The Beginning of the End
A “slow news week” is a week where there is not a conflict of some sort being played out on the world stage that merits full and intense news coverage. Fortunately for the media (unfortunately for the human race) there have been few weeks like that in history.
Conflicts are everywhere in our world—how does the average person explain them? And when will they ever end? Many people see conflicts as the natural extension of the first two microbes jostling for position in a primordial pool. While a weak explanation for conflicts’ beginnings, that theory doesn’t offer much hope for their end. A much more satisfying answer to both questions is found in the Bible in what has been called the Protevangelium, or “the first giving of the gospel”—Genesis 3:15. That verse could also be called “the beginning of the end.” For in this single verse lies the explanation for both the existence, and the end, of conflict in our world.
It had been a slow news week indeed in the Garden of Eden until Eve was beguiled by Satan, the tempter. She, and then her husband, fell into sin by disobeying God’s command. As punishment for both the tempter and the tempted, God put enmity—hate-based conflict—between them. Our “whole world is under the control of the evil one” (1 John 5:19)—one who hates us, the descendants of Eve. Are we, therefore, surprised at the conflict in our world? But while that day in the Garden was the beginning of evil, it was also the beginning of the end of evil. For God promised that a descendant of the woman would one day arise who, though wounded by Satan, would crush the tempter under his foot. Even today, believers walk in a spiritual semblance of that literal final conflict as we gain power over the evil one through Christ (Matt. 6:13; Rom. 16:20; Rev. 20:10).
From where you sit today, you probably see some sort of conflict. It may even be touching your own life. But know this: conflict on planet earth is only for a short season compared to the peace of eternity. Every day brings us closer to the end of enmity forever.
God’s Promise to You: “Satan and evil will be destroyed according to the plan I am unfolding.”
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