Fr. Larry Richards is the founder and president of The Reason for our Hope Foundation, a non- profit organization dedicated to "spreading the Good News" by educating others about Jesus Christ. His new homilies are posted each week.
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Theme of the Lamb runs from Genesis to Revelation All of History – one focal point – the cross of Christ – Forgiveness: Forgiveness is our greatest need – God's greatest accomplishment This is what the cross is all about—it provides place for God to forgive This is reflected in Jesus' first words on the cross (see Luke 23:34) The theme of atonement throughout the Bible—Old Testament and New Predicted, anticipated, acknowledged and celebrated Redemption – planned event Revelation 13:8 – from the foundation of the world Luke 24:25-27 – beginning with Moses and all the prophets… Bloodline of the Lamb runs through the Scriptures Spurgeon quote Genesis 3:15 – picture of how God will rescue people from the curse Enmity = conflict, hostility, or a feud The Hebrew word translated as serpent is nachash. Satan is the serpent (see Revelation 12:9) Isaiah and Ezekiel picture of who Satan was originally Isaiah 14:12 – I will 5X – exalt myself, be like the Most High Ezekiel 28:14 – anointed cherub that covers The ongoing spiritual conflict began with Satan's rebellion - spread to other angelic beings – 1/3 Ephesians 6:12 - "We struggle not against flesh and blood, but against rulers, authorities, powers, spiritual forces of evil in heavenly realms." The conflict spread to the earth (see Revelation 12:9) The earth became Satan's domain Genesis 3 records the darkest day in all of human history Rom 5:12 NASB Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned-- Seed = offspring There will be an ongoing conflict between humanity and Satan, his angels, and—the world The world system against believers 1 John 5:19 - We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. Need to understand this ongoing conflict or the Bible will not make sense— Parallel universe; there's the physical reality and the spiritual reality The spiritual world is unseen—angelic and demonic forces Angels are mentioned 103 times in the Old Testament and 165 times in the New Testament The word angel means messenger Angels are non-corporeal beings, invisible, and not subject to human limitations Since the fall, there has been an ongoing spiritual conflict in heavenly places between angels and demons Key rule of warfare - know who your enemy is and how they operates Bruise also translated as crush Satan's reaction evasive countermeasures and counterattacks - the Invisible War Cain kills Abel—God raised up Seth (see Genesis 4:8, 25) Satan corrupted humanity—world destroyed with a flood— one family saved (see Genesis 6:1-8) Satan incited Esau to try to kill Jacob (see Genesis 27:41) Pharaoh ordered that all the male Hebrew infants be killed (see Exodus 1:15-22) King Saul chasing and trying to kill David (see 1 Samuel 21-31; 2 Samuel 1) Haman tried to kill all Jews living in Persia but they were spared (see Esther 7) Herod ordered every male baby in Bethlehem be killed (see Matthew 2:16-18) Satan himself tempted Jesus to jump off the pinnacle of the temple (see Luke 4:9-13) Jesus announced - He fulfilled prophecy in Isaiah 61, tried to throw Him off a cliff (see Luke 4:16-30) All attempts to destroy a people, a nation, a lineage, and a Person The Seed could be plural or singular, clarified by the word He Genesis 3:15 is considered to be the first messianic prophecy— or the first gospel Prediction that a deliverer will come and defeat Satan After the destruction of the earth by the flood, there were only three lines He could come from The sons of Noah: Shem, Ham, and Japheth - The Israelites are of the line of Shem Shem's descendant—Abraham (see Genesis 12:3; 22:18) - God says, "Through you and your seed, all the nations of the earth will be blessed." God promise to Jacob's (see Genesis 28:14) - "Through you and your seed, all the world will be blessed." David's family was of the tribe of Judah - Jacob's fourth son.