"AND I WILL PUT
ENMITY BETWEEN THEE AND THE WOMAN, AND BETWEEN THY SEED AND HER SEED;
IT SHALL BRUISE THY HEAD, AND THOU SHALT BRUISE HIS HEEL." (Gen.
There is a story so thrilling in the Bible that there really are no
human words to describe it! Mark begins his gospel by saying—
"HERE BEGINS THE WONDERFUL STORY OF JESUS
THE MESSIAH, THE SON OF GOD." Mark 1:1 TLB
Mark thus begins the story of Jesus' early pilgrimage, but the WHOLE
STORY begins about 4,000 years earlier.
First of all, let's establish one thing very clearly — in fact
it is foundational to everything else in our story — it is simply that:
EVERYTHING BEGINS WITH A SEED!
With the possible exception of Adam, who God created from the dust of the earth,
everything starts with a seed. You began with a seed — what you eat began
with a seed — the roof over your head, the clothes you wear, virtually
everything begins with a SEED! God spoke it first—
" WHILE THE EARTH REMAINETH, SEEDTIME AND HARVEST, AND COLD AND HEAT AND
AND WINTER, AND DAY AND NIGHT SHALL NOT CEASE." Gen. 8:22
So our story really begins with God's promise of a SEED. To paraphrase
Genesis 3:15, God is saying that—
"THE SEED OF THE WOMAN WOULD BRUISE [OR DESTROY] THE SERPANT'S HEAD."
We all know very well the tragic story of Adam and Eve — they believed
the lie of the serpent (satan) and thus came the universal curse upon the earth
and everything upon it. But even in the wake of the greatest tragedy to befall
the whole earth, God gave us a promise even greater than the fall of mankind — yes,
a promise that should cause you to raise your hands and shout mighty praises
to God! Hallelujah!
His very first act, upon confronting Adam and Eve, was to give us a glorious
promise: "THE SEED OF THE WOMAN SHALL DEFEAT THE SERPENT!" (my
I'm sure for thousands of years the holy men of old struggled with the
meaning of this verse. First of all, the woman does not produce seed — only
the man. And even if by some miracle she could, how would its "heel" bruise
and destroy the "serpent's head"?
Satan, too, was put on notice and while he, also, did not understand or comprehend
the awesome import of God's promise, he was smart enough to realize God
was "up to something!" He knew that he had better keep his eye on
some "COMING SEED" that had the power to destroy him and to undo
his dastardly deed!
Here is where our story really gets exciting! It did not take satan
long to realize that this "SEED" was a generational line of godly
mankind that had it in for him. From Seth, to Enoch, to Noah, to Abraham,
and finally, through the kings of Israel — David and his successors,
all the way down to — ah, but I'm getting ahead of our story!
There is, however, one startling drama that shows how close satan came to winning.
It also shows the providence and almighty power of "The Most High God" to
keep and perform all of His promises. Let this be a word of encouragement to
all of us who may be awaiting the fulfillment of some promise of God to us!
This promised "Seed" was passed, as we said, down through the generations
until it reached the kings of Israel and then Judah. While I said earlier it
was through the "godly line" of mankind, sadly some of that line
was anything but godly! Here, again, the wisdom and power of our God is seen.
He has promised us that even —
"THE WRATH OF MAN SHALL PRAISE THEE…." Psa. 76:10
Such was the story of King Ahaziah, son of King Jehoram. He was a very wicked
king and reigned only one year in Jerusalem. His mother, Athaliah, was even more
wicked, and upon learning of her son's murder the record shows that — "SHE
AROSE AND DESTROYED ALL THE SEED ROYAL OF THE HOUSE OF JUDAH" (II Chron.
Wait a minute! "ALL THE SEED ROYAL"DEAD? Has God's promise
to produce a SEED that would destroy satan FAILED?
Ah, read on —
"BUT JEHOSHABEATH…TOOK JOASH THE SON OF AHAZIAH, AND STOLE HIM FROM
THE KING'S SONS THAT WERE SLAIN, AND PUT HIM AND HIS NURSE IN A BEDCHAMBER." II
Think of it! The whole promise of God to destroy satan and redeem fallen mankind
hung on the life of an infant child, the last surviving son of King Ahaziah!
His evil mother thought she had killed "all the seed royal," and
actually usurped the kingdom and reigned as queen for seven years!
The end of this story is awesome as the elders of Israel finally arose, executed
the evil queen, and crowned seven year old Joash as the rightful SEED upon the
throne of King David.
Ah, dear Partners, God's promises cannot fail! But, now, back to our story
of this mysterious SEED that would one day "bruise the serpent's
I think by now most of you, my faithful partners, know and probably have known
all through our story who thisspecial SEED is! This seed line travels uninterrupted
all the way from Adam to a beautiful virgin maiden named Mary. And here the mystery
is gloriously unveiled
THE SEED OF THE WOMAN WAS NONE OTHER THAN GOD HIMSELF!
As we have taught many times — God the Father had a need. His first Adam
had betrayed Him — He needed sons and daughters.
Now, here is the whole purpose of my letter to you! Here is the KEY to
if you will do what God did!
GOD PLANTED A SEED!
Oh, wonder of wonders—how God the Son could become a tiny seed, planted
by the Holy Spirit into the womb of a pure virgin, is the mystery of the Incarnation
we will never fully comprehend till we see Him face-to-face! The great Apostle
Paul tried to describe the greatness of God's plan of redemption:
"O THE DEPTH OF THE RICHES BOTH OF THE WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE OF GOD! HOW
UNSEARCHABLE ARE HIS JUDGEMENTS, AND HIS WAYS PAST FINDING OUT!" Rom.
Yes, praise God, that "seed of the woman" grew into a fine,
pure man — God's second Adam! But, like all seeds, it must die and
be planted if it is to spring up into new life and produce increase and fruit!
Yes, God needed sons, so what did God do? HE GAVE HIS ONLY SON. And, what did
God receive? Yes, we have discussed this many times — Jesus died, but rose
again that He, as Hebrews says, "MIGHT BRING MANY SONS TO GLORY…." Heb.
But here is the final truth I pray you will hear as it is yet another KEY to
The seed God planted became Jesus Christ who defeated satan on the cross — His "heel" was
bruised, but He recovered! Satan's head was crushed — and glory
God Most High — he
WILL NOT RECOVER!
Jesus went on to describe Himself in John 15 as the "true vine." Yes,
a seed produces a vine. But He goes on to say that we are the branches on that
And right here some miss it! We get shouting happy, dance in the aisles,
the pews, and speak in tongues — all good, at least most of it! If that
is all we do we are in great danger! Jesus went on to say:
"HE THAT ABIDETH IN ME…BRINGETH FORTH MUCH FRUIT,
FOR WITHOUT ME YE CAN DO NOTHING." John 15:5
So, where is the danger, you ask?
"EVERY BRANCH THAT BEARETH NO FRUIT HE TAKETH AWAY…AND MEN
GATHER THEM AND CAST THEM INTO THE FIRE, AND THEY ARE BURNED." John 15:2 & 6
Wow! Bearing fruit is not optional; it is mandatory in Christ's Kingdom!And
what is this fruit that Christ commands? More than we can cover in this short
letter, but I can tell you the MOST IMPORTANT FRUIT that God desires — the
souls of men and women,
So, are we bearing fruit for His Kingdom? Praise God, TBN IS! At least a million
souls a year that we know of!
Are you a part of this great harvest? If not, you need to do what God
did — PLANT
YOUR SEED! Not only is it the KEY to meet your need, it also fulfills
Christ's command to bear fruit if you are a branch in Him, the Vine of
Jan and I promise to join you for another great week of revival harvest, fruit-bearing,
MARCH 31 THRU APRIL 4
Yes, we will sing and shout, preach and praise, but with over 4,000 TV stations,
27 great satellites, radio, the Internet, and now, new Digital TV, let's
believe God for the greatest harvest of souls ever!
Your pledge card is enclosed—plant YOUR SEED and expect your harvest.
Jan and I have loved you for 30 glorious years! Let's keep planting!