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Advent Devotional: Origin of Hope

December 4, 2023

"The Lord God said to the serpent… I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

The hope of the salvation of the Lord is brought forth from the very origin of sin. Genesis 3 is commonly referred to as “The Fall”, and is almost always referred to in a negative light, with good reason. Yet, in a great show of the mercy of the Lord, the moment of greatest darkness for mankind in history is also the first telling of the hope of the gospel. God promised the serpent, the physical embodiment of Satan in this narrative, that he would be defeated. It was not first a promise to Adam and Eve of their lives being saved. Rather, it was a promise to Satan of his eternal defeat. This means that the first glimpse of the promise of the gospel, and the ultimate fulfillment of it in Revelation, displays the eternal victory of God over the sinful rebellion of Satan and all whom he has deceived. We gather hope from this because it gives full confidence in the Lord and His total victory over sin and death.

Father, you are the righteous, sovereign creator of all things. You promised you would bring one who would crush the head of the serpent, and you did it. Fill our hearts with hope in your victory and drive us to faith in your word.

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