Eye for an Eye, Thumb for a Thumb, Big Toe for a Big Toe, and the World for the World

adonibezekJudah, the firstborn, is selected to go up and fight for Israel. Judah recruits Simeon to help. A fitting partner for the task. According to Genesis 34, Simeon and Levi take vengeance on the Canaanites and the Perizites for raping their sister Dinah. They go over board and slaughter everything and everyone. Certainly not an “eye for an eye” punishment. So Jacob curses Simeon sentencing him to be “scattered” in Israel (Gen. 49:7). Both Judah and Simeon go to fight against Adoni-Bezek (Lord of Scattering or Lightning) at Bezek (Scattering/Lightning), and they send him and his army scattering in retreat. When Judah and Simeon finally catch up to Adoni-Bezek, they cut off his thumbs and big toes. He replies, “70 kings with their thumbs and big toes cut off used to gather scraps under my table. As I have done, so God has repaid me.” Simeon might have learned his lesson.

Genesis 10 gives us a list of 70 nations that comprise the world after the flood. in Genesis 11 those nations are scattered at the tower of Babel.  Adoni-Bezek had 70 kings with their thumbs and big toes cut off gathering scraps under his table is a telling picture of the Serpent’s demonic rule over the entire world. He crippled the world and enslaved them, and made them dependent upon him for scraps of food to survive. In an “eye for an eye” fashion, God has repaid the serpent Adoni-Bezek by cutting off his thumbs and big toes, thus crippling him and taking him captive. Judah and Simeon bind the strong man and take him to Jerusalem to die, where the city is burned with fire (Jud. 1:8). The 70 nations are now freed from the clutches of the Lord of Scattering/Lightning, and now Israel can begin taking dominion over the land and conquering any other serpents along the way.

Jesus in Luke 10, send out 70 disciples to preach the gospel of the kingdom of God. When the disciples returned they were amazed that even the demon were subject to them in the Jesus’ name. The Lord replies, “I was watching Satan fall from Heaven like lightning.” Like Adoni-Bezek, the Lord of Scattering/Lightning, Jesus sees Satan fall from Heaven like Lightning. His kingdom is then divided and scattered against itself as Satan is crippled of his power, bound and led to Jerusalem to die by the fire of Pentecost, where the nations of the world are reunited in Christ by the Holy Spirit to take dominion over the whole world through the preaching of the Gospel of the kingdom.

Judges 1:1-7 pictures for us God’s plan to take back the world from the clutches of the Serpent, the Lord of Scattering/Lightning. The gospel cuts off the thumbs and big toes of the serpent and his demons and leaves them in slavery under the reign of King Jesus, the Greater Judah, the firstborn of Israel.

Conceding to Giants

Once upon a time there was a very large group of people who had settled in a rich and fertile land. After some time, the ruler of the land, a dragon, enslaved those people for 400 years. A deliverer was raised up from among those people. God had sent this man to free his people from the dragon’s clutches of death and tyranny, and to bring them into a land better than the one they were inhabiting as slaves. Through many great and mighty acts the man of God freed the people from the clutches of the dragon, and had brought them to the border of the land they were about to inhabit. This land was promised to them, by God Almighty. But, there was a catch, there were enemies in the land. Giants, in fact, descendants of the dragon. But, no fear, for God had promised them victory, if only they would believe Him and obey Him.

Spies were sent into this land of promise, 12 to be precise, and 10 of them brought back tales of horror and impeding doom if they went in to fight as God commanded them. “There are Giants in the land!” they cried. “We can never defeat them, for they are much too strong and much to advanced. They have total control over all the schools of education and they have indoctrinated all the people into believing in their false gods, and in the virtues of their wickedness. The have taken control over the production and distribution of the economy. They control the health care, and the entertainment, and the military, and even the food supply and the all means of communication. There is not one square inch of all creation under which they have not taken over and used as an advantage for their empire. They are giants and we are but grasshoppers in their sight. We can never win.”

So the report of the 10 had sway over the people, though the other 2 were unconvinced and believed that this God who had redeemed them in a mighty way from the hands of the dragon, would in fact fight for them again and stay true to His promise, and now defeat these dragon descendants. The people did not believe them, or their God. So, God had sworn an oath, in His wrath and anger against His people, that because of their unbelief, they would never enter the land! That generation of people sealed their own fate and sentenced themselves to wander in the wilderness until they died, never to see the land flowing with milk and honey that God had promised them. This was a very bad thing.

The next generation born to them, did enter into that land, and began to believe the promises of their God. God fought for them, and they were successful at killing many giants. And slowly over time, as they took control over more and more, they began to build new institutions of education, based upon their God’s law. They also built a better economy, not based upon the unjust weights and measures of fractional reserve banking, but through honest weights and measures backed by real gold and silver. They took control over the judicial system, putting many righteous God-fearing men in positions over the people. They created a godly culture of entertainment and arts, and a national defense and a police force that really sought to protect the people. Places of worship were spread throughout the whole land, so that the people of every tribe could all be taught about God and His law, and how to worship Him in Spirit and in truth.

And if it were not for me telling you, you might think that things always continued this way, to get better without any push back or resistance from the enemy. Not so. In fact, this was a very long and arduous project they undertook, spanning many generations. Most of those generations actually became even worse than the people they were supposed to eradicate. Most of the time they did whatever was right in their own eyes, and God sent judgments their way, attempting to purge them from their sins. But throughout it all, God had sent his prophets to his people to tell them of another redeemer to come, one like the first redeemer, but this time it would be the Lord Himself to come. And to ensure His victory, He promised that His law would not just be written on stone, but His spirit would fill them, and His law would be on their hearts.

This Redeemer finally came, and fought against the real enemy that plagued his people with the power of evil and death, the True Dragon. This savior came to bring people life and goodness by dying, thereby killing the Dragon, and reversing evil and death. He rose from the dead to forever make life victorious over death, and good to triumph over evil. He crushed the head of the prototypical Giant, the Great Dragon and promised His people once again, that their mission was to go and kill the giants. He promised them God would put all his enemies under His feet, and he did so by putting the dragons under their feet. They were to fight against them with the power of the Spirit and with the Word of Truth. Yet this time, the land that was promised to them was the whole world! God’s promise had finally been given new power and life, so that the promise would not fail, and the curse of the Dragon would finally be reversed, and the people of the world would no longer follow the dragon, but the Savior. And it was in this manner that God promised His people victory.

And as it is in a great number of stories, there is always a character who thinks he is doing good, but is blinded by the dragons magic. In one particular instance, there are a group of God’s people who are strangely like the group that believed the report of the 10 spies. They believe that the Giants are too big, and too numerous to be defeated. In fact, they believe that it is necessary for the Giants to defeat God’s people, and to take over the earth. And only then at the very end, after everything is destroyed and there is no hope, only then will the savior return to defeat all the dragons and giants, and that by almost destroying this world. But, in a twist, this time the savior would rule from one of the ancient cities of earth, the one that He was killed in fact. But his “reign” will last for 1000 years. In this 1000 year kingdom, the whole thing happens all over again: the good King fails to keep his kingdom from being sieged by the dragon. It is attacked again, and only then at the very end, when that world is about to be destroyed by the dragon, does the Good king destroy it finally to build a new heaven and new earth where there will no longer be any dragons, or giants, or dark magic of death.

Now, if I were a dragon, I think it would be a very advantageous thing to get the enemy to believe that I was going to succeed in my mission, and that any attempt by them to defeat me would be ultimately futile, for then they would be hindering the coming of their savior, who of course is only going to come when it gets so bad that the only one who in fact could do anything about it would be God. That seems like a good little lie to tell these church people, so that whenever they see how bad things are, they will remain in their little churches and wait for the savior to come, instead of actually obeying their God, who promised them victory over me. Ha! They have all believed the lies of the 10 spies again, when in fact if they would have believed the report of the 2 postmillennial spies we might have all been killed some time ago. But as it turns out, because of these people’s unbelief, God had sworn in His wrath that they would not enter His rest. These fools are repeating the same sin again, and yet this time they think that by doing so they are being faithful and obedient. As long as I can continue to get them to believe that there are Giants in the land, and they are grasshoppers in our sights, we have the victory!