Oct 06 Blog Topic: Baby Jesus’ Inheritance

BABY JESUS’ INHERITANCE
I recently started a This is Life Eternal Bible study group, and in the 1st week, our “bite” of the Bread of Life included Ecclesiastes, Psalms 8, 19, 65 and 77, and Genesis 1-11:9. When I read Gen.3:15, there was a reference to Romans 16:20. Paul says to the Roman Christians: “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.” God will eventually annihilate Satan -or “crush his head.” Satan will be allowed to kill Jesus, but it will only bruise His heel – it won’t be eternal death! I thought I finally understood Gen. 3:15 which had always seemed to elude me.
A movie spun into my mind – I saw a dragon (Rev. 12) pursuing the woman about to give birth to the Child. He wanted to destroy her and her Child! Satan has never given up since he was thrown out of heaven! Who knows how many times he approached Adam and Eve trying to get them to eat one specific tree in the lush and beautiful Garden of Eden? He knew that if Eve chose to believe him instead of God (“You shall not surely die,“ he said to Eve) it would give him an advantage in the struggle between good and evil. He would become the “owner” of this world. We see evidence of this in Matt.4:8 where he told Jesus that he would “give it all” to Him if He would only kneel down and worship him.
In the assignment for week # 2 we read the story of Abram. In Gen 12:7 it says: “Then the Lord appeared unto Abram and said, ‘I am going to give this land to your offspring.’ And Abram built an altar there to commemorate the Lord’s visit.” In the NLT, beside Gen. 12:7 there is a cross-reference to Gal. 3:16 which says: “God gave the promise to Abraham and his child. And notice that it doesn’t say the promise was to his children, as if it meant many descendants. But the promise was to his child–and that, of course, means Christ.”
Stay with me now! My mind whirled back to the Garden of Eden – was the same original Hebrew word used in both Gen. 3:15 and Gen 12:7 for “offspring” or “seed“?? Yes! Both places refer to a specific Child, not just successive generation after generation! But A CHILD.
I went back and read Gen. 3:15 with new understanding (italics emphasize identities) God is speaking: “From now on, you (the serpent, Satan) and the woman (Eve, true church) will be enemies, and your offspring (the wicked) and her offspring (Baby Jesus, the faithful) will be enemies. He (Baby Jesus) will crush your (the serpent, Satan) head, and you (Satan) will strike His (Baby Jesus) heel.”
The flashes of understanding that flooded my soul as I studied were:
1. In the Garden of Eden, God envisioned the blood line that would “in the fullness of time” produce “the” Seed, Baby Jesus. And He saw the thousands of years of tragedy that would result from the sin of Adam and Eve.
2. God covenanted (Gen. 12:7) to give the land of Canaan to Abraham’s seed. There must be a double meaning here, for God did work miracles to get the children of Israel to the promised land. But the eternal Kingdom of God will also be in the promised land. For God promised it to the Baby Jesus (Gal. 3:16), and His kingdom shall have no end!
3. For the past year, I have been struck with how many times scripture, especially the Psalms, refers to Jerusalem as the city God loves. Why did God love one particular city so much? Jesus wept over the wickedness of her inhabitants and the destruction the city was going to suffer. The fact is that this city and surrounding area was where the blood line of David continued even to the birth of the Child, and it was the City where, in the eternal plan of salvation, the Son of God would forever rule the universe!! Now I see! It was promised to the Baby Jesus!
When the sparkling New Jerusalem, inhabited by the redeemed who have been serving as judges for a millennium descends out of heaven (Rev. 21:2), it will come to rest where the Mount of Olives becomes a plain (Zech. 12). The city will be colossal compared to the earthly Jerusalem. It occurs to me that possibly the city, designed in a huge cube, will encompass the spot on the earth (Iraq!) located on the headwaters of the Tigris, Euphrates, Pishon and Gihon rivers (see Gen. 2:10,11) where God “placed” the Garden of Eden. As I contemplated this fact, a picture emerged in my mind: the Holy City, the bejeweled New Jerusalem, comes down from heaven and there, in a huge “atrium” is the lush Garden of Eden with the River of Life (Rev. 22:1,2) flowing through the city and the Tree of Life spanning the river, streets of gold, and…. Why, it could be the Central Park of the New Jerusalem!!! What a scene! We could fly over the City, descend into the park and walk along the crystal river and pick fruit from the Tree of Life before entering our “city” homes.
We can trust that God will fulfill every promise to the “max!” I want to be in the New Jerusalem!! It’s comforting to consider that Jesus Christ was willing to come to earth, and succeed in living a sinless life in spite of Satan‘s temptations, When He prayed “Let this cup pass from Me,” He so dreaded having to experience complete separation from His Father. In His humanness He struggled, begging to be relieved of this experience, until He finally said “Not My will but Thine be done.“ He is our Model, our Mentor. We need to understand that were it not for Christ’s victory over sin and death, we would face eternal EXTINCTION!
The same devil that taunted Jesus in Gethsemane still works to tempt and trick as many as possible into choosing to reject God and thus pay their own price for sin in eternal death. That way there will be less suffering for him to endure (see Luke 12:48 “But people who are not aware that they are doing wrong will be punished only lightly…”). There will be degrees of punishment! And God will eternally “crush Satan’s head.” (Gen 3:15) The confessed and forgiven sins of the righteous which have been covered by the blood of Christ will ultimately be placed squarely on Satan as the biblical sanctuary service portrays (Lev. 16:20-22). Whatever sins may “beset” us, let us pray for deliverance and cleansing and with prayer for the Holy Spirit’s guidance, read the powerful Word of God until we are changed into new people! The inclinations we all inherit from our ancestors keep us humble, and on our knees. Only God will know if earthly “perfection” occurs. When Jesus comes and gives us immortal bodies (I Cor.15), and we go to heaven for the millennium (Rev. 20:6), Satan will be bound to earth (Rev. 20:1-3) and temptations will be a thing of the past. Hallelujah! Amen!
I’m praying for those who come to this website. I want to issue a disclaimer. I am not a Greek or Hebrew or Aramaic scholar. But what I am is an honest seeker to know my Savior. And when God helps me to understand Bible truth more fully, I can’t resist sharing it!
I’m so excited that the Baby Jesus got an inheritance and that the promises made to Him are being fulfilled. When Jesus prayed for His disciples (John 17) he prayed for all who would believe on Him through the disciples’ ministry — that’s you and me. We are part of His inheritance! We will share the “promised land” with Him forever. And since we were created for His good pleasure (Rev.4:11), I know He is looking forward to having us there!

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