· Satan’s Threat (vs. 1-4)
The woman is with child. There is anticipation ad joy with the birth if a child. A beast is waiting to destroy the child.
The dragon is terrible, powerful, and cruel and represents Satan. The woman represents the true people of God.
Simion the prophet predicted the violence in Jesus’ future and the pain associated with that for Mary, the mother of the baby.
This tells of the death of male children of 2 years or younger. This shows Satan is totally evil and is working to snare our souls.
Satan has designs on all of our souls.
· God’s Plan (vs. 5-6)
God stepped in to save the mother and baby.
God planned to give us hope by bruising the head of Satan.
God gave his son so that we can be free. God does everything subtlety – the plan was to send a baby to defeat the dragon?
God can be working through everyday circumstances.
· Satan’s Defeat (vs. 7-10)
God’s angels are strong enough to defeat Satan.
These people were defeating Satan in their work.
We need to live with a conviction that Satan was defeated by Jesus’ death ad resurrection.
· “Our” Victory (vs. 11-17)
We are in the midst of a conflict between good and evil.
God makes sure that a remnant of his people remains.
The Spirit that confesses God is from Him. Satan gives false teachings in the world in an effort to persuade people to do evil deeds.
Those who are victorious over evil will celebrate with God.
Eventually, evil will be totally defeated and cast out.
—Robert Lee, 12-19-04, p.m.