Hey Kathryn,Hi Rick...Sorry for the delay. I have a houseful ! (17 family and 9 dogs!) If you don't mind, I'd like you to go a little farther in this type. How do you understand the use of "brass" in scripture? How is Christ a type of brass?
I understand, no need for apologies. So much for waiting after Christmas. We just can't stay away from each other.
The Seed of the Woman was Jesus born of Mary and there was enmity between Jesus and Satan.Also...In the Genesis 3:15 verse that you included above
Gen 3:15 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...
.could you explain what the "enmity" was...and how it crushes the head of the serpent's seed....and the "heel" or hinderpart of the woman's seed? What is the "head" of the serpent...and what is the hinderpart/heel of the woman? How does this fit with this description of the rod/serpent? :
Enmity = Satan actively opposed with much hostility the Son of God and anything or anyone that God loved.
On the cross of Calvary, the world government and religion bruised the heel of the Son of Man, Jesus (He could not be destroyed), but at the same time Jesus crushed the head of Satan, (destroying his works)taking upon Himself the death consequences of all men's sin. 1 John 3:8 says "the Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil." And Hebrews 2:14 goes on to say that "through death He (Jesus) rendered powerless the devil." The Lord Jesus Christ crushed the head of Satan and all we have today is the backlash of the tail ... still sqirming ... still rattling. But Satan is "done in" - conquered. That is why we refer to it as the "finished work" of Jesus Christ! And in our Christian experience, we see the backlash of the tail in the influence of the world, in the inner tendencies of the "flesh", in the patterns of sinfulness and selfishness in our soul. The apostle Paul wrote, 'The flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; they are opposites to one another' (Gal. 5:17). This refers to that same battle between Satan and God. When Christians try to fight against the flesh, suppress sin, and do battle with the devil, they are fighting a battle they cannot win – for it is not theirs to fight. 'The battle is the LORD’s' (I Sam. 17:47) … and the victory has already been won by the Lord Jesus Christ.
We can participate in His victory by faith, by allowing His indwelling Spirit to overcome our fleshly tendencies, habits, and addictions; by allowing His indwelling Spirit to wash over and envelop our spirit so completely that our desires and habits are transformed. The result of such transformation of mind and behavior is a testimony to the world, by which we 'prove (demonstrate, show forth) what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect' (Rom. 12:2).
The devil tries to prevent that transformation, of course. Satan is delighted by our confusion – when we try to fight against the flesh by our own strength and ingenuity. He knows that all our attempts by self-effort will ultimately fail.
The Tail represents fear as a tail of a snake cannot hurt anyone. That is why God told Moses to pick up the snake by the tail and not the head. The head represents what can really hurt and kill a person. But the tail is harmless. Satan's head was bruised and the prophetic came true. The Son of God was manifest to "destroy the works of the Devil." The tail can represent "lies" because it really cannot do anything except instill fear of hurt but not hurt itself. It can only cause you to hurt yourself by believing a "lie".What is the "tail" of the serpent of brass (as the Christ type) and why the tail and not the "head"? Where else in scripture do you find the concept of the "head" being "lifted up" and the "tail" becoming the "head"? How does that fit in the type?
In Isaiah 9:15 false prophets were compared with the "tail" because they taught lies. It is true that if you believe the lie you are exchanging the truth of God.
Isa 9:15The ancient and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.
There are only two natures in this life and we reflect one or the other. We either reflect the Nature of God or the Nature of Satan. There is not a third nature that we can manufacture.
"The Swiss theologian, Karl Barth, (especially in his earlier theological writings) referred to God as 'the Wholly Other,' who is wholly other than man, despite the
anthropomorphic portrayals by which our finite minds attempt to conceive of a personal God. Referring to God as 'wholly other' than man does not imply any deistic
detachment, but it indicates that deity and humanity are categories of 'being' completely distinct from one another.
God is God, and man is man!
There is a constitutional difference between God and man – the difference between the infinite Creator who has intrinsic Being in Himself and the finite creature who has
extrinsic created 'being' derived from the Creator‐God."
Please read "Frequently Asked Questions" by Jim Fowler on this page. http://www.christinyou.net/pages/pdf...tionsEbook.pdf
and his other books.
I recently found Jim's site, www.christinyou.net and I must say it is an awesome breath of fresh air. I will be using many of his quotes as it seems he has dealt with many things that have been or are being discussed on BWF. And I really like the way he thinks! He does go against much of modern traditional Christian thought, however, but for the positive in my opinion. My understanding of Creation has changed thanks to him. That would be the Creation booklet (below). http://www.christinyou.net/pages/pdfs/CreationEbook.pdf
Have a great rest of the year. The Lord is marvelous!!
All the best,