Week 7, Day 1: Redeeming

cross_in_sunsetby Dan Weyerhaeuser, Senior Pastor

Good morning my friend, and welcome to a time with your Father in heaven. He has been waiting for you this morning, and is delighted to be with you, His child!

Because hurry diminishes our capacity to love, your time with God is better if you can off-load the distractions and things that are grabbing for our attention. The more we can focus upon Him alone, the more we will see of Him.

Take a few minutes to get your attention fully focused upon Jesus. You might want to hand Him the things that are calling out for attention in your thoughts.

Ask Him to speak through His Word to you.

Read Genesis 3:14-15

If you recall, these verses were spoken by the Lord to the serpent after he had tempted Eve and Adam to sin. This was a horrible day! God will eventually describe the consequences Eve and then Adam will experience for their rebellion. But in these verses, God is speaking to the serpent (a representative of satan).

In v.15, God makes a promise. What is it?

While God is speaking to the serpent about the woman, a “he” enters the picture. Look carefully at these verses… who is the “He?”

POINT: Eventually, a child will come from the line of Eve who will kill the serpent (crush his head) though he will have to die to do so (you shall bruise, or strike his heal). God is foretelling Jesus here, His Son, also the son of Mary, who would bring the defeat of evil at the cost of his life.

What is your immediate response to the idea of Jesus giving His life to defeat evil and the evil one on your behalf? He is with you at this moment. Take time right now talk with Him about this.

It is amazing that at this very moment in history, God already knows He would send His Son to win our rescue? Think for a moment – what do we learn about God from this? He is… (what?)

Let each attribute be something you praise God for, and thank Him for.

Read Genesis 3:21. For God to be able to provide this, something had to happen to an animal. What was that?

Truth – to cover our “shameful nakedness,” someone had to die. This pointed to the coming of Jesus.

As you conclude: What is one truth about God from these texts you can take through your day? How can you remember it?

Can you think of two people you will see today who don’t yet know the love of Christ? Take a moment and pray for both of them, that God’s Spirit would give them new birth. Then watch for how He brings you two together!

Go spend your day with the God Who planned your redemption from the beginning of time!

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