“Are you going to see the movie?”
“Yeah, I really want to go! Can I, Dad?”
My daughter was riding in our car with her friend Sally. She had been asking me for several days if she could go to a new movie and this weekend seemed like the perfect opportunity.
“You know…” Sally began. “I heard it’s not that great. You know Jake dies, right?”
My daughter’s face dropped. “Sally! I can’t believe you said that! You just ruined the movie!”
The media and the popular press will usually broadcast this statement to warn unsuspecting listeners and viewers that the information they are about to disclose may ruin the plot for an event which others have not yet seen or experienced. While this is usually for a movie or storyline, events that have already occurred may also fall under this heading, such as the final score for a sporting event or the winner of a much-anticipated race. If one does not hear the warning of a spoiler alert, the revealing of the result will elicit certain disappointment and even anger. Unfortunately, for my daughter, there was no spoiler alert, much to her displeasure.
…when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him.
Deuteronomy 18:22 (ESV)
Prophets, speaking for and enlightened by God, prophesied future events. They were held to the highest standard and were put to death if their prophecies were false or did not come true. By warning others of God’s judgment, they were the ancient equivalent of spoiler alerts.
At the risk of sounding irreverent, God is the ultimate origin of spoiler alerts. When the perfect world that He created was stained with the entry of sin through Adam and Eve’s disobedience, His ultimate plan of redemption was already in place. God, the Author and Creator of all history, revealed the plot line for the human race.
I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
Genesis 3:15 (ESV)
Thousands of years later, God would send His Son, Jesus Christ, to be born as a Man, the offspring of a woman. Jesus would live a perfect life as a Man but would die carrying the full burden of everyone’s sins on the Cross. Three days later, God would resurrect Him, conquering Satan’s power of sin and death and forever bruising his head.
Satan is defeated through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. God and the Prophets revealed the plot line and its inevitable conclusion through the Bible. No matter what lies Satan and the world tells us, God will be triumphant and offers salvation and eternal life to all who confess and repent of their sins and accept Jesus Chris as Lord and Savior.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.