HBS Group – Genesis 3:15
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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...
"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:
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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?
"…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.
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.
"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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
"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...