Bruised Heel, Crushed Head
Recently, I was traveling to Ohio to minister at a leadership, worldview training for young people. On the way, I revisited a favorite passage of Scripture. It was Genesis 3:15, which states, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” Though the enemy of our souls, Satan, instigated the conflict, it was Almighty God that declared war. It first commenced in the heavens spiritually, but manifested on the earth physically. Since the Fall of man this enmity has ripped through the Bible and mankind’s bloody history to our present day.
No creature is exempted from this battle. Jesus stated, “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad (Matthew 12:30).” Obviously, there is no neutral zone in this conflict. We are either the seed of the woman or the seed of the Devil. What is the difference between the two seed lines? One remains in the fallen, sinful state falsely believing that they are a law and god unto themselves and the other is born from above and believes that Jesus is Lord and His laws are binding upon all men, at all times, and in every nation. These are the two main issues that reveal the war that rages for the souls of men, the lives of children, and the future of our poor-fallen world.
Flip Benham, National Director of Operation Rescue/Operation Save America, has declared, “The manifestation of this war are many, but in America today; abortion, homosexuality, and Islam are its three most contentious and visible out workings.” I agree! Though the war remains consistent, same God, same Devil, same truth, same lies, the battlefront shifts from generation to generation. This demands faithful watchmen upon the wall to discern the exposed areas of the battle and bid God’s people to fulfill Jeremiah’s mandate. God’s word states, “…I have put my words in thy mouth. See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant (Jeremiah 1:9,10).”
By wielding the two edged sword of the Spirit, God’s word, the Church is to faithfully declare “thus saith the Lord” and impress God’s truth upon the souls of men. It is the veracity of God’s word that is alive and full of power that destroys the strongholds of the enemies of the cross and the powers of darkness. It then proceeds to build and plant God’s Kingdom amongst men and nations. For far too long, the Church has been unwilling to apply God’s word to the burning issues of the day and thus we have inadvertently enabled destructive philosophies and practices that left unchallenged will bring damnation to America.
In 1 John 3:8, the Apostle John reminds us of the Lord’s chief purpose for coming to earth. He states, “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” What are the works of the Evil One? According to our Lord, they are lies and murder (John 8:44). When Satan opens his mouth, he speaks his native language, which is a lie. If believed and acted upon, man will self-destruct. Biblically then, lies, like sin, lead to death (Romans (6:23). Roe vs. Wade is a powerful example of this demonic reality. Norma McCorvey, the Jane Roe of the infamous court case, lied to a Dallas Court charging that she was raped. Based upon this lie, she demanded the right to have an abortion. Our Supreme Court believed the lie and for the last 35 years the wholesale slaughter of fifty million babies made in the image of God has polluted and defiled our beleaguered nation.
Thankfully, Norma repented and mercifully came to faith in Christ. She found to the delight of her soul that truth liberates. Jesus proclaimed, “…If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free…If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed (John 8:31-36).”
Not only does truth liberate, it illuminates our souls to see issues in a greater light. No matter how many times we may read a passage of Scripture, God is faithful to reveal deeper revelation to the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:1,2). According to Jesus, His words are spirit and life (John 6:63). Such was the case, when my eyes were cast again upon Genesis 3:15. God’s promise was Satan would bruise Messiah’s heel, but our Lord would crush his head. For the first time, the magnitude of that statement struck my soul and gave me such hope in the midst of the deception that deludes America today.
First, God equates the crucifixion of Christ with a bruised heel. Immediately, I thought of Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ. Many were upset by Mel’s graphic depiction of our Lord’s scourging. In the past, movies sanitized this aspect of our Lord’s passion. There may have been a smattering of blood here and there, but no where compared to the actual reality endured by the precious Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. In fact, the Bible predicted the crucifixion would mar Jesus beyond human comprehension. In other words, God in the hands of angry sinners would beat Him to the point it would be difficult to recognize Him as a human being. Hundreds of years before the first advent of Christ, Isaiah the prophet recorded, “As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men (Isaiah 52:14).”
Based upon this truth, who in their right minds, would reduce the torment, suffering, and anguish of our Lord on the cruel cross to a minor injury to a foot. And yet, this is the Biblical language God decided to use to communicate the battle of the ages. On the surface it doesn’t seem to adequately paint the full picture. It seems to almost trivialize the crushing of Christ who paid the sin debt of man and appeased the wrath of God. We must remember the cross is where God’s justice and love met in a head on collision. It is here that the Psalmist could announce, “Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other (Psalm 85:10).” God forbid we should ever take lightly the price paid for sinful man to be reconciled to Holy God.
I believe when the Lord uses language that may not on the surface reveal the fullness of spiritual truth and reality, it is because there is a deeper truth available for those who seek Him with all their hearts (Jeremiah 29:13). God’s nuggets will not be mined by casual Christians. It will only come according to Proverbs, “…if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God (Proverbs 2:1-5).”
So, if a bruised heel translates to God in the flesh becoming hamburger meat, what do you imagine the term “bruised head” means to Satan? How great then is the magnitude of his defeat by the cross of Christ. No wonder Satan was desperate to divert Christ from the path of obedience that led to the cross, just as he tempted Adam and Eve to wander from God’s commandment. He did this directly in Matthew 4 and indirectly by the mouth of Peter in Matthew 16:23. It appears that Satan didn’t mind Jesus conquering the nations of the earth, just as long as his head was not crushed in the process. Alas, this is how the crucifixion did not spell the defeat of Christ, but was actually Satan’s undoing.
Isaiah prophesied Satan’s fall. He stated, “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms (Isaiah 14:12-16)?”
According to Jesus, he saw this phenomenon in His day. Remember when He sent out the seventy disciples to prepare his way in the different cities and villages He, Himself would visit. They returned overwhelmed with excitement. They reported, “…Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you (Luke 10:17-19).” Most Christians erroneously believe this is a future victory and miss the historical implications of Christ’s victory which was achieved at the cross, burial, and subsequent resurrection of our King.
Jesus stated that if He cast out demons by the Spirit of God then we should know the Kingdom of God has (past tense) come upon the world (Matthew 12:28). Prior to Jesus groaning “It is finished,” He told His disciples, “Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out (John 12:31).” The “now” time frame reference occurred 2000 years ago. Most Christians today ignore the ramifications of this historical reality. Gratefully, the Apostle Paul didn’t. He stated in Colossians 2:13-15, “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; and having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”
It is popular today as the Church practices theological escapism which has led to our cultural corruption to believe “Satan is alive and well on planet earth.” Though he is most certainly alive, that does not mean he is well. He is only well when he can deceive the Church and distort their view concerning the bruised heel of Christ as it relates to his crushed head. If we are ignorant or willfully ignorant of Christ’s victory, Satan will tempt us despair. He will seek to discourage us as we seek to disciple the nations, discourage us amidst tribulation, and weaken our resolve to obey God. His power and kingdom have fallen. Christ has deposed him, crushed his head, and shackled him with the Gospel of the Kingdom chain. Based upon this truth, God can assure His people future victory. Romans 16:20 states, “And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.”
Through Christ’s triumph, the only lordship Satan commands today is over the despicable elements of life depicted as dung. He is lord of the flies, Beelzebub! What would happen to this world if the Church acted upon this bedrock reality today? Perhaps the kingdoms of this world would become the Kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ and He would reign forever (Revelation 11:15). Well, this is the truth and therefore we are obligated to march on and though we may suffer for the cause of Christ (bruised heel) know assuredly, God will bruise Satan under our feet. This is His promise and He will not fail. Let us therefore arise, believe, and act on this promise and may the Lamb receive all the glory, honor, strength, and blessing that His suffering purchased as his heel was bruised and Satan’s head crushed!
IN KING JESUS’ SERVICE,
Rev. Rusty Lee Thomas
P.O. Box 3126, Waco, TX 76707