Summary: God meets our every need through the promised Messiah.
When we were in Jackson, MS, our pastor told us about his interactions with a young follower of Satan. After speaking with him several times, Pastor Mike asked him directly, “Is it because you hate Jesus Christ and love the devil that you worship him the way you do?”
Scott said, “Oh no, Pastor Ross. Don’t let anyone fool you. No one loves the master [meaning the devil]. It’s only fear that makes me follow him. I fear that his power is stronger than God’s, and when the final conflict comes at the end, I’d rather be on his side than on the side of Christ the loser. [He then began to tear up.] But no one loves the devil; you only serve him because you fear him.”
Even his own followers have no affection for him. There is a permanent and irreversible conflict between Satan and humanity, a hatred, what the Bible calls, enmity. It began with the first promise of God, a promise which protects us from the full consequences of sin and provides for a full and final redemption. Genesis 3 describes the beginning of promise.
[Read Genesis 3.14-15. Pray.]
Our God is a promise maker and the promise keeper. He began that work in Genesis by pledging a Messiah to separate us from Satan with an enmity which protects us from the power of evil one. God then weaves into the Bible a great string of promises looking forward to his Christ.
• In Exodus, the promise is a lamb slain so that death and destruction “Passover” the people of God.
• In Leviticus, the promise is a perfect high priest making sacrifices sufficient for forgiveness and effectual for sanctification
• In Numbers, the promise is lifted up in the wilderness, so that whoever believes in him may not die, but have eternal life.
• In Deuteronomy, the promise is the law spoken through one greater than Moses, and kept by him for the blessing of God’s people.
• In Joshua, the promise is God’s conqueror, fighting all his and our enemies to take the promised land
• In Judges, the promise is a lawgiver rescuing his people from the downward spiral of rebellion’s consequences
• In Ruth, the promise is a kinsmen redeemer, a husband who absorbs disgrace and marries the Gentiles into God’s family
• In Samuel, the promise is appointed by a perfect prophet, a king after God’s own heart, one who loves the Lord and leads with complete selflessness
• In Kings, the promise is the all-wise ruler who unites God’s people in both pure worship and holy living
• In Chronicles, the promise is a descendant of Adam through Seth, the omnipotent king who wisely prioritizes a heart of worship
• In Ezra/Nehemiah, the promise is a rebuilder of the city and temple of the Lord, in order that things that cannot be shaken may remain
• In Esther, the promise is the providence of God working all things together for the salvation of the Lord
• In Job, the promise is the righteous sufferer made perfect, now able to intercede for eternal salvation