When David was young, Saul was king in Israel. However, Saul became disobedient
and lost Jehovah’s favor. Jehovah then directed Samuel to anoint David to be Israel’s next king. (1 Sam.
16:11, 13) As time went by, Jehovah proved to be with David. Jehovah
helped him to conquer the Philistine giant Goliath. However, Jehovah’s blessing
on David made Saul jealous, and he grew to hate David. Eventually, because of
Saul’s continued efforts to capture and kill him, David fled. (1 Sam.
18:11; 19:9, 10) On his way to the border of Israel, David stopped at the city of Nob, where the high priest gave David
and his men some food. In anger, Saul had all the city’s inhabitants, including
85 priests, killed.—1 Sam. 21:1, 2; , 13, 18, 19; Matt. 12:3, 4. w07 3/1 1:4-6
14 The LORD God said to the serpent,
"Because you have done this, Cursed are you more than all cattle, And
more than every beast of the field; On your belly you will go, And dust R72 you will eat All the days of
your life; 15 And I will put enmity R73 Between you and the woman, And
between your seed and her seed; He R74 shall bruise F63 you on the head, And you shall
bruise him on the heel."
3  He will strike . . .
at his heel: since the antecedent for he and his is the collective noun
offspring, i.e., all the descendants of the woman, a more exact rendering of
the sacred writer's words would be, "They will strike . . . at their
heels." However, later theology saw in this passage more than unending
hostility between snakes and men. The serpent was regarded as the devil (Wisdom 2:24;
whose eventual defeat seems implied in the contrast between head and heel.
Because "the Son of God appeared that he might destroy the works of the
John 3:8), the passage can be understood as the first promise of a
Redeemer for fallen mankind. The woman's offspring then is primarily Jesus
27And the word of Jehovah continued to occur to me, saying: 2 “And
as for you, O son of man, raise up concerning Tyre a dirge,
Jehovah has offered us something
that no one else can offer. It is something immensely appealing and precious,
yet it can be neither purchased nor earned. What he offers is the gift of
everlasting life. (John 3:16) Jehovah looks forward to the time when he will
establish Paradise on earth. After all, he is a lover
of righteousness and justice. (Ps. 33:5) It gives him no pleasure to gaze upon
a world indifferent or hostile to his righteous principles, a world that spurns
his authority and abuses his people. Yet, there are good reasons why he has not
yet acted to remove Satan’s wicked system of things. Those reasons have to do
with moral issues involving his sovereignty. In settling these issues, Jehovah
displays a particularly appealing quality, a quality that many today
lack—patience. w2/1/06 1, 2