Jon: There’s this crazy story at the
beginning of the Bible we have Adam and Eve and they in there in the Garden of Eden. Tim: And everything in the garden is great exactly is it should be except there’s this one tree that they’re told
by God not to eat from because it’s dangerous and it will kill them. Jon: So that’s it, just avoid this fruit tree and we are fine? Tim: Right, it seems pretty simple. But in this garden there’s a snake and it starts telling a different story. It says that if you eat of this tree it is not going to kill you in fact it’s going to make you become
like God. Jon: And Adam and Eve, they believe the snake and the the fruit. Tim: And because it is this the goodness of the garden is tragically lost and
the evil and death enters into God’s good world. Jon: Now, why is there a talking snake in the garden? I mean this thing is a
problem. Tim: Yeah, it is very strange, and even more strange is the fact that the Bible doesn’t say why or how this thing even got there. It simply
presents the snake as this creature who’s in rebellion against God
and wants to get other people to doubt God’s goodness and
lead them on a path toward death. And so whatever this snake is, it’s the source of evil that pervades
our world and our lives even still today Jon: But there is some hope because right
here in the story God makes this really interesting promise to Adam and Eve. Tim: That someone is going to come in the
future, a son of Eve, and this guys gonna common is gonna
crash the Serpent’s head and destroy evil at its source. However during this battle t he serpent is going to bite this guy’s heal. Jon: So it’s like I’m mutual destruction Tim: Yes. It is a strange and beautiful promise and just hanging there until the next key moment in the story… …when God singled out this guy named
Abraham and says that through his family
goodness and blessing is going to be restored back to all of the nations in
the world and as we follow this family we get to one
of Abraham’s great-grandsons, this guy named Judah. and he receives this promise that a king
is going to come from his line and that the whole world is going to follow
this king, and he’s going to bring peace and harmony and there will be lots of food and wine and milk in vineyard and
it’s going to be awesome. Jon: The first king that we meet from the
line of Judah is a guy named King David and he’s a hero maybe he is the Snake
Crusher Tim: But it turns out that David is infected
with the same evil as the rest of humanity. He never
crushes the snake just the opposite. However God
makes a promise to David that this king is going to eventually come from his
line. But as you go on in the story one by one each generation of his sons
they’re just total chumps they give in to the snake, they
choose evil they go after money and sex and
power and following other gods. Jon: Things get so bad that they run the nation of Israel right into the ground and the big bad
Empire of Babylon just takes them out. Tim: So now there are no
more Kings to even fulfill this promise. Jon: So seems like the whole plan is lost. Tim: But during these dark days there’s these crazy group of guys called Prophets and they kept talking about this
coming King and reminding us of the promise that he’ll come he will defeat
evil and restore the garden. Now one specific
profit Isaiah – he tells us more about why this King is
bitten Isaiah says that the promised King
receives this wound because of humanity’s evil, and that it
kills him. But then all of a sudden he comes back
and Isaiah says that is because he suffered this wound that he can now become a source of
healing to other people. Jon: But the Old Testament ends and the snake crushing King that everyone’s been talking about never shows up. Tim: And that is why when the
New Testament begins it introduces us to Jesus of Nazareth not as some random guy but as someone
who comes to fulfill these specific ancient promises. Jon: Yeah, we learn that he’s from the line of David, Judah, and Abraham. Tim: And he goes around Israel
announcing that the goodness of God’s kingdom is
here now and he begins confronting the affects of evil on
people by healing them by forgiving them of their sins and evil Jon: Many people are now believing that this is in fact the promised King Tim: Bit Jesus began telling his closest
followers that he was going to become king and bring peace by taking the full effect if humanity’s
evil into himself. Jon: That fatal snake bite wound. Tim: And so it seems like the serpent wins and this story actually would be a
tragedy except for what happens next. Jesus rises from the dead. Jon: A nd now Jesus has the
power over evil and death for himself. Tim: So the rest at the New
Testament is then making this claim the Jesus’ power over evil and death
has now become available to us to begin confronting the effects
evil in our own lives. Jon: But even still, death and evil are a real
problem in our world all around us. Tim: And so the story of the Bible ends by describing this future day when
Jesus comes back and he finishes the job. He destroys the
snake once and for all, and he restores the goodness at the garden here on earth