Jesus is gonna crush your head, Satan. . . Jesus, not Moses.

In Genesis 3:15, God spoke the first prophesy of the Messiah when He told the serpent, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. He will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”

This prophesy reveals God’s plan to redeem and save mankind through the coming of “the seed of a woman.” A person powerful and perfect enough to crush the head of Satan. Of course that man has since come; He was born in Bethlehem, and His name was Jesus.

The solution to the problem was NOT the giving of the Law to Moses. Jesus is the Messiah, not Moses. God did NOT say that the head of Satan would be crushed by a life of obedience to the 613 laws given to Moses and the children of Israel.

And yet the Christian world is obsessed with obedience to what is good and repentance from what is evil. . . . Okay. I get that. It is totally understandable — especially since God Himself ‘gave’ the Law to Moses, but that is a different topic covered in different blog posts.

I just think it is really interesting that despite the clear prophesy of Genesis 3:15 telling us that JESUS is the Savior, many of us get sucked into legalism, nonetheless. We essentially make Moses the Savior, believing that obedience to the Law will restore us to perfection. Silly, huh? The majority of Christians are looking to themselves and to their “commitment” and their “works” to attain perfection.

I really want to emphasize the point that God did not prophesy the giving of the LAW of Moses in Genesis 3:15. He did not say that the head of Satan would be crushed once humanity was finally given the perfect definition of good and evil. In fact, if we stop and think about it, perhaps it could be argued that the giving of the law and commandments was an afterthought. . . . You know? As if God gave the 613 commandments to Moses because we are so enamored with ourselves and our own self effort.

Jesus the Messiah is the fulfillment of the prophesy of Genesis 3:15. It was He who solved the problem created by Adam and Eve; it was Jesus whose death, burial and resurrection solved the problem once and for all. The solution was found in the restoration of the Holy Spirit to dwell within men and women. “Restoration” as in “restored” because the actual Spirit of God had dwelt within Adam and Eve when God “breathed life” into them. God’s Spirit had departed from Adam and Even when they rejected God and chose to believe the lie of the serpent, a.k.a., Satan.

Genesis 3:15 predicts the death of Jesus by saying that His heel will be bruised. Having your heel bruised is not really a big deal compared with having your head crushed. Though Satan was able to “strike the heel” of Jesus through His death, essentially, the head of Satan was crushed when Jesus rose from the dead, a momentous event that solved both problems that occurred in the Garden of Eden: sin and death. It is by putting our trust in this accomplishment — the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ — that a person can be saved from hell and reconciled to their God by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

The gospel message — the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah — has the power to redeem and save humanity. When we hear the gospel and respond with faith, God comes to live inside of us again. Just as Adam and Eve were indwelt by God; we are restored.

Have you believed in the gospel? If not, you still have the opportunity to have the Spirit of God dwelling inside of you.

Trusting in the message of good news is what saves you. The solution to the problem (created in Genesis 3) is not obedience to the Law, obedience to a list of commandments. That is NOT the solution that God promised to Adam and Eve. He promised JESUS. Not Moses.

Turn your eyes upon jesus

Many of you are still healing from the trauma that institutionalized religion created in your lives. Maybe you just can’t read your Bible right now, or can’t listen to Christian music, or you must avoid your ex-church friends . . . Allow the Lord to lead you, guide you and HEAL you. He’ll bring you back to those things in His timing.

It took me around 12 years of growing in grace before I could really delight in Christian music again. It took that long to recover from the false “praise and worship” methodology that American non-denominational churches impose on their members.

TRUE praise and worship is to live a life of trusting in and resting in the finished work of Jesus Christ. And as He fellowships with us, He may actually speak to you through music! 

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He’s done this with me twice recently.

Last night, unable to sleep, feeling anxious and uptight, He suddenly spoke to me by “dropping” this song in my brain. It was exactly what I needed to hear!  He is such a wonderful friend. 

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O soul are you weary and troubled
No light in the darkness you see
There’s light for a look at the Savior
And life more abundant and free

Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there
Over us sin no more hath dominion
For more than conquerors we are

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus (Lyric Video) - Lauren Daigle - YouTube

God’s Righteousness

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I was told once that Christians can be divided into three groups:  Modern-day Pharisees, Christian Eeyores, and lastly, the Grace Community.  And I was told that I was the modern-day Pharisee type.  A lot of you were as well.  You know, the really annoying, judgmental, legalistic type?

 

But, c’mon, unless you used to be an Ultra-Orthodox Jew, you were nothing like a Pharisee. Neither was I.

 

The Pharisees were hard-core religious zealots who devoted every minute of their lives to being righteous; they were sincere and serious. Their zeal was based on the Laws that God spoke to Moses.

 

“For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge.” Romans 10:2

 

Not according to knowledge?

 

The apostle Paul goes on to explain in Romans 10 that their religious practices were “their own” attempts at righteousness, and had nothing to do with God’s.

 

Yes, God gave the Law to Moses, but He did not give it so that it would lead us to Him.  To a life of faith, of reality.  The Law was given to increase the knowledge of sin and to lead us to despair and to the feet of the Lord God. (Romans 5:20)

 

So, if you desire righteousness and holiness, your efforts at being ‘good’ will not succeed. The Bible is so clear.  Again and again we are told that, to be righteous in God’s eyes, you must have FAITH.  Before Jesus came, one had faith in God and the words He spoke to one’s heart.  After Jesus came, one puts their faith in the death, burial, and resurrection.  It is THAT that spells out the good news, the gospel; it is that that saves a soul from hell.

 

Paul calls the gospel “the word of faith.”  The gospel is “the word of faith” because it has to do with assenting to what God reveals to your heart, it is about saying yes, having faith, and telling God, “yes, I believe that Jesus is Lord and that God raised Him from the dead.”

 

The Christian life is a life of faith.  “From faith to faith,” as it is written.  We are saved through faith by grace, and then we grow to know Jesus through faith by grace.

 

Faith is the noun form of the verb “to believe.”  Faith is about trusting God.  It’s about        believing Him. You trust Him for salvation and you continue to trust Him every day afterwards.

 

. . . yet with most of us, there was a slight detour into “works.”  For me, it was a 15 year detour.  Although we were not as serious and sincere as the Pharisees, we church addicts were still nonetheless trying to establish our own righteousness based on “law.”  Our lives were guided by rules and principles and standards (not by the Lord.)

 

But God brought me back to Himself.  He asked me to quit church, to give up my religious idols. To surrender my pride to Him. He asked me to stop TRYING to be righteous.

 

It’s great news because anyone can do this; the gospel applies to anyone and everyone!    God’s idea of righteousness is attainable.

 

We don’t have to be modern-day Pharisees to be righteous in God’s eyes.  I’m still blown away by that!  So, thanks for listening. 🙂

 

“Christ is the end of the Law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” Romans 10:4