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.

Written November 28, 2021

But Lord, I don’t want to quit church!

Have you ever been fully devoted to your religion?  Did you love going to church, mass, mosque or to temple?  Were you in love with the personal elevation that your commitment provided?

Did God begin to tug at your heart and say, “Let it go”?

And then did you reply as did Peter, “Not so, Lord!”?  . . . But eventually you surrendered to Him?

If you once depended on the acceptance that you received from others at church, and the purpose that your obedience to your religion gave you, and if you have walked away . . .  then you are a rare specimen whom I’d like to meet (leave a comment below!), just like Suzette once did.

Suzette left a comment on one of my blog posts this summer, and from there an email correspondence began.  Two weeks later, in August 2017, despite the fact that our homes are 1,200 miles apart, we were able to meet in person!  While traveling to a family wedding, my three teenagers and I needed to wait around the Sacramento airport for a few hours before my husband’s arrival.  Turns out it was Suzette’s day off of work.  As my kids sat and stared at their phones, I got to meet my new sister in Christ and fellowship with her amidst all the Baggage Claim carousels.  🙂

Despite the groovy God-oincidence that allowed us to meet face-to-face, what has actually bonded our friendship is our shared experience with being die-hard legalists.

We didn’t burn out, we were pulled out of Church by God’s direction.

Having been set free for ten years now, I have come to realize that people like Suzette and I are unique.  It seems that most people tire of their Churchianity slowly, like the fire from a candle that has been burning for hours and slowly extinguishes itself.

Suzette and I, on the other hand, were more like a firework that was sparkling and alive one minute, and then completely gone the next.  As a Bible Study leader once told me, “Oh!  You were a modern-day-Pharisee.  That’s pretty rare!”

Of course, that wasn’t true.  Nobody has ever come close to the ambitious zeal of the Pharisees.

“For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.”  (Jesus’ words recorded in Matthew 5:20)

Anyway, the point I’m trying to make is that Suzette and I loved church.  Why?  It gave us an outlet for our religious pride!

We loved how much “better” we were compared to those lesser folks who didn’t work as hard.  We loved how good we were at obeying all of the rules.  We loved how important we were in the eyes of others.  We were convinced that we were “serving God,” and we loved that!  It’s gross, isn’t it!?  That is what the sin of religious pride feels like, and it sickens me to remember those times.  Obvioulsy we were totally deceived and in error, but nonetheless, the fact remains:  church energized us.

If you are in the same boat, and if God is tugging at your heart to quit church . . . please follow His leading.  Don’t be afraid.  If the Lord is leading you that way, say, Yes, Lord!

Jesus wants to set you free from the bondage of religion.  He wants to be your God, instead of church being your god.  Trust Him!  You won’t be disappointed.

You will no longer be wandering in the wilderness of Sinai; He will bring you into the New Covenant.  He will lead you right through the door which is Jesus Christ Himself, and He will plant you by the green pastures and still waters of the Promised Land of Rest.

Allow your legalism to kill you.  Whether it’s the rules of your denomination or the 613 Mosaic Laws themselves, allow the Law to kill you.

Paul said, “For through the Law I died to the Law, so that I might live to God.” Galatians 2:19

Believe the truth that you are completely forgiven, and that He now loves and accepts you on the basis of you being a new creation in Christ.

Allow the Law to kill you so that you might die to the Law and begin living in a close relationship with your God, the Lord Jesus Christ.  And if you’d like to hear more on this topic, please check out my blog:  Outside of Churchianity.

 

October 13, 2017

Jesus taught the Old Covenant

Jesus Christ taught the Old Covenant when He was here on earth.

When He was here on earth as the “Son of God” — which just means that God, who dwells in unapproachable light, reduced Himself and put on human flesh . . .

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”  John 1:14

. . . Okay, sorry, for the digression . . .

All right, when He was here on earth, Jesus the Son of God, taught the Old Covenant.  The Old Covenant is the ‘contract’ He entered into with the nation of Israel consisting of 613 commandments which they were to obey perfectly.  Jesus Christ taught and explained this covenant to its fullest degree. Why?

Because the New Covenant did not go into effect until after He died.

“In the case of a will, it is necessary to prove the death of the one who made it, because a will is in force only when somebody has died; it never takes effect while the one who made it is living. This is why even the first covenant was not put into effect without blood.”  Hebrews 9:16-18

So, we can see from Hebrews 9:16-18 that the New Covenant did not go into effect until after His death and resurrection.

Therefore, while He was living His 33 years as a human on this earth,  the Old Covenant was still in effect, and THAT is the covenant that He taught.  His ‘Sermon on the Mount’ (recorded in Matthew 5, 6, 7) is the epitome of His teaching; kind of like His Mission Statement.  Check it out if you haven’t read it recently.

In His Sermon on the Mount He told the crowd gathered around Him that if they wanted to be judged according to their works, their deeds, according to a system of good and evil, a system of right and wrong, then they would have to be PERFECT.

“Be perfect, therefore, as your Heavenly Father is perfect.”  Matthew 5:48

Jesus taught this way in order to finally — once and for all — end the argument that began in the Garden of Eden.  God said that He created mankind to live according to the Law of Life; Satan countered that mankind would be better off living according to the Law of Good versus Evil. (Genesis 2 and 3)

2,500 years later, roughly, God gave the Law to Moses, and the nation of Israel willingly and whole-heartedly entered into this covenant with God.

And then, 1,500 years after the ratification of the Old Covenant, Jesus Christ came to earth to fulfill the Law — to meet the demands of the Law.  He did this as an act of mercy since there was no way that we could possibly meet the demands ourselves.

When you read Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, you are reading the final and full explanation of the Law of Moses.  It’s not just, “Hey, let’s read these books to learn more about Jesus.”  But instead, “Hey, let’s seek and embrace and grasp the complete magnification of the Law, of the Old Covenant.”

There is so much confusion in the Christian world.  There are so many contradictions being espoused.  There is barely any clarity.  It doesn’t make sense to people.

Understanding that Jesus taught the Old Covenant is crucial to making sense of your Christian life.  The New Testament begins with the Book of Acts, not Matthew.

By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.  Hebrews 8:13

For more on this topic, please listen to this excellent series in the Sermon on the Mount produced by Living God Ministries . . .

And have a good day living in the New Covenant.

 

July 25, 2017