When Joshua defeated the five kings who sent their troops against him at Gilgal he brought them into the public square and ordered his commanders to place their foot on the necks of these kings.

This symbolism of victory over an enemy is used frequently in scripture. In 1 Kings 5:3 we read, “until the Lord put his foes under the soles of his feet.” The psalmist saw present victories as a promise of a day when God would make “Your enemies Your footstool” (110:1; referring to the Messiah). The apostle Paul picks up the same phrase in 1 Corinthians 15:24–25, referring to Jesus Christ’s ultimate victory over sin and death, writing: “Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet.”

In Genesis 3:15 after Satan successfully tempted our first parents to sin, God told them that Satan would crush the Messiah’s heel, but the Messiah, Jesus, would crush his head.” That about settles it! Paul often laments his ongoing battles with evil in life and concludes with the statement, “woe is me, who can deliver me from this body of death?” He goes and says, “But thanks be to God, through Christ Jesus, who give us the victory…”

Christ has given us the victory. We need to live like it!