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 devilish plan.

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. 8:37). 


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