“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 Serpent is possessed with a relentless passion to destroy The Child. He has sought to thwart the purposes of God by corrupting the hearts of men and turning nations against the people through whom The Child would come — Israel. And so Egypt joins in with the Serpent and enslaves the Israelites in bondage.
After many long years of suffering, the day comes when news is announced that a Savior has been born in Egypt; a Deliverer who will set them free from their slavery. How does The Serpent respond? He stirs the dark heart of Pharoah to issue a decree that all the baby boys be slaughtered. By killing them all, he will surely kill the One.
But God rescued Moses from the death sentence and thereby gave Israel their Deliverer, and gave the World a staggering demonstrating of His power to keep His promise. While Moses was not The Child, he nevertheless served as a prototype of the Coming Savior.
Fast forward through the ages to Bethlehem, where The Child was indeed born, and we see The Serpent at it once more. The wicked Herod, influenced by The Serpent, issues an order that all baby boys be slaughtered. But The Child was carried to safety into Egypt, and then returned to Nazareth – where He would safely grow into manhood.
The Serpent must’ve imagined he had surely slain the Child, but became alarmed years later when he heard The Voice say, “This is My Beloved Son” — as the adult Jesus stood in the Jordan, baptized by John. We know that from that moment forward Satan was constantly seeking occasion to ensnare Him, beginning with the temptations in the wilderness.
He knows this is the One, and that some sort of epic battle is imminent — the outcome of which has been predetermined by God. The Serpent’s head will be crushed. Therefore The Child must die. This is why The Serpent stirred the leaders to turn against The Child and crucify Him.
Yet, for all his cunning, The Serpent did not know that the death of The Child would be the moment when God would crush The Serpent’s head. I emphasize the word for it refers to the authority and rule of The Serpent. The Child’s crucifixion would bring an end to The Serpent’s kingdom and power!
We will discuss this in detail as we unfold this great drama, but for now let’s ask a question — “What is The Serpent trying to do?”