“And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” (Genesis 3:15)
The Serpent will not succeed, and he knows it. Yet he goes on in his delusional craze as though somehow he just might pull it off.
Martin Luther perhaps said it best. “For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe; His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate, on earth is not his equal. Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing.”
But Christ our Lord stands in battle for us. And He will win.
Luther continues – “And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us, we will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us. The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him; his rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure — one little word shall fell him.”
The Serpent is not God. Nor is he free to do as he pleases. He is tethered to a leash and can only do what God permits him to do. The epic story of Job assures of of this.
Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. The Lord said to Satan, “From where have you come?”
Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.”
And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?”
Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for no reason? Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.”
And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your hand. Only against him do not stretch out your hand.” So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord. (see Job 1:6-12)
The Serpent was wrong. Job did notcurse God, but blessed Him. Despite the grim assault upon all that Job held dear, he concluded, “the Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
No doubt the Serpent slithered away, hissing, “Curses! Foiled again!”
But he did not cease in his efforts to murder The Child that was promised by God; The Child who would crush the Serpent’s head. As we fast forward through time to the night that Jesus was betrayed in Gethsemane, The Child watched as the Temple Guards made their way up the winding path to arrest Him, carrying swords and torches. Surely the spectacle of their approach must’ve looked like a fiery serpent slithering up the hillside in the dark of night.
Leading them up the hill was Judas, the Betrayer. And with a kiss he sealed his own fate. Ironically, he also sealed the fate of The Serpent!