Crushing Snakes

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Why did you have kids?
Depends on the day you ask me
What would you do to protect your kids?
I will willingly lay my life on the line
God created us because He wanted to
He wasn’t bored
He doesn’t need us
He wants us

The problem

The Garden was perfect
The serpent, which is the devil, aka satan, deceived Adam and Eve
Man was now separated by God
The Devil is a lying, thieving, killing bastard
He stands to deceive us then accuse us so we will be destroyed
This is a serious problem
Genesis 3:14–15 ESV
The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. 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.”

Israel’s Hope

Defeat the enemy and restore God’s kingdom on Earth
This didn’t quite happen the way they expected it to
The spiritual world is the stronger reality
Hebrews 2:14-15 “Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.

Our Hope

To stand firm and receive the crown of life
Jesus is coming back
The devil will be thrown into the lake of fire
Luke 22:31-34 ““Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” Peter said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.” Jesus said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me.””
Romans 16:17-20 “I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive. For your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, but I want you to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.”
Revelation 20:2 “And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years,”
Revelation 20:10 “and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”

So What

Stand firm
Be strong and courageous
Don’t fear what people think or say or do
Psalm 118:6 “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
Take authority
Luke 10:17-20 “The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.””
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