8 Things God Knew But The Devil Didn't In Genesis 3:15
There are two grand opposing moral forces in conflict in the world, “the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent.”
Now in this conflict, error and evil strike at the truth, but only its “heel”. Truth strikes right at the “head” of error and evil.
We cans study the records of the Word of God and see the long war between the children of light and “the power of darkness.”
Satan has tried every weapon of the armory of hell. He has no other in reserve, and all have failed. They cannot rise higher than the heel. The head is safe with Christ in God.
We can also see how even Satan’s blows to the heel are guided by a mightier hand. Satan’s blows against the “heel” wound himself in return. Satan’s kingdom is made to fail under Satan’s own assaults.
Satan brought sin into the garden, and so the door flew open for the Gospel. He persecuted the early converts, and the truth sped rapidly abroad throughout the world. He cast Paul into the dungeon of Philippi, and the jailer believed, with his whole house. He sends Paul as a prisoner to Rome, and epistles gain wings to teach and comfort all the ages of the Church. [Archdeacon Law]
What God Knew And The Devil Didn't
1. God knew He would renew the probation of man. The probation for angels was not renewed.
Satan had not yet witnessed the long-suffering of God to those who disobeyed Him. After the rebellion of Satan and a third of the angelic host who followed him, God sealed the fate of all angels. There was no provision of repentance and pardon.
2. God offered grace to sinful man. Satan had no concept of grace.
Satan believed he had successfully destroyed man’s existence before God. Surely God would wipe Adam and Eve from the face of the Earth.
3. God would become a man and the Redeemer of man while still being God.
Satan never anticipated the plan of Redemption through the miraculous Virgin Birth of Christ to become the Son of God and Son of Man.
4. God knew He would start the holy conflict with sin and Satan that would result in giving all glory to God.
This holy conflict is witnessed in the offerings of Cain and Abel. The “wrath” of Cain against God and Abel, God’s servant, drove him to murder. Abel’s death was the result of his life and offering. Hebrews 11:4 tell us that Abel “obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.” God was glorified in Abel’s death. Eve would “bare a son”, to be “another seed instead of Abel”, and his name was Seth, meaning “appointed”. Seth begat Enos (Genesis 4:26), “… then began men to call upon the name of the Lord.”
5. God knew that in the holy conflict, Satan would bruise the Son’s heel but that the heel would bring the crushing blow to Satan’s head.
The heel is the part of the flesh that walks the footstool of Earth. Christ would walk the Earth as the Son of Man, obedient to the Father all the way to the Cross.
The prophet Isaiah tell us “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. ” (Isaiah 53:5)
6. God knew that a new race of many sons of God would come from the seed of Adam, all bearing the image of God, loving righteousness and hating sin.
God made provision for the seed of Adam to populate the Earth, fulfilling the creation mandate. Those from Adam’s loins would taste of the mercy and grace of God and know a transformed life in opposition to Satan’s work in the Earth.
7. God knew He and the saints would triumph over Satan and usher in defeat.
The Apostle Paul tells us in I Corinthians 15 that “death is swallowed up in victory.” (I Cor. 15:54) The saints will know victory through the Lord Jesus Christ. The promise has been made and the fulfillment is sure.
“And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.” – Revelation 15:2
8. God knew that Satan would be incarcerated in the lake of fire to be tormented forever.
The final end of Satan was already sealed for eternity. Revelation 20:10, “And the devil that deceived then was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”
God knows all the events of history. Even Adam’s fall in the Garden of Eden was not a surprise to God. Satan himself can never catch God off-guard with any plan or action. In fact, Satan does not know God like we know God!
Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world. Acts 15:18
Sketches of Sermons By Wesleyan Ministers
- Man’s salvation is Satan’s grief and vexation.
- God’s indignation is never so much kindled against the wicked, that He forgets His mercy toward His own.
- God directs and turns the malice of Satan to the service of the good.
- God will strengthen the weakest of His servants against Satan.
- The greatness of man’s sin is no bar to God’s mercy.
- God’s means extend to future posterity.
- Enmity and malice against good men is an evident mark of the child of the devil.
- Christ the woman’s seed: (1) Made under the law. (2) Became a curse for us. (3) Joined us to God. (4) Conquered Satan.