadowing Advent by Reverend Sandra Shands-Strong
“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.”
4th Day of Advent
December 1, 2021
God's Response to the Fall of Man Serves As a Foreshadow of Advent
In Pastor’s Study, a question was raised or implied by Dr. Judy Fentress-Williams’ in her text, Holy Imagination: A Literary and Theological Introduction to the Whole Bible, that the so-called Fall of Man was not actually stated or validated in the Bible. While I pondered the thought, I began to ask questions of the text in Genesis 3: 14-19 and I found that God foreshadowed a need for intervention between the serpent’s seed and the woman’s seed in Genesis 3:14-15. I found that God invoked enmity as well as a remedy.
Hence, the ways and movements of God while mysterious, are yet, curiously ordered according to divine purpose. So, I am thankful to be able to ask questions of the text and to view an outcome associated with God’s movement. Therefore, God’s response to the fall of man in the beginning of creation serves as a foreshadow to the Season of Advent.
Father, thank you for giving us free will. Amen.
Reverend Sandra Shands-Strong
Lorraine Gillian Health Commission
Join us in a time of reflection, expectation, and contemplation during the season of Advent 2021.
Each day a new reflection with a scripture and prayer will be posted on the Metropolitan AME Church website and social media to encourage you to hear the words of those reflecting, anticipating, and contemplating with you in community as we thank God for what God has done, notice what God is actively doing and anticipate what God will do next.
Read along with us each day or download the book to read and write along with us offline.