The wicked are Satan's seed.
When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden, GOD issued the following punishments to all involved:
13 So the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” 14 Thus the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all cattle, and more than all the wild animals of the earth. On your breast and belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life. 15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. He shall bruise your head, and you shall be on guard for His heel.”
(Genesis 3:13-15 OSB)
Seed is a reference to offspring or descendants.
We are quite familiar with human descendants of Eve because we are one. But have you ever thought about Satan having descendants?
GOD said there would be enmity between Eve's descendants and Satan's descendants.
But who are Satan's descendants, exactly?
In short, since Satan invented sin and became completely wicked, all who follow in Satan's pathway of evil become Satan's descendants.
Satan's seed includes wicked:
- Heavenly beings (ex: angels that became demons), and ...
- Unrepentant humans (those who walk in the pathway of evil).
In the first century A.D., Jesus rebuked the wicked religious Jewish leaders, saying:
44 You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he tells a lie, he speaks from his own nature, because he is a liar and the father of lies.
(John 8:44 NASB)
Whether a person is a seed of the woman or of the devil is determined by that person's life. Did they walk with GOD, albeit imperfectly? Or did they walk according to the evil desires of their flesh, making them a child of Satan?
This "seed" principle is critical to understanding the Bible's message. While there are times where GOD made promises based on physical lineage, GOD's promises often had to do with good versus evil, faith versus faithlessness.
We will return to this concept in subsequent principles.