Later on God remembered His promise to Abraham that, through his (Abraham’s) seed shall all nations be blessed. This was contained in a message to Abraham after he had passed the test of God to sacrifice his only son Isaac. The Angel of the Lord spoke thus:
(15) "And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, (16) And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: (17) That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; (18) And in THY SEED shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.” GEN.22:15-18
This message was true reflections on our Lord Jesus Christ, that through Him shall all nations have salvation; and Apostle Paul has this to say:
"Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.” GAL.3:16
So by this promise the Lord revealed something to the prophet Isaiah which he also proclaimed in his prophecy to the world concerning the coming into the world of the promised Messiah to climax the inclusion of the gentiles in the salvation process.
(1)"NEVERTHELESS the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations.(2) The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.” ISAI.9:1,2
But when the time came for the fulfillment of God’s prophecy concerning the birth of Jesus Christ to the l
ost world, the arch-enemy, the red dragon, knowing the deity of Christ, tried every possible means to block this great opportunity. By the grace of God all the weapons Satan applied failed him completely, and the Messiah was born.
"………….and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born” REV.12:4
Let us consider how the enemy attempted this serious murder of our beloved Saviour of the world. Satan wanted to use the then King Herod to kill the infant Jesus immediately after He was born: But the Omniscient God made their attempted plan a fiasco. Because of the plot to do away with the infant Jesus, many innocent children died in his stead.
(1) "Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, (2) Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. (3) When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him……………..(11) And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold and frankincense, and myrrh. (12) And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way. (13) And when they were departed, behold the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.(14) When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: (15) And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, out of Egypt have I called my son. (16) Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men……….(19) But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, (20)Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life. (21) And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.” MATT.2:1-3,11-16,19-21.
Notwithstanding all this, Satan himself appeared personally to Jesus to make him forfeit the power that would make Him able to carry on His gospel work successfully. He tempted Christ at the time He was fasting. But the Messiah, being master Himself and Lord of Lords, triumphed over Satan and all his angels because of His awareness of Satan’s tricks.
(1)"Then was Jesus, led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. (2) And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred………..(10) Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. (11) Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him. MATT.4:1,2,10,11.
Christ knows Satan as a thief whose purpose is to steal and destroy His people, so on several times He warned us during His gospel messages to the world at large, and taught us the way we could overcome Satan in order to achieve the inheritance the Lord has promised the world. He sometimes used parables to expose the devil. This is because Jesus knew Satan’s fury against this dark world before He even came to this world. It is to this end that God sent His only begotten Son to this world to come and destroy the works of the devil. (JN.3:16; 1JN.3:8) Some of these parables could be read from the book of Matthew where Satan’s plot to mingle the good gospel with bad nuts was exposed by the Lord Jesus Christ.
(24) "Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: (25) But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. (26) But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. ………….(36) Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. (37) He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the son of man; (38) The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; (39) The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. (40) As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. MATT.13:24-26,36-40
Others like that of LK.16:19-31 were illustrated with real examples just to inform us of God’s sure promise and to unveil Satan’s tricks to deny us of the promise of inheritance .It is in view of all these provisions, that God made Christ’s mission to this world successful (JN.17:4), and also made Him conquer the arch-enemy and his troops openly, out of their own ignorance about what could defeat them.
"And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” COL. 2:15
"Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” 1COR.2:8
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