Rejoice! The Devil is Defeated! The Purpose of the Incarnation, Part 3

December 18, 2013 | by Pastor Jim Harrison

…the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.  1 John 3:8

 The devil has sinned from the beginning.  The devil has sought to thwart God’s redemptive work from the beginning.  The devil was there in the garden working to usurp the place of God and to bring death and sin into God’s good creation.  And right there at the beginning, when man had succumbed to the devil’s scheme, when man fell into disobedience and death, the promise came. 

                I will put enmity

Between you and the woman,

And between your seed and her seed;

He shall bruise you on the head,

And you shall bruise him on the heel.  Gen. 3:15

And God’s people waited…

Through expulsion from the garden, God’s people waited…

Through murder and family division, God’s people waited…

Through famine and natural disaster, God’s people waited…

Through slavery and wandering, God’s people waited…

Through war and political corruption, God’s people waited…

God’s people waited for the fulfillment of the promise.  They waited for the head of the serpent to be crushed, and his works to be destroyed.

They waited….and in the fullness of time God sent His Son, the promised seed of the woman, to fulfill the promise, and the works of the devil were destroyed.  This is the purpose for which He came.  This is the purpose of the incarnation.

 The Son of God appeared for this purpose, and the Son of God has accomplished this purpose.  The promise made at the beginning is fulfilled, and will be fulfilled in the end, when not only his works, but the devil himself will be destroyed, being cast into the lake of fire and brimstone (Rev. 20:10).

Merry Christmas.  The devil is defeated!

3 Comments

  1. Craig Truglia

    I not long ago took the plainer, mainstream Jewish interpretation of the passage (the protevangelium is simply about the enmity between men and snakes and not a protevangelium at all). However, knowledge of the Septuagint and Hebrew does not allow this reading.

    The word “seed” is most decidedly used in the singular sense. Now, exactly what the serpent’s singular seed is, I cannot say.

    Concerning the protevangelium:

    “However, the rendering “he” has also some very ancient and
    venerable support. The Septuagint chose that word (Greek:
    autos)… Since ‘zerac,’ (“seed”) whether taken as “community,” “race,” or as “offspring,” involves a plurality, the translation “they” can certainly be defended. It need not detract from the broadly messianic understanding of the passage, though the Septuagint rendering would clearly make this understanding much more explicit.

    It is possible, of course, that the choice of the plural pronoun “they” in some of the modern versions proceeds from a view which is incompatible with the understanding of this passage as a protevangelium… [However,] [e]ven the NEB, which chooses to use “they,” cannot get around the reference to “your head” and “you,” both singulars, when spoken of the serpent. In other words, it is the head of the serpent, not that of his ‘zerac,’ which is in view here. And again, it is the serpent, not his ‘zerac, which will “bruise” the heel
    of the woman’s ‘zerac.’ Another thing of importance to note at this point is the fact that the Hebrew, by using the independent personal pronoun hu’, thereby kept the verb forms of “to bruise” in the singular.”
    http://faculty.gordon.edu/hu/bi/ted_hildebrandt/otesources/01-genesis/text/articles-books/woudstra_gen3_15_ctj.pdf

  2. a most beautiful message this Christmas season just past
    I identify with God’s people – waiting –
    seeing the Jewish nation’s journey over time as God’s covenant people,
    with an understanding that it is a picture of an internal journey over one life, mine for sure,
    but not only mine –
    waiting for Him to come again for the final battle beyond which there will be everlasting peace and joy for a believer, one of many of the tribe of Judah in Him, with no more tears, only awe full worship of one captured by the Lamb, the Lion of the tribe of Judah
    Come Lord Jesus
    thanks, Pastor

  3. We need more posts for pastor!

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