THOUGHT FOR TODAY FROM REV. GEORGE WHITEFIELD: (19TH CENTURY)
SUBJECT - Satan bruising heel of seed of woman and seed of woman bruising head of Satan.
“ This promise was literally fulfilled in the person of our Lord Jesus Christ. Satan bruised His heel when he tempted Him for forty days together in the wilderness; he bruised His heel when he raised up strong persecution against Him during the time of His public ministry, he in a especial manner bruised His heel when our LORD complained that His soul was exceeding sorrowful, even unto death, and He sweat great drops of blood falling upon the ground in the garden; he bruised His heel when he put it into the heart of Judas to betray Him; and he bruised Him yet most of all when his emissaries nailed Him to an accursed tree and our LORD cried out,
“ My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?"
“ Yet in all this the blessed Jesus, the seed of the woman, bruised Satan’s accursed head; for, in that He was tempted, He is able to succor (comfort) those that are tempted. By His stripes we are healed. The chastisement of our peace was upon Him. By dying, He destroyed him that had the power of death, that is, the devil. He thereby spoiled principalities and powers, and made a show of them openly, triumphing over them upon the cross. “
“ The Children of Israel, the more they were oppressed, the more they increased in Egypt. The torturer of the saints of years gone by compared the Church in his time to a mowed field; the more frequently it is cut, the more it grows. The blood of the martyrs was always the seed of the Church. Martin Luther said that “ If it were not for persecution, I should not understand the Scripture. "
“ Fear not devils; you shall get the victory even over them. The Lord Jesus has engaged to make you more than conquerors over all. Plead with your Savior, plead; plead the promise in the tent. Wrestle, wrestle with God in prayer. If it has been given you to believe, fear not if it should also be given you to suffer. Be not any wise terrified by your adversaries; the King of the church has them all in chain; be kind to them; pray for them; but fear them not. The LORD will yet bring back His ark; though at present driven into the wilderness; and Satan like lightening shall fall from Heaven. "