Genesis 3:15—Arguments for the Messianic View

 

Why should this verse be understood as containing a promise of the future and what are the rudiments of the promise? Let me list the reasons for taking this as a promise of the future first, then we will examine each in order under the appropriate headings below. When we do so, the rudiments of Genesis 3:15 will become clear. Here are my reasons for believing that Genesis 3:15 is best understood as containing a promise of the future Messiah:

first, because of the structure of the curse contained in Genesis 3:15 and its resulting elements
second, because of the pattern of God displaying or revealing mercy in the midst of judgment. This would imply that the subsequent patterns have an antecedent precedent (i.e., Gen. 3:15).
third, because it best explains the irony of Genesis 3:15 (not a very strong argument but interesting to consider)
fourth, because the rest of the book of Genesis highlights male descendants who end up giving rise to a royal dynasty
fifth, because of the fact of and manner in which other Old Testament texts pick up the rudimentary concepts of Genesis 3:15 and further develop them
sixth, because of how the New Testament picks up the rudimentary concepts of Genesis 3:15 and sees them fulfilled in One male child born of a woman.