The self-giving of the Lord Jesus is like the little stone cut out by no human hand in Daniel’s vision. Karl Marx has won the culture, and the kingdoms are represented in the materials of the statue. But that gospel rock strikes the feet of iron and clay, and all the kingdoms Karl Marx has won become “like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, so that not a trace of them could be found. But the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth” (Dan. 2:35).
God’s Christ has conquered, and he will return to consummate his inaugurated kingdom. While we wait, the nations are raging, trying to burst his bonds and cast away his cords. It is ours to understand and embrace the interpretive perspective of the biblical authors, to see the patterns in the narrative and then to align those with the patterns of our own experience: the seed of the woman could only come if women are saved through childbearing, and the human race will only continue if men and women embrace their created sexual identities, enter into marriage, and do together what God commanded in Genesis 1:28. The serpent hates the woman and her seed, and he hates Christ and his church.
He will roar with all his pseudo-righteous indignation against the way the seed of the woman supposedly oppress and harm by upholding the word of God against those who mutilate children and shepherd them down the path to destruction. He tries to claim the moral high ground, but he will never have it: “Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law strive against them” (Prov. 28:4).
By Jim Hamilton