17 August, 2007
Satan's War Against the Seed of the Woman
On that distant day when God created man in His own image (Gen. 1:26),
that he might live forever and glorify His name, Satan resolved to
defeat His purpose. He quickly corrupted Adam and Eve, robbing
them of their immorality. God then promised that "the seed of the
woman would bruise the serpent's head..." (Gen.3:15). Satan,
undeterred, resolved to destroy the promised seed and thwart God's plan.
I. The case of righteous
Able. Satan incited his brother Cain to kill to kill his godly
brother (Gen. 4:1-8). God intervened and exiled Cain and his
family. Seth was then given to bear the promise (Gen. 4:25).
II. In Noah's day Satan
nearly succeeded. He corrupted the entire race, save for Noah and
his family (Gen. 6:5-6, 8). The wicked population was
destroyed with water, but God spared Noah and his family.
The promise was vouched safe to Shem.
III. The case of Jacob and
Esau. The promise was conferred on Jacob, the younger of the
twins. But Esau planned to kill Him (Gen.27:41). God
protected Jacob and brought him safely home.
IV. Years passed and the
Hebrews were reduced to servitude in Egypt. The
Pharaoh ordered the destruction of all the boys at birth. (Ex.
1:16). But God raised up Moses to deliver them. He arranged
for him to be sheltered and nourished in Pharaoh's own house. There he
was trained for his future mission. God rained destruction on the
Egyptians and delivered Israel. The seed was saved.
V. Nebuchadnezzar, king of
Babylon, defeated, destroyed and deported the Hebrew nation that bore
the seed. In captivity, God preserved, protected and purified his
people. Then he raised up the Persians to free them and restore
them to their homeland.
VI. Haman the Agagite,
counselor to the King of Persia, wanted to exterminate the entire
Jewish nation (Esth. 9:24). His well-laid plan seemed
unstoppable. But God raised up Esther to save them. Haman
and his sons were hung on the gallows he had prepared for Mordecai the
Jew (Esth 9:13).
VII. Antiochus Epiphanes
(175-164), king of Syria, attacked the Hebrews and sought to destroy
their religion and bring them under his idolatrous system. He burned
their Scripture, he defiled their temple, and destroyed their
synagogues. He forbade the practice of their sacred rites.
But God raised up the Maccabean brothers to defeat his
VIII. Finally, Mary
gave birth to the promised seed . Her son, Jesus, would save the people
from their sins (Matt. 1:21). Satan moved evil King Herod the
Great to attempt to destroy the babe (Matt. 2:13-16). When his plan was
spoiled he slaughtered all the babes of Bethlehem. But the seed was
secreted to Egypt until Herod's death. In Nazareth, Jesus grew to
manhood. This is vividly depicted in Revelation 12:1-5 where the great
dragon waited to devour her child.
IX. The murder of Jesus was
the darkest chapter in human history. Satan succeeded in making
the chosen people reject their savior and demand his death (John
19:7). They wanted, not just his death, but the most
painful, degrading and humiliating death known to men. When Christ was
lift up on the cross, the Evil One thought his greatest victory had
been won. But Jesus had foretold, that if he were lifted up (like
a banner on the pole) he would draw all men unto him (John
12:32). Although they took every precaution to assure that he
would not escape his tomb, on the third day it was found empty. He was
gone! The Roman guards kept his disciples from taking his
body. The last thing his enemies wanted was for his body to go
missing. God had raised him just as he had promised (Matt. 16:21).
Redemption was accomplished. Satan was fallen like a star from the
heavens (Luke 10:18).
X. Today this great war
continues with the Devil raging against Christ's church, his
people. Satan's seed are those who knowingly and willingly set
themselves at enmity with Christ and his church (John 8:44).
God's seed abideth in Christ's faithful followers. Those who do
not his righteousness are the children of the devil (I John 3:9-10).
No matter how fierce the struggle, we are not discouraged since "the
God of peace shall bruise Satan under (our) feet shortly" (Rom. 16:20)
and we will be" more than conquerors through him that loved us (Rom.
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