Originally posted by Pastor Flamme
(17 verses, 1:53 to read)
What I am about to READ
- The Woman, the Dragon, and War in Heaven
- The woman gives birth, Christ ascends to heaven, and the Church is protected from Satan (1-6).
- Satan is cast from heaven with his host by the blood of the Lamb (7-12).
- The woman, who represents the Church, is preserved from Satan’s fury (13-17).
- Before the birth of Christ the woman is Israel, the faithful people through whom Christ was born. After the birth of Christ and his ascension to heaven, the faithful continue as the woman and her offspring, people like you and me who cling to Christ’s Word in faith. This is an image of the Church. Though the dragon is furious and bent on our destruction, St. John assures us that Satan will not overcome us. That’s why we’ve been given the seventh petition to pray in the Lord’s Prayer, “Deliver us from evil.”
- Verses 7-12 are a text that is read on the feast of St. Michael and All Angels. These words are of great comfort for us since we have assurance that St. Michael and angels, by the blood of the Lamb, has cast Satan, the accuser, from the courts of heaven. He’s no longer there to call us sinners before God. Instead we have Christ at God’s right hand as our advocate (1 John 2:1). Where once Satan came into God’s presence with our sins, now there is Christ present with the marks of his atonement. He pleads his own righteousness as our own, the same righteousness that we have now through the proclamation of the forgiveness of sins that cleanses our conscience from the accusations of the devil. That’s why we’ve been given the second and third petitions to pray, “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done.” We pray that what has been accomplished in heaven may also be accomplished in our lives as well.
- Meditate especially on Luther’s explanations to the second and third petitions in his Small Catechism. Prayer: Heavenly Father, grant your Holy Spirit so that by his grace I may believe your Word. Break and hinder every evil plan and purpose of the devil, the world, and our sinful nature and strengthen and keep me firm in your Word and faith until I die. Amen.
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-Pastor A. Brian Flamme