Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Promised Redeemer

14 So the Lord God said to the serpent:
“Because you have done this,
You are cursed more than all cattle,
And more than every beast of the field;
On your belly you shall go,
And you shall eat dust
All the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel.”
Genesis 3:14-15, NKJV 

Promised Redeemer

In Genesis 3 the story of the sin of Adam and Eve is revealed. In our last devotion, we discover that neither Adam nor Eve took the blame for their sin. Though what they said may have been true, God still held them each responsible for their own sin. Adam blamed Eve, and Eve blamed the serpent.

God then addressed each of them beginning with the serpent. Keep in mind that this is not just a creature of the earth. God knew that He was actually dealing with Satan himself. For it is Satan who entered the serpent and through the serpent spoke to Eve.

Again, one could say that it was not the serpent's fault, but even the serpent was cursed because of the sin of Adam and Eve. Indeed, it is not the fault of the creatures, or the plants, or the earth, itself, and yet all have been devastated by the fall of Adam and Eve.

How was the serpent affected? God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; on your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life." 

Yet God did not stop there, for then, He actually addressed Satan. "I will put enmity between you and woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel."

What exactly was God saying? The Seed of the Woman is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ. It is true that Satan would bruise the heel of Christ, but it was not a fatal blow. Even though Christ actually gave up His life on the cross, He was resurrected the third day and ascended into heaven where He now sits at the right hand of God making intercession for us. 

The Lord Jesus Christ, the Seed of the woman, would, however, bruise Satan's head. Though Satan is alive at this time wreaking havoc in God's creation and in the hearts of men, his days are numbered. Even now, Satan is a defeated enemy. The wound given to Him by Christ was a mortal wound. In the last day, when Christ returns to this earth, He will destroy, forever, Satan and all of his demons. Death will, at last, be defeated forever!

So here, already in the 3rd chapter of Genesis, we have the promised Redeemer who will come to this earth in the form of a man, born of a woman, who will save His people from their sins. Our Bibles are the complete story of this wondrous Savior. He was prophesied in the Old Testament Scriptures and came as the God-Man in the New Testament Scriptures.

Let us, by the grace of God, take the time to daily pour over God's Word. In it, we will find the whole plan of God revealed to His people. In Christ is all of our hope, all of our joy, all of our comfort, and yes, all of our life. In Him, we have everything we need for all eternity.

Though sin came into this world through Adam and Eve, God already had a plan in place to save a people for Himself. First revealed in Genesis 3:15, we find that Satan's plan failed. Though he attempted to destroy this perfect creation of God, God would, in the end, destroy Satan forever!

What an amazing God we serve!

God Bless You,
Linda

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