Thursday, June 19, 2014

           ~ How God Deals With the Devil ~
By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
    It was not God's will that the human race would be afflicted with sickness, disease and death ever since the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden! Regretfully, that is the sad scenario of where we are today!
     God, however, made a Healing Covenant with the nation of Israel which He chose for His own people. It was simple: 'Turn from paganism, reject Satan the god of this world, and if you will worship Me and serve Me, I will take sickness away from the midst of you.
    Not only will I bless you but I will protect you so that the plagues that are afflicting the pagan will not touch you'.                          
                           GOD'S HEALING COVENANT!
     Here are the official words of the Covenant that Moses made with the Lord on their behalf:
    “If thou will diligently hearken to the VOICE of the Lord thy God, and will do that which is right in His sight, and will give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee which I brought upon the Egyptians. For I am the Lord that HEALETH thee.” (Exodus15: 26, 27)
     Furthermore, He promised to provide sustenance for them: “Thou shall not bow down to their gods nor serve them, nor do after their work: but thou shall utterly overthrow them. And quite break down their images.
     “And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and He shall bless thy bread and thy water, and I will take SICKNESS away from the midst of thee.” Ex. 23: 24, 25)
     When they SINNED and broke His commandments, bad things happened, like when they were bitten by snakes. They confessed their sins and begged Moses to pray for them. God instructed Moses: 
      "Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: And it shall come to pass, that everyone that is bitten, when he looks upon it shall live.
    "And Moses made a serpent of brass and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the (dead) serpent of brass, he lived."(Numbers 21: 4-9)
     A dead serpent could not kill them! Why did God instruct Moses to use such an object lesson to heal them? He went back to the Garden of Eden and His stern Word to the serpent that Satan used to tempt Eve:
     "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; It shall bruise (crush) thy head and thou shall bruise his heel." (Gen.3: 15)
                      LOOK TO JESUS CHRIST & LIVE!
      Almighty God informed the Devil who had possessed the snake, that he would be utterly defeated. God declared that the DELIVERER would be born from the SEED of the woman, who would crush his head. In that battle, however, he would bruise the Deliverer's heel.
     This was a DIRECT prophecy of the virgin birth of Jesus Christ (the Deliverer) and the victory He would have over Satan by rising from the dead! The bruising of His heel was His death on the cross which resulted in a temporary bruising only, because of His glorious resurrection!
      In theology, we call both of these great truths 'the law of the first mention': the SEED of the woman (not the seed of a man) and the Coming of the DELIVERER, Who would crush Satan's head!
     Can you imagine the fear and trepidation Satan must have felt as he was constantly wondering when the Deliverer would be born. He knew the Holy Scriptures that stated the God-Man, Christ the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem.
     Satan stirred up King Herod to kill all the male babies two years and under, but God outsmarted him. He wanted Jesus dead but not on the cross. Stoning or being pushed over the brow of a Hill would have suited the Devil. His worst fears were realized, when Jesus Christ died on the Cross!
      JESUS said: "And as MOSES lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up." (John 3:14) Our Lord was referring back to Numbers 21 and further back to Gen 3:15, declaring that His death on the Cross would bring healing and eternal life to ALL who looked to Him. 
       His vicarious death on the cross would satisfy the demands of Divine Justice in paying for all the sins of humanity back to Adam's fall, for all who would appropriate His promise by FAITH! Hallelujah.
                             JESUS DESTROYED THE DEVIL!
The Bible says: "For as much then, as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part in the same; that through DEATH He might DESTROY
 him that had the power of death that is the DEVIL and  DELIVER them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage." (Heb.2: 14, 15)
    "He that commits sin is of the devil; for the devil sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested that He might DESTROY the works of the devil." (1 John 3: 8) 
    "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power Who went about doing good and HEALING all who were oppressed of the Devil, for God was with Him." (Acts 10: 38)
    ST. PAUL wrote: "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant (slave), and was made in the likeness of men:
     "And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the DEATH of the CROSS.
      "Wherefore God hath Highly exalted Him and given Him a name which is above every name: That at the Name of JESUS every knee should bow of things in Heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Phil.2: 5-11) 
    Jesus said: "Ye shall know the TRUTH and the  truth shall make you FREE." (John 10: 10); "Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me: or else believe Me for the very works' sake.
    "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me the works that I do shall ye do also and greater works shall he do because I go unto My Father (and will send the Holy Spirit).
     And whatsoever ye shall ask in My name that WILL I DO, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ASK anything in My name, I WILL DO IT. (John 14: 11-14)