“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)
The story begins in a Garden. A childless couple, having been beguiled by The Serpent to doubt and disobey God, are given a promise upon which hangs the hope of the whole world. A son will be born who will crush the Serpent’s head. The Child will indeed be wounded in the process, but will be victorious in the ultimate triumphant outcome.
Who is this Child?
Everybody wants to know. The couple wants to know, for they stand guilty in the Garden; separated from fellowship with the Voice of God. The world wants to know, for it now suffers under the weight of sin, and the sting of death. And, to be sure, The Serpent wants to know. For his demonic agenda is at stake; his head will be crushed.
The couple gives birth to their first son and name him Cain, saying, “We have gotten a man from the Lord.” Did they suppose that this was the one who would trample and defeat the Serpent? Perhaps. We do know The Serpent wasn’t going to stand idly by and watch it happen. Through subtle means he so corrupted Cain’s heart that the man ultimately murdered his brother, Abel; thereby in effect eliminating both men from being the “Promised One.”
As the story unfolds and the human family expands to millions of people, The Serpent can no longer trace the line by which this promised Champion would come. While he knows the Seed will come through the lineage of Abraham, he knows not the specific tribe or family. And so he sets his hatred upon the whole nation of Israel, and stirs other nations to hate them as well.
We will take a closer look into this tomorrow.