“The woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate.’
The LORD God said to the serpent, ‘Because you have done this…
I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head and you shall bruise his heel.”
From the very beginning, God points forward to the ultimate defeat of our deceiver. He does not hesitate to declare that this enemy of His people will lose…and to think that this declaration comes directly after such defiant rebellion on Adam and Eve’s part leaves me speechless at this evidence of God’s grace.
God did not forsake us in our sin; He provided a way of redemption. A way to make things right, to repair the vast damage we had done – to ourselves and to all the world around us. Even then, God knew what that redemption would cost. And He did not hesitate to declare it accomplished.
As we read over these Scriptures, let us thank our God for His grace. That even from this first offense, which broke fellowship with Him, He looked to the deceiver and foretold his ultimate defeat.
God stood as our Champion that day. He stands as our Champion now.
“All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all…
Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied;
by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
make many to be accounted righteous,
and he shall bear their iniquities.”
Isaiah 53:6, 11
“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly…
God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 5:6, 8
“So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them…
After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), ‘I thirst.’…
When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, ‘It is finished,’ and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”
John 19:16b-18, 28-30
“Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died
—more than that, who was raised—
who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.”
“But [Stephen], full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God,
and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.
And he said, ‘Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.’”
“And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, ‘Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.’”
“And when the thousand years are ended,
Satan will be released from his prison and will come out to deceive the nations…to gather them for battle…
And they marched up over the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and beloved city,
but fire came down from heaven and consumed them,
and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire.”