NORMAN — The devil got his foot in the door immediately.
Eve listened to his lies, disobeyed God and Adam followed suit. Death is ushered into our world. Murder quickly ensued (Cain slew Abel).
By Noah’s time, God repented that he had even created man, so He destroyed the earth and man with the flood.
But it wasn’t long after that that men set out to reach the heavens with a tower, so God had to confound their language. God reached out to His people again and acted to deliver them from slavery in Egypt.
He performed miracles to save them. He sent manna to feed them. But they complained vociferously. Even while He showed Himself to Moses on the mountain and gave a law for His people, they were at the foot of the mountain crafting false gods. A law was given that they couldn’t keep completely.
The devil was relishing all of this, having his way with mankind.
Judges were introduced to benefit God’s people, but they were not good enough for them. Israel wanted a king. So they got what they (and the devil) wanted. God’s people forgot Him over and over, time and again.
God tried reaching them, God punished them — all to no avail. Yet He wouldn’t give up on them. He had one prophet after another speak of a Messiah that would come. They waited. And waited. And waited some more.
Then the Messiah came. Regardless, King Herod and all Jerusalem were troubled when they learned of Jesus’ birth, so Herod tried killing him at the very outset. The devil himself got in Jesus’ face and tempted Him.
The religious leaders of the day, His own Jewish brethren, tried to entrap Jesus and make Him look bad. They envied Him and sought to destroy Him. Rome feared Him and would just as soon He went away.
Judas betrayed Him; Peter denied Him. He was mocked and lied about. Jesus was sentenced to death for nothing He had done wrong, and a convicted and notable criminal was let go to ensure Jesus was crucified. God’s sinless and perfect Son was hung on a cross surrounded by common thieves.
The devil had everything going according to plan, he had to think. Sin ruled. Surely God would send a flood to wipe man away again.
And God sent a flood, all right — but by His love, he chose to flood the world with grace, and that through Jesus’ death, burial and His resurrection three days later.
“But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” — Romans 5:20-21
The devil lost. Love won. That’s the good news, the gospel of Jesus Christ our Lord.
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