Theme of the Week: God’s Promises for All Times
Bible Verse: 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 3:15
Scripture Reading: John 19:16-30
I am cautious about saying anything or making promises to my three little children. They will never forget them and will hold me accountable to my word.
In times when we think that we have adjusted to the “new normal,” and yet it feels that we are still longing for more, there is no better place to anchor our souls than on God’s promises. This week, we will aim for that.
In his timeless devotional, The Promises of God, C.H. Spurgeon, begins by looking at this promise from Genesis 3:15:
This is the first promise to fallen humanity. It contains the whole gospel and the essence of the covenant of grace, God’s eternal plan to save his people. It has been in good measure fulfilled. The seed of the woman, who is our Lord Jesus, had his hell when his heel was bruised, and a terrible bruising it was. How much more terrible will be the final bruising of the serpent’s head!
This was mostly done when Jesus took away sin, vanquished death, and broke the power of Satan. But it awaits a still fuller accomplishment at our Lord’s second coming and in the day of judgment.
To us, the promise stands as a prophecy that we will be afflicted by the powers of evil in our bodily life, and thus bruised in our heel. But we will triumph in Christ, who sets his foot on the old serpent’s head.
Life can have many unexpected turns, temptations, spiritual attacks, but remember:
They may so bruise us that we are forced to limp with our sore heels. But let us grasp the second part of the text, and we will not be dismayed. By faith, let us rejoice that we will yet reign in Christ Jesus, the woman’s offspring.
Like little children, we must never forget his promises, and we must look to our Heavenly Father and take him at his word.
Taken from The Promises of God: A New Edition of the Classic Devotional Based on the English Standard Version by C. H. Spurgeon. Copyright ©2019 by Tim Chester. Used by permission of Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187, www.crossway.org
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