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Revelation 22:20

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The Bible is the only source of Divine Truth in the world today. Although it is helpful and informative in many ways, the Bible might not tell us everything we want to know but the Bible does tell us everything we need to know.

My role is to guide you through the Scriptures; to explain what this book says and in some cases what it does not say because this is just as important.

Ultimately, you have a decision to make concerning your salvation - no one can make it for you. The Lord Jesus Christ, the Creator God, has given everyone the ability to make choices - this is is called "Free Will." I pray you consider your choice wisely.

II Timothy 2:15

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Cain and Abel

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(Lesson 14)

Genesis 4:3-25

In our last lesson, we learned that Adam changed his wife’s name to Eve which means Mother of all the living. By doing so, Adam demonstrated faith in what God had revealed to him. God told Adam that he would live, for a time, and they would have children, but their environment would be under the curse.

Because Adam believed, God then did all that needed to be done to restore their relationship.
This is one of the most simplistic salvation experiences you will find in all of Scripture. I can’t explain it. But I accept it on faith.

Genesis 3:21

The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them.

To pick up the Spiritual significance of God’s action, please turn with me to the book of Isaiah.

Isaiah 61:10
I will rejoice greatly in the LORD, My soul will exult in my God; For He has (what?) clothed me with garments of righteousness.

It was God who “clothed” them (Adam and Eve) in righteousness.

Apart from God’s love and grace, our self-righteousness accounts for nothing. What “triggers” God to act in our favor, enabling us to be recipients of His grace, is our FAITH in Him. Our salvation experience today is based on what Jesus Christ accomplished for us and not on anything we have done.

Romans 5:8

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Of course, this salvation must be appropriated. How is that done? By believing that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and then rose again on the third day, according to the Scriptures. (1 COR 15:1-4)
This is the gospel of grace by which mankind is saved today.

So faith has always been a part of the salvation experience, but you cannot omit the blood.
It involves both of these absolutes.

Romans 5:9

Much more then, having now been justified by His (What?) blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.

Let’s get back to Adam and Eve outside the garden. The Bible does not say how much time has gone by. The Bible does not reveal the ages of Cain or Abel when we pick up the story in chapter four, verse three.

Genesis 4
3: So it came about in the course of time that Cain brought an offering to the LORD of the fruit of the ground.

We’re going to come back to this verse shortly. Let’s read on.

4: Abel, on his part also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and for his offering;

5: but for Cain and for his offering He (The LORD) had no regard. So Cain became very angry and his countenance fell.

6: Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen?”

7: “If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.”

Let’s look at verse three more closely because there is more going on here than meets the eye.

Where did Cain get the idea that he had to bring an offering to the LORD, and why?
Why did God reject Cain’s offering while accepting Abel’s?

We’ll look at each question separately.

1) Where did Cain get the idea he needed to bring an offering to the LORD?

A few lessons back, God confronted Adam and Eve in the garden after they had sinned, and God punished them. Then God made garments of skin for both Adam and Eve, and He “clothed them.” Genesis 3:21

Adam and Eve were aware of their nakedness after their sin. We know this because they put some fig leaves together and used these to cover themselves. They covered their naked bodies but they could not “cover” up their sin. And there’s the problem.

Sometime prior to Adam and Eve being evicted from the Garden of Eden, God told them that He would accept them on the basis of their faith. And when they sinned, a blood sacrifice would be required of them.

Again, this is implied and we know it’s true because both Cain and Abel brought offerings to the LORD God.

You’re going to hear the word FAITH over and over again. I want you to understand what faith is and why it is so important in a believers experience with God. Please turn to the book of Hebrews.

Hebrews 11

1: Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

2: For by it (faith) the men of old (Now watch this) gained approval.

Approval from whom? God! Faith was absolutely essential in the salvation process. It still is today. Faith has always played a role in how God deals with individuals and nations. This has not changed.

The simplest definition of faith I have found is this: Faith = taking God at His word.

When Adam took God at His word, back there in the garden, then God did the rest. But faith came first.
So, this symbolic act of God in Genesis 3:21 is a fore shadow of what the Redeemer accomplished for all of mankind by His shed blood.

You know what a fore shadow is? It’s a “slight suggestion” or “a hint” of something that is to come.
Having been a sailor at one time, I became aware of by experience a saying from days of old.
It went like this: “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight.” “Red sky at morning, sailors take warning.”
What does this mean?

If you witnessed a red sky at daybreak, there was a high probability of stormy weather coming that day.
It was a fore shadow of an event to come.

You may ask, why did blood need to be shed? Another Good question. Let’s find the answer.
God told Noah that the “life” was in the blood.

Genesis 9:

4: “Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.”

5: “Surely I will require your lifeblood; from every beast I will require it. And from every man, from every man’s brother I will require the life of man.”

In Hebrews chapter nine, we find one of God’s absolutes:

Hebrews 9: 22: b …and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

Please know this. The blood of sheep and goats could not take away sin. If that were true, ask yourself, why did the Jewish priests offer sacrifices day after day, month after month, and year after year for the people’s sins? Please turn to the book of Hebrews chapter 10.

Hebrews 10

1: For the LAW (This is the Mosaic Law), since it has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the very form of things, (Now watch this) can never, by the same sacrifices which they offer (How often?) continually year by year, make perfect those who draw near.

2: Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, because the worshippers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have had consciousness of sins?

3: But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year by year.
(There was no power in the LAW to take away sin or to save).
Let’s go to II Corinthians chapter three.

I Corinthians 3I

5: Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God.

6: who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter (The Ten Commandments) but of the Spirit; for the letter (Does what?) kills, but the Spirit gives life.

The LAW only makes you aware of sin. In affect, the LAW kills.

Return with me to the book of Hebrews to finish up this thought.

Hebrews 10:4

For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

The blood of animals covered the sins. It did not erase them. Instead of seeing our sin, God saw the blood; and this act of faith saved men from God’s wrath. When Jesus Christ shed His divine blood on the cross, His substitutionary death permits salvation to all those who believe.

Hebrews 10:12

But He (Jesus Christ), having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD,

Turn to the book of Romans. This is the apostle Paul speaking to the believers in Rome.

Romans 3

23: for all have sinned (Jew and Gentile) and fall short of the glory of God,

24: being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is Christ Jesus (AND NO OTHER).

25: whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation (Bring disputing sides together; How?) in His blood (It is the blood of Christ Jesus that saves us and this) through faith (Plus nothing).

Romans 5

18: So then as through one transgression (the sin of Adam) (How many?) all men, there resulted condemnation toeven so through one act of righteousness (Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross) there resulted justification of life to (How many) all men.

19: For as through one man’s disobedience (Adam’s willful act of disobedience) the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One, (Jesus) the many will be made righteous.

So, God has declared that the life is in the blood and that without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin. That takes care of our first question. On to question number two.

2) Why did God reject Cain’s offering while accepting Abel’s?
Let’s go back to this verse and inspect it.

Genesis 4:3

So it came about in the course of time that Cain brought an offering to the LORD of the fruit of the ground.

When we researched question number one, we discovered that God demanded a “blood” sacrifice or “offering” for sin. What did Cain bring as an offering to God? “…fruit of the ground.

According to Scripture, Cain was a farmer. Cain worked the ground to produce crops for food. Abel, his brother, tended flocks of probably sheep, goats, etc.

When the time came to bring an offering to the LORD, Cain brought fruit. However, God demanded a blood sacrifice not fruits and vegetables. Cain’s disregard for God’s command demonstrated a lack of faith in what He had said. In comparison, Abel’s offering was according to God’s word.

Hebrews 11

4: By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained the testimony that he was (what?) righteous, (How? He believed God).

There is the difference. This is why God was disappointed with Cain and his offering (verse four).
God’s rejection made Cain angry. God confronted him and told him that he must be wary of sin “crouching at his door;” evidence that the LORD God knew Cain’s heart.

Evidently, Cain had a problem with God. Cain chose his own way of approaching God and on his terms.
Cain “reasoned” instead of taking God at His word. Doesn’t mankind continue to do this very thing today?
Of course they do.

Cain became jealous of his brother and the positive attention he received from God.
Jealousy turned to anger. Anger became rage. And rage “acted upon” became a terrible sin.

Genesis 4

8: Cain told Abel his brother. And it came about when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.

9: Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” And he said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”

10: He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to Me from the ground.”

11: “Now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand.

12: “When you cultivate the ground, it will no longer yield its strength to you; you will be a vagrant and a wanderer on the earth.”

13: Cain said to the LORD, “My punishment is too great to bear!

14: “Behold, You have driven me this day from the face of the ground; and from Your face I will be hidden, and I will be a vagrant and a wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.”

Here’s another first. Cain is throwing the first pity party!

15: So the LORD said to him, “Therefore, whoever kills Cain, vengeance will be taken on him sevenfold.” And the LORD appointed a sign for Cain, so that no one finding him would slay him.

16: Then Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden.

According to Genesis, the Land of Nod is located "to the east of Eden" and Cain went there when he was banished after murdering his brother. The Hebrew word “nod” means "wandering".

Indeed, Cain worried that he would become a wanderer without a territory to call his own, but this did not happen. Instead, Cain built a settlement significant enough to be remembered as a “city” (Gen. 4:17).
Cain named that settlement after his son, Enoch. The central African equivalent of Enoch is “Nok”.

Cain's Efforts to Rid Himself of Guilt

The first effort of Cain had to do with his own philosophy of discipline. This was the thing that was the bitterness in his soul now. His problem was no longer Abel because Abel was dead and could not hurt him. It was the unfair way in which God had disciplined him.

His punishment was unreasonable, unloving, and unnecessary in Cain's view.
Now Cain was experiencing bitter regret at what he had done. But regret is not the same as repentance.

Most men regret the things they have done which have brought them guilt but they are not repentant.
Like Cain, they are not sorry for what they have done to their family, their friends, to their parents, and to God. They are only sorry for themselves and for that of which they think they have deprived themselves. This is exactly how it was with Cain.

Enoch-The Man and the City

He named his first son Enoch. This is the Hebrew word Chanowk (khan-oke') and it means dedicated, disciplined, initiated, or trained up. Cain named the city that he built Enoch, or the City of Discipline and Training.

Enoch named his son Irad. This is the Hebrew `Iyrad (ee-rawd') and it means fleet of foot, or in other words, a runaway or a fugitive. This shows that Enoch not only considered himself and his family to be fugitives from God, but that he hoped his son would have the courage (which he lacked) to break away from this legalistic city and look for truth in some other place and way.

As soon as he was old enough, Irad did flee from Cain and his heartless religion. But like those who had gone before him, he continued to be religious. Irad looked for God and for truth. He did have a conscience, and felt the sting of God's judgment on his grandfather and his children. He named his son Mehujael. This is the Hebrew M^echuwyaOel (mekh-oo-yaw-ale') or MechiyyaOel (mekh-ee-yaw-ale') which means Smitten of God. Irad's view of God had been clouded by the cruel, autocratic religion of his grandfather.
The only God he knew was the one who had reportedly mistreated Cain and who had caused him, who professed to be right and to honor God, to brutalize his own father.

Mahujael was committed to religion and to God and named his son Methusael. This is the word MethuwshaOel (meth-oo-shaw-ale') which means the man who is of God. No doubt this came from his tradition and his sincere interest in God and his family origins. He had heard the stories of how Eve had said of his grandfather, "I have gotten a man from the Lord." Methusael tried to live up to this name and tradition and became a religious teacher, passing along to his son the old stories. But like all religious humanism-the good intentions and the best efforts of man instead of that which i s of God-every effort failed. The stories and the lessons became distorted and things went from bad to worse.

Religion-Not Faith

Nowhere in this line of Cain is their any mention of Abel's sacrifice and of any of Cain's descendants bringing the “blood sacrifice.” No doubt this was not a part of their religious heritage.
This was the thing that had brought about Cain's downfall, and it is most likely that he did not encourage it among his people. Indeed, he may have kept it from them entirely.
Like their infamous patriarch, Cain's decedents believed in the inherent goodness of man, in religion, in good works, and in doing the best one could. They dwelt on the East of Eden.

Let’s return to the Bible text.

Genesis 4

17: Cain had relations with his wife and she conceived, and gave birth to Enoch; and he built a city, and called the name of the city Enoch, after the name of his son.

18: Now to Enoch was born Irad and Irad became the father of Mehujael, and Mehujael became the father of Methushael, and Methushael became the father of Lamech.

19: Lamech took to himself two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other, Zillah.

20: Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the father of those who dwell in tents and have livestock.

21: His brother’s name was Jubal; he was the father of all those who play the lyre and the pipe.

22: As for Zillah, she also gave birth to Tubal-cain, the forger of all implements of bronze and iron; and the sister of Tubal-cain was Naamah.

If you read carefully the verses above, you’ll note this is a record of marriages and births.
It also gives us some information as to their chosen professions.

Adah lived in tents and they had livestock.
His brother Jabal was the father of those who played musical instruments.
Tubal-cain was a metal worker.

This must have been a thriving city, busy in commerce, buying and selling articles, and items which they made from hand. Hardly an ignorant society wouldn’t you say?

23: Lamech said to his wives, “Adah and Zillah, (Yes, Lamech is the first polygamist. He has taken two wives.) Listen to my voice, You wives of Lamech, Give heed to my speech, For I have killed a man for wounding me; And a boy for striking me;

24: If Cain is avenged sevenfold, then Lamech seventy-sevenfold.”

There is much speculation and disagreement on these two verses.

Some see this statement by Lamech as bragging on his accomplishments. Others say this is a statement of regret and judgment to come. I would offer a third possibility.

Perhaps Lamech is simply stating that because these two individuals wronged him he took matters into his own hands and killed them. The text does not clearly reveal its meaning; so I choose to leave this matter with the LORD. This is known: this is the second record of deaths, by the hand of man, in Scripture.
Lamech has struck down two males probably with “the sword.”

His son, the child of Zillah named Tubal-cain, was a metal-worker, and the inventor of weapons such as spears and swords. And now Scripture picks up again with two of our main characters.

25: Adam had relations with his wife again; and she gave birth to a son, and named him Seth, for, she said, “God has appointed me another offspring in place of Abel, for Cain killed him.”

26: To Seth, to him also a son was born; and he called his name Enosh. Then men began to call upon the name of the LORD.

When Seth grew up, he had a son and named him Enosh (Enoch).
It was during his lifetime that men first began to call themselves "The Lord's people."
This was the first man to invoke (to call upon a greater power such as God for help) the name of Jehovah" - The Eternal and the Immutable One.

Scripture does not reveal this information to us, but once again I believe it is implied knowledge because of the text. Adam talked to his offspring about God and His ways. He told them of their days in Eden, their fall from grace, and then their exile from the garden. He informed them that they needed to obey the LORD God, believe in Him, and in what He had said in regard to sin offerings, and the shedding of blood.

Adam’s son Seth evidently listened and took these truths to heart because we see the evidence of this in Scripture. Seth passed this information about God to his son Enosh (Enoch) who according to the text “began to call upon the name of the LORD.”

It is a reminder for us today that we should pass on our knowledge of God to our children, and our loved ones. Not only are we to speak about God and His ways to those we love, we are to live our lives so as to be an example of God’s grace to others.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

"The Seed of the Woman"

HBS Group – Genesis 3:15
Lesson 13

Thanks for taking the time to be here tonight.

We're still in chapter three of Genesis and for good reason. As I've said, the book of Genesis is the book of “beginnings.” Understanding chapter three of Genesis, is crucial to your understanding the Scriptures from here on. That's why we've spent so much time picking these “things” apart. My goal is for you to understand what it is you believe and then know why it is you believe it! So, let's get back to it.
To quickly review what we covered earlier in Genesis chapter three, we learned that Adam chose to disobey God's command to leave the tree of the knowledge of good and evil alone. However, the Woman (Remember she is not known as Eve yet) was DECEIVED by the devil. Does this make a difference? The Bible says yes, it does.

Romans 5:12

Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to
(How many?) all men, because all (have) sinned.

The Bible does not include the Woman’s disobedient act in the fall of all of mankind, even though she ate first, just the man – Adam.

1 Timothy 2:13-14

13: For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve. 14: And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.

And then they were brought back into fellowship with God by virtue of the blood of the slain animals and something else of importance.

Adam believed what God said. Most people overlook this truth. But Adam exercised his FAITH! What is FAITH? Faith is taking God at His word! It's not complicated. God said it. I believe it. And that's that!

Let's look at this act of faith exhibited by both Adam and Eve at this time in history and why it was so important to the rest of mankind.
Lets go to Genesis 3:20 to pick up this teaching and note the sequence of events.
1. Adam changes the Woman's name to Eve.
2. God acts in their favor, according to His mercy, after they demonstrated faith in what He told them.

Genesis 3:20

Now the man called his wife's name Eve, because she was (Going to be what?) the mother of all the living. Let's back up just a bit to Genesis chapter two.

God's warning to Adam (Remember the Woman was not created yet) was this; The LORD God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.” Genesis 2:16-17

At this time, there was no death in God's perfect world. Yet, I have to believe that Adam had some understanding of what God meant when He spoke of “death.” Adam was not ignorant.

Sometimes, in your Bible study, you have to learn to “read between the lines.” This is one of those instances and I don't think any harm is done to Scripture by doing so.
After their sin, God informs them of the consequences.

Genesis 3:19

“By the sweat of your face You will eat bread,
(And here it is) Till you return to the ground, because from it you were taken; (Now God drives the point home) For you are dust, And to dust you shall return.”

No mistaking what verse nineteen means. You don't need to be a Bible scholar to figure it out. Because of their sin Adam and the Woman would experience death.
If you doubt this truth, please turn with me to Genesis chapter five. Two things I want to point out:
1. Chapter five is a “recap” of earlier events up to verse four.
2. Then we find starting in verse five a record of years lived by named individuals and their (What?) deaths! Also, note the number of years each person lived after Adam became fewer and fewer.

Knowing that one day they would experience “this death”, Adam opts to change his wife's name to Eve which means, “mother of all the living.” What just happened?

God must have told Adam that he and the Woman would be able to bring their offspring into the world, but life would not be easy for them. The Bible does not reveal this, but it is implied by the text and Adam's action in verse 20. When Adam changed the Woman's name to Eve, he demonstrated faith by taking God at His word.

And now God moves in and does what needs to be done for them. Since these two were going to live, for a time, something else had to die. There had to be a substitute sacrifice. Blood had to be shed. This is not spoken of in the text either, however, there can be no mistaking what happens next in verse 21.

Genesis 3:21

The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them.

These “skins” came from animals. The Bible does not say what kind of animal so we won't speculate. But here's the thing. These animals were slain by the LORD God, their blood was shed, their lives were forfeited, in order for Adam and now Eve to experience a relationship with God based on their FAITH.

God provided the blood sacrifice, first and foremost, and then being clothed by the righteousness of God; they were also clothed by the animal skins to cover their physical nakedness. What cannot be overlooked at this point in Scripture is their exercise of faith which is marked by both their actions and their statements.
They trusted God. They took God at His Word.

Then because of their rebellion and their sin; they had to be removed from the Garden of Eden.

Genesis 3:22

Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever;

Here God, again, demonstrates His love for man. To ensure that Adam, and Eve, would not be able to eat from the tree of (eternal) life and live forever in their fallen state, God takes action to protect them from themselves.

Genesis 3

23: therefore, the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he had been taken. 24: So He drove the man out;

and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.

Now it's interesting to note that this is the last time you will come across “the tree of life” in your Bible until you reach the book of Revelation chapter 22. Once again, the book of beginnings ties in so well with the book of endings.

As we come into Genesis, chapter 4, we have an entirely different set of circumstances. Since sin has now entered the picture, there is a necessity for man to get back into a right relationship with God.

Adam and Eve are no longer under the light easy keeping of the Garden as they were before, and now they’re going to go out and make their way by the sweat of the brow.

Now they’re going to have to live under the effects of the curse.
They’ll have to fight against thistles, thorns, weeds, insects, stress, poison ivy, and everything else that the curse brought in. They are going to be raising children, but always remember this environment is under the curse.

Now Adam and Eve are living outside the Garden of Eden. We don’t know how much time has passed because the Bible doesn’t tell us. But time marches on...

Genesis 4:1

"Now the man had relations with his wife Eve; and she conceived and gave birth to Cain,
(their first child) and she said, “I have gotten a manchild with the help of the LORD."

There are some Bible translations that say, "…with the help of Jehovah" and still others, which I prefer, that say this is better translated, "I have gotten a man child, even Jehovah."
Now think about Eve's statement.

A literal translation of the Hebrew text for Genesis 4:1 would read:

Now the man had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain, and she said, “I have gotten a man: Jehovah.”

Few Bible translators really understand what Eve is saying here, which is why our English translations do not read as given above. Eve has clearly understood from God’s words in Genesis 3:15 that the serpent will be defeated by a God-Man. She obviously thinks that Cain is this God-Man or Jehovah.

Her basic theology is correct: The Messiah would be both Man and God. Her mistake is in her application of that theology. She assumed that Cain was the promised God-Man.
When you consider her statement, at the birth of her son, Eve obviously listened to what God had promised and believed Him. Eve looked expectantly to the day of childbirth because based on God’s promise, she could potentially be the one chosen by God to give birth to the Redeemer.

Come back now to chapter chapter three. The LORD God or Jehovah is addressing Satan in verse 14 and 15, but verse 15 is the one we are going to look at:

Genesis 3:15

And I (Jehovah) will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed;

Remember we pointed out this is foretelling this long run of hostility between the powers of Satan and especially the Son of God who would be coming on the scene as the Redeemer. Please turn with me in your Bibles to Galatians chapter three so we can see what Scripture has to say about this. The whole idea of Bible study is to compare Scripture with Scripture, so that's what we'll do.

Remember: What is concealed in the O.T. is often revealed in the N.T.

Now the Seed of the woman is unique in verse 15 of Genesis chapter three, but we have to follow that Seed all the way through Scripture because, like I said, it was looking forward to the coming of the Redeemer. This Bible verse reveals it so plainly.

Galatians 3:16

Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as referring to many, but rather to one, “And to your seed,” that is, Christ.

So, the Lord Jesus Christ is the "The Seed of the woman.”

By stating the Messiah would come from the seed (not seeds) of Abraham, God is telling us the Messiah would come from the Hebrew race. Where do I get that information? Look again at the previous verse.

The promise, from God, was directed to Abraham and his (What?) seed. Abraham is known throughout Scripture as the father of the Hebrews. Let’s go to where this promise begins in our Bibles.

Genesis 12:1-2

Now the LORD (Jehovah) said to Abram, “Go forth from your country, And from your relatives And from your father’s house, To the land which I will show you; 2: And I will make you a great nation,

So ask yourself a question here. How many people, by definition, make up
a nation, one, two, or a dozen?

The answer: thousands, hundreds of thousands, even millions make up a nation. Let’s review a few more verses from the O.T.

Here is another one. This is the prophet Isaiah speaking.

Isaiah 51:2
Look to (Who?) Abraham your (What?) father…

Let’s skip to the N.T. to follow this thought. Turn to Matthew chapter three. We’ll begin at verse seven in order pick up what this passage is saying.

Matthew 3:7-9

But when he (John the Baptist) saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore, bear fruit in keeping with repentance; 9: and do not suppose (Or believe) that you can say to yourselves, “We have Abraham as our father;” for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham.”

I want to show you one more, but again this theme about Abraham being the father of the Hebrew nation is carried throughout Scripture. Remember, God said that the “Seed of the woman” would come from the Hebrew nation.

Now turn with me to the book of John chapter eight. We’ll begin at verse 54. If you have a red-letter edition, the words of Jesus are in red.

John 8:54

Jesus answered, “If I glorify Myself, My glory is nothing; it is My Father who glorifies Me, of whom you say, “He is our God;” 55: and you have not come to know Him, but I know Him; and If I say that I do not know Him, I will be a liar like you, but I do know Him and keep His word. 56:
(Here it comes and again this is Jesus speaking) Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day and he saw it and was glad.”

Now of course Abraham was not living when Jesus appeared in His earthly ministry, so what was He telling these Jews? Abraham believed what the LORD (Jehovah- The Communicator- The Word)told him back there at the start (Genesis 12).

Abraham looked toward the future concerning the Redeemer and believed God exercising his (What?) faith.

Now then coming back to Genesis chapter four, and verse one, I never like to use the word "assume," because we can never do that with Scripture. But I think it is so perfectly implied here that since God had provided the way back to Himself, by virtue of Adam and Eve’s faith, plus the shed blood of the animals,that they would continue to live, they would continue to have children, and they would be the parents of the human race. God provided that blood sacrifice that was necessary, but faith is always another one of the prerogatives. It has to be faith + the blood offering. Remember what Hebrews teaches us?

Hebrews 9:22b

"…and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness."

Well, forgiveness of what? Sin!

Then for the other element that is required of us is also found in Hebrews.

Hebrews 11:6a

And without faith it is impossible to please him…"

These are two of the absolutes in Scripture. They cannot be denied.

And it was the same way here with Adam and Eve. God provide the blood sacrifice for both of them, but they had to believe what God said thereby demonstrating their FAITH.

Let’s back up again to Genesis 3:15. What does this verse promise? The Seed of the woman would come and with purpose.

So I think the Lord shared a certain amount of information with Adam and Eve about these future events before they were exiled from the garden. Now I don't believe they had any concept of this Redeemer dying on a Roman cross. But they knew enough and they believed it. Adam realized the future contained hope in the promises of the LORD. Alright then let’s get back to Genesis chapter four.

Genesis 4:1b

"I have gotten a manchild with the help of the LORD."

So Eve had this front and center in her thinking, and when this little baby boy (Cain) was born, what did she think? "This is already HIM.” God has already kept His Word. But you see Eve didn’t realize that this event would occur some generations down the line, but she certainly held that thought.

This Redeemer concept runs throughout Scripture. Turn to the book of Job.

Job 19:25

"As for me, (This is Job speaking) I know that my Redeemer lives, And at the last He will take His stand on the earth."

And in the book of Isaiah God reveals Himself to the nation of Israel as their Redeemer.

Isaiah 43:14

Thus says the LORD your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel,

So this whole concept of redemption and the coming of the Messiah are carried throughout the Old Testament. In fact over in the Book of Exodus, what do we normally call that Book? The Book of redemption!
Why, because God “rescued” His covenant people from slavery in Egypt.

The Israelites, or the Hebrews, how ever you want to refer to them, became a nation while enslaved in Egypt. Turn to Genesis chapter fifteen.

Genesis 15

13: God said to Abram, “Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, where they would be oppressed four hundred years.”
14: “But I will also judge the nation
(Egypt) whom they serve, and afterward they will come out with many possessions.”

What most people fail to realize, that while in captivity those four hundred years, the Israelite numbers grew to such a degree that the Pharaoh became troubled. Go to the book of Exodus chapter one.

Exodus 1

8: Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.
(Joseph is the Hebrew who after being sold into slavery by his brothers rose to be the second most powerful individual in Egypt). Now verse nine.

9: He said to his people, “Behold the people of the sons of Israel are more mightier than we.

10: “Come, let us deal wisely with them, or else they will multiply and in the event of war, they will also join themselves to those who hate us, and fight against us and depart from the land.

11: So they appointed taskmasters over them to afflict them with hard labor. And they built for Pharaoh storage cities, Pithom and Raamese.

12: But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and the more they multiplied and the more they spread out, so that they were in dread of the sons of Israel.

The Bible goes on to say that the king of Egypt ordered the Hebrew midwives if they witnessed a son being born to a Hebrew woman, he was to be put to death. A daughter could live. (Exodus 1:15-16)

What I have been showing you is that God promised to send His Son, the Redeemer, who would be Israel’s King, and their Savior. I introduced the account of the Hebrews becoming a nation while under the will of the Egyptians for over four hundred years, as God told Abraham it would be, to demonstrate to you that the overall theme of Exodus is Redemption.

God redeeming Israel from slavery in Egypt is a fore-shadow, or preview, if you will, of God’s promise to come concerning the Redeemer or the Seed of the Woman. But let’s not forget to mention this would all be accomplished by first believing God.

He redeemed them. He bought them back and that is the whole concept of redemption. It is something that you have lost control over, but you buy that control back. Here’s an example most of us can relate to.

I guess just about every American knows what a mortgage is.
Maybe you were fortunate enough that you had a home that was paid for, and then you become unfortunate and had to have some cash, to put the kids through school or whatever. So what do you do with that home that’s been paid for?
You go to the bank and you mortgage that property. Now who has really got control over that mortgaged house? Well your banker does.

You can’t do anything with that house until you have somehow settled that debt with your banker. There is a way you can get that banker out of your hair, and what do you do? You buy that mortgage back, you pay it off, and that’s redemption.

Romans 3:21-25a

"But now apart from the Law
(The Mosaic Law) the righteousness of God has been manifested, (or brought into the spotlight) being witnessed by the law and the Prophets:

22. even the righteousness of God through (What?) faith (In whom?) in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction (that is there is no difference now between Jew and the non-Jew)

23. For all have sinned, (by one man, Adam) and fall short of the glory of God,

24. being justified (How?) as a gift by His grace through the redemption (through the process of buying us back) which is in Christ Jesus.

25. whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation (to appease somebody) in his blood through faith.

It takes these two absolutes we mentioned before, and you can’t shortcut them, or detour around them. Without faith it is impossible to please God and the other one is without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin.

We are redeemed when we believe what God says about the shed blood, about His death, His burial, and His resurrection. (See 1 COR 15:1-4)

Romans 3:24 being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus.

Now let’s look at this system of buying us back. When God put Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, who did Adam and Eve really belong to? Well, the Lord! They were His! He enjoyed their fellowship, He enjoyed their company and they enjoyed His.

But you see when sin entered, and they became sin creatures, now who took control over Adam and Eve and their surroundings? Well Satan did. So God lost them. Satan had them now.

But you see God immediately, in their behalf at least, came in and redeemed them, by virtue of that animal sacrifice, and speaking to them in words that they could understand, and they believed Him, so He redeemed them back to Himself.

So, the Lord Jesus Christ is the "The Seed of the woman.”

I have taken you through Scripture to show you what the Bible says about the Seed of the Woman, who is Christ Jesus, and His purpose for coming. And we know for a fact that He did come. There are over 300 prophecies in the O.T. that foretell of this event and each and every one was fulfilled to the last detail.
But the Israelites missed it. But God knew they would.
Many people are still missing the truth today...