Comfort in the Wilderness
Jesus has won victory over Satan, but in this world the victory does not look as we might expect.
I. The Father Promised Victory to the Son (vv. 1-2; Isaiah 14:12-15; Genesis 3:15)
A. The Promise (Isaiah 14:12-15; Genesis 3:15)
B. The Woman (vv. 1-2)
II. Jesus Conquered Satan on the Cross (vv. 3-5)
A. The Dragon (the Serpent) (vv. 3-4)
B. The Birth and Ascension of the Messiah (vv. 2, 5)
III. We Now Live Between Two Victories (v. 6)
A. The Wilderness Imagery
B. Nourished in the Wilderness for 1,260 Days
C. The Weekly Reminder
1. Monday—Do you ever struggle to understand your place in this world as a Christian? What is your tendency—domination or withdrawal?
2. Tuesday—How was Satan’s own sin mirrored in how he tempted Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:1-7; Isaiah 14:12-15)? In what ways are you tempted to try and control God rather than submit to him?
3. Wednesday—What does it mean that Satan crushed Jesus’ heel (Genesis 3:15)? How does this help you to see apparent defeats in your life?
4. Thursday—Does the language of escaping or fleeing to the wilderness sound odd (Revelation 12:6)? Why? In what ways is your life patterned after Israel’s time in the wilderness?
5. Friday—What was Israel meant to learn in the wilderness (Deuteronomy 8:3)? Where and how is the Lord nourishing you while you await heaven?