Monday, March 7, 2016

+DEV+ Snakes Show Satan’s Defeat

Date: March 7, 2016 at 12:27 AM
Topic: +DEV+  Snakes Show Satan’s Defeat

Snakes Show Satan’s Defeat

"Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life." Genesis 3:14

Scripture Focus: Genesis 3:1-15

Snakes frequently get the award for creepiest animal. But actually they are often docile creatures. Before the curse they were considered truly beautiful. 

God's curse on the serpent seems random until you see it for what it is: a permanent object lesson. God had just dealt with man's fall from innocence. God knew that because of Adam's sin, a great cost would be paid to restore mankind and rescue His people from the punishment of death. 

The cursed serpent is a reminder that temptation can come even from beautiful things. But in verse 15 we already - in the very beginning of the Bible! - are given hope. God makes His first promise to send a Savior to buy back anyone who fell for the serpent's lies: "He [Jesus] will crush your [Satan's] head and you [Satan] will strike his [Jesus'] heel." This mysterious pronouncement means that although Satan would someday play a role in the death of Christ, the final outcome would be Jesus' resurrection, the destruction of Satan, and the redemption of all who believe in Jesus. 

Insight: NEXT time you see a snake slithering along, think of it as GOD'S sign that he has defeated SATAN and provided new life for you.

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