Friday, 1 June 2012

2 seedline simplified

The Covenant of Grace

A Tale of Two Seeds – part 1


The Gospel first preached, the “two seeds” first prophesied:

Genesis 3:
14 So the LORD God said to the serpent:
“ Because you have done this,
You are cursed more than all cattle,
And more than every beast of the
field; On your belly you shall go,
And you shall eat dust
All the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her
Seed; He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel.”

“I will put enmity . . .” --- God promises to sanctify the woman and her Seed, graciously removing her allegiance to Satan, and therefore restoring her and her descendants to peace and fellowship with God.
Two lines of descendants are promised: the seed of the serpent, and the seed of the woman.
Christ is “her Seed”. This prophecy is ultimately about the coming Messiah who will defeat Satan (bruise the head of the serpent) by Himself taking punishment for our sins (His heel bruised by the serpent).

Now, in Genesis 4-5, we get to see the “two seeds”, the two prominent lines of descendants from Eve:

The Seed of the Serpent:
Genesis 4:
1 Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain
8 Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him

16 Then Cain went out from the presence of the LORD and dwelt in the land of Nod on the east of Eden. 17 And Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch. And he built a city, and called the name of the city after the name of his son—Enoch. 18 To Enoch was born Irad; and Irad begot Mehujael, and Mehujael begot Methushael, and Methushael begot Lamech. 19 Then Lamech took for himself two wives: the name of one was Adah, and the name of the second was Zillah. 20 And Adah bore 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 harp and flute. 22 And as for Zillah, she also bore Tubal-Cain, an instructor of every craftsman in bronze and iron. And the sister of Tubal-Cain was Naamah. 23 Then Lamech said to his wives: “Adah and Zillah, hear my voice; Wives of Lamech, listen to my speech! For I have killed a man for wounding me, Even a young man for hurting me. 24 If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, Then Lamech seventy-sevenfold.”

The Seed of the Woman:
Genesis 4:
2 Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel.
25 And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and named him Seth, “For God has appointed another seed for me instead of Abel, whom Cain killed.”
26 And as for Seth, to him also a son was born; and he named him Enosh. Then men began to call on the name of the LORD.

Genesis 5:
3 And Adam . . . begot a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.
6 Seth . . . begot Enosh.
9 Enosh . . . begot Cainan.
12 Cainan . . . begot Mahalalel.
15 Mahalalel . . . Jared.
18 Jared . . . begot Enoch.
21 Enoch . . . begot Methuselah. 22 After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters. 23 So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. 24 And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.

25 Methuselah . . . begot Lamech.
28 Lamech . . . had a son. 29 And he called his name Noah, saying, “This one will comfort us concerning our work and the toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD has cursed.”
32 And Noah . . . begot Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

Summary of the “two seeds” in Genesis 4-5:
The Seed of the Serpent:
Cain – murderer
Lamech – polygamist and murderer

* No one in Cain’s line is said to be a follower of God or pleasing to God.

The Seed of the Woman:
 Abel – one who pleased God
Seth – The new seed of the woman; God gave him to replace Abel
Enosh – associated with men calling upon God
Enoch – walked with God for 300 years, and then was translated, without dying
Noah – righteous in God’s sight
Shem – blessed of God – ancestor to Abraham & ultimately to Jesus
* None of the woman’s seed, from Seth to Noah, are said to be displeasing to God.

 article by Joseph M. Gleason - March, 2006

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