Meditation for 05/17/2019
“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head and you will strike his heel.” (Genesis3:15)
This has been called the first gospel. Its good new is that the seed of the woman will crush the head of the serpent tempter. The woman referenced with the seed is that of Mary as she would carry the seed of Jesus.
The verse is messianic in principle, presenting a picture of the conflict which climaxed on the cross. The serpent imagery with Satan is clearly established in Rev. 12:9. The infliction of a fatal wound to the head points to the victory of Christ at the cross. Satan’s final defeat is revealed in Rev. 20:7-10.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Abba, You put events and people in motion, long before Jesus ever walked on this earth, to provide for us salvation and eternal life. Satan thought he would be victorious, but in reality he never has stood a change. He is a deceiver of the first order, but nothing he does can take us from You, unless we break away from you. Let us walk in love as You love; let us love others as You have loved us; let our love in action, allow others to see You through us. In Jesus name we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“True character is unveiled in misfortune.”
“And who is like your people Israel—the one nation on earth whose God went out to redeem a people for himself, and to make a name for yourself, and to perform great and awesome wonders by driving out nations from before your people, whom you redeemed from Egypt? You made your people Israel your very own forever, and you, O Lord, have become their God. Now you have been pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, O Lord, have blessed it, and it will be blessed forever.” (1st Chronicles 17:21-22, 27)
God chose and redeemed Israel to be His own people forever and to be their God. He chose to bless the house of David forever. It was through both that Jesus the Messiah was born. God’s work through Israel and the Davidic kingship were deliberate preparations for His work through Jesus.
Salvation, Preparation: (Isaiah 2:1-5)
The prophet Isaiah foresaw a day of universal peace among nations. Christians view this as a prophecy which can be completely fulfilled only through Jesus Christ the Lord. God was preparing the world for the salvation of humankind through the teaching of His inspired prophets.
Second Thought of the Day:
“And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. I will show wonders in the heavens and on he earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming the great and dreadful day of he Lord. And everyone who calls on the name of he Lord will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the Lord has said, among the survivors whom the Lord calls.” (Joel 2:28-32))
Joel foretold a time when God would pour out His Spirit upon all people. The world would be shaken, and everyone who called on the name of he Lord would be saved. Both Peter and Paul taught this prophecy was fulfilled in the coming of Christ and the outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost
The hope for an historical day of the Lord gradually took the shape of future, eschatological (end time) hope. Often the two were intertwined as in this passage. The prophecy found direct fulfillment at Pentecost, yet ultimate fulfillment awaits the end time, as expressed in the apocalyptic language of the passage.