The First Promise

Bible:

The Lord God said to the serpent,

“Because you have done this,
cursed are you above all livestock
and above all beasts of the field;
on your belly you shall go,
and dust you shall eat
all the days of your life.
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.” Genesis 3:14-15 ESV

Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. Hebrews 2:14-15 ESV

Reflection:

Joanne had dropped the box with her china tea set in it, and the cookie platter had broken. She was very upset, because she loved her tea set. Her dad was really good at fixing things. He promised that he would be able to glue the pieces of the cookie platter together so well that no one would ever know it had been broken. Joanne knew her dad was able to fix it and waited for him to keep his promise.

When the man and woman sinned against God, their whole world broke apart. Death, sickness, sadness, and pain all came into their lives. The man and the woman were responsible for their sin, but it was the devil’s work to spoil God’s creation by tempting them to sin. Was everything broken beyond repair?

God spoke to the devil and told him that he would not be the winner. His words gave a wonderful promise to the man and the woman. He promised that a Savior would come into the world. He would be born from a woman, just like any baby. He would live life as a human being, and die, just as all people have to die. When he died, it would be as if a serpent had bit him in the heel. But with that same heel, he would crush the serpent’s head and destroy all the power of the devil.

We know that God kept his promise when he sent Jesus, our Savior. Jesus was God, but he was born like an ordinary baby, and lived like any human man. When he died on the cross, it might have seemed as if Satan had won. But by that same death Jesus crushed all the works of Satan. He rose from the dead to prove he was the winner. We are happy to put all our trust in what Jesus did for us.

Prayer:

Dear Jesus, thank you for coming and defeating the devil by dying on the cross for us. Help us to trust you always. Amen.

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