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THE HIGHWAY OF THE SEED: FROM THE GARDEN OF EDEN TO THE INCARNATION PART 10


Sub–Topic: The Incarnation.

Foundation text: Isaiah 7:14; 9:6-7

A. INTRODUCTION.

In our study so far, we have seen that the seed of the woman spoken of in Genesis 3:15 must be the seed of Abraham who must be the seed of Isaac and also come from the nation of Israel, i.e. Jacob. Amongst the sons of Jacob who formed the tribes of Israel, God chose the tribe of Judah to be the one to produce the seed of the woman that will bruise the head of the serpent. Authority was conferred on Judah, “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor a lawgiver from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes; And to Him shall be the obedience of the people.” (Genesis 49:10). The one who is referred to as Shiloh here is He that is the expectation of nations coming to deliver the nations from the dominion of the power of darkness. “The sceptre shall not be taken away from Juda, nor a ruler from his thigh, till he come that is to be sent, and he shall be the expectation of nations” (Genesis 49:10, Douay-Rheims)

We have also seen that the Shiloh who is to come is the seed of David. He is the son of the virgin and he would come from Bethlehem Ephrathah which is the home town of David, (Micah 5:2).

In this study we will be looking at the manifestation of the seed of the woman.

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THE HIGHWAY OF THE SEED: FROM THE GARDEN OF EDEN TO THE INCARNATION PART 1


In this study we shall endeavour to trace the emergence of Jesus Christ from the scriptures. Our objective for doing this is to make it abundantly clear that Jesus Christ did not just suddenly appear on the stage of human history and proclaim Himself as the Messiah or the Christ. Long before His birth in Bethlehem, God spoke directly and indirectly through the prophets about His Advent and what He was going to do on earth. Jesus’ life and ministry on earth was a fulfilment of God’s plan for man’s redemption which He began to unveil from the time man fell in the Garden of Eden.

FOUNDATION TEXT: Genesis 3:1-15.

 After the fall of man, God said: “... 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.” verse 15 (NKJV).
One of the consequences of the fall of man is that enmity will exist between the serpent and the woman, between the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent.


Question 1: What does God mean when He said that the seed of the woman will bruise the head of the serpent and why did He say so?

Answer: According to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, the word bruise means to overwhelm: to break, to cover.

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THE HIGHWAY OF THE SEED: FROM THE GARDEN OF EDEN TO THE INCARNATION PART 6


Sub-Topic: The Abrahamic Covenant.

Introduction:

In our previous study, we saw the circumstances surrounding the call of Abram: At the time humanity was steeped in idolatry, God called Abram to leave his country, his family, and his father’s house to go to a land that He would show him. We also examined the call of Abram: where God called him from, what God required him to do, what God promised him and the objective of the call. In this study, we shall be examining Abram’s obedience to this call.

ABRAM’S OBEDIENCE TO THE CALL: Genesis 12:4-9

The first step in Abram’s obedience to the call of God was to leave Haran and go to the land of Canaan. Verse 4, tells us that he was seventy five years old when he started the journey. He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all his possessions and all the people he had acquired in Haran and departed to go to the land of Canaan.

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THE HIGHWAY OF THE SEED: FROM THE GARDEN OF EDEN TO THE INCARNATION PART 9


Sub-Topic: The Seed of Abraham.

Introduction.

Out of the family of idolaters, the God of glory appeared to Abram in Ur of the Chaldeans and told him to get out of his father’s house and come to a land that He will show him (Genesis 12:1-3). When Abram’s father died, he obeyed this call and left Haran for Canaan. In the course of his sojourn in Canaan, God cut a covenant with him, changed his name from Abram to Abraham and gave him the token of this covenant which was the circumcision of the foreskin of his flesh (Genesis 17). Much later we see Abraham’s fidelity to that covenant being tested when God demanded for his only son, Isaac, whom he loved, as a burnt offering (Genesis 22:2).

In this study, we want to look at the seed of Abraham, the things God said concerning the seed of Abraham and the connection between the seed of Abraham and the seed of the woman whom God spoke of in Genesis 3:15.

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THE HIGHWAY OF THE SEED: FROM THE GARDEN OF EDEN TO THE INCARNATION PART 8


Sub-Topic: The Abrahamic Covenant (contd.)

Text: Genesis 16: 1-16; 17:1-27.

 Question 5:

If Abram believed in the Lord as the scripture says in Genesis 15 : 6, why did he agree with Sarai’s plan to go in to Hagar so that he can have an offspring?

Answer.

When God told Abram that Eliezer of Damascus will not be his heir but that his offspring would come from his own body, Abram believed the Lord. He was not told specifically that Sarai his wife would be the one to give birth to that offspring. Sarai Abram’s wife was barren and she was convinced that it was not possible for her to have children for Abram (Genesis 11:30). Based on the culture of that day, Sarai gave Abram her maid Hagar because the child she would give birth to would be hers (Genesis 16:1-2).

When Abram yielded to the suggestion of his wife Sarai, in his mind he was not disobedient to the word of the Lord that came to him by going in to Hagar to have a son by her. Abram agreed with Sarai’s suggestion to go in to her maid because he believed that her plan was a fulfilment of the word of the Lord that came to him (Genesis 15:4).

From Genesis 17:15-21, Abraham’s response to the word of the Lord that his wife Sarah would have a son for him, reflects how his mind had been working all these thirteen years after the birth of Ishmael. Abraham laughed and said in his heart “shall a child be born to a man who is one hundred years old? And shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?“…Oh, that Ishmael might live before you!” (Genesis 17:17-18).

Abram believed that the advent or birth of Ishmael was a fulfilment of the word of the Lord that came to him because the child was an offspring from his own body.

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THE HIGHWAY OF THE SEED: FROM THE GARDEN OF EDEN TO THE INCARNATION PART 7


Sub-Topic: The Abrahamic Covenant.

Text: Genesis 14: 14 - 24; 15: 1 - 21.

 Introduction:

In our last study, we saw the obedience of Abram to the call, the significance of his building altars to the Lord, and the effect of Abram’s obedience to the call of God. We also saw that Abram had an encounter with Melchizedek, king of Salem, the priest of the Most High God, who blessed him and said “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” After this, Abram gave Melchizedek a tenth of all the spoils of war. The result of this encounter was that he refused the offer made to him by the king of Sodom to take the remaining spoils of war and return the captives. This was a demonstration of Abram’s total submission to and dependence on the Most High God. After these events, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” Abram’s response to the word of the Lord and the ensuing conversation between both of them led to God cutting a covenant with him. In this study, we shall be examining God’s covenant with Abram, the requirements and terms of the covenant and Abram’s obedience to the demands of the covenant. We shall also look at the blessings of the covenant.

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THE HIGHWAY OF THE SEED: FROM THE GARDEN OF EDEN TO THE INCARNATION PART 5


Sub-Topic: The Abrahamic Covenant

Introduction

In Genesis 11, we see the human race rise up again in rebellion against God, by attempting to build a city and a tower whose top is in the heavens, where idols may be worshipped. From a descendant of Shem, who was one of Noah’s sons, God chose Abram. Although Abram was also involved with idol worship, God called him and promised to raise a nation through him. This shows that the call of Abram was a call of grace. But was Abram the seed of the woman?

Abraham is one of the landmark figures in our study of the highway of the seed. In the entire Bible he had the singular honour of being referred to as the friend of God, and on a number of occasions God spoke to him directly about the seed.

The Call of Abram

Genesis 12:1-3

Now the Lord had said to Abram: "Get out of your country, from your family, And from your father's house, To a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."

From a family of idol worshippers, God called out Abram and told him to go to a land that He would show him, “And Joshua said to all the people, Thus says the Lord God of Israel: Your fathers, including Terah, the father of Abraham and the father of Nahor, dwelt on the other side of the River in old times; and they served other gods”, Joshua 24:2.
 Abram obeyed the call of God and went to the place that God showed him that is, the land of Canaan. Genesis 12:5.

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THE HIGHWAY OF THE SEED: FROM THE GARDEN OF EDEN TO THE INCARNATION PART 4


Sub-Topic: The Abrahamic Covenant.

Introduction.

After the deluge, where God destroyed all flesh, the sons of Noah began to multiply on the earth. Coming from one family, they all spoke the same language and were not at that time spread all over the earth. Genesis 10 gives a little peek into this and tells us about the first leader that emerged among them – Nimrod, a mighty man before the Lord. But as men began to multiply on the earth, they were soon given to idolatry. Genesis 11 tells us about the emerging empire and cities that were being built and their objective. “…let us build us a city and a tower whose top may reach unto heaven, and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.”

David Guzik’s commentary on this text makes for interesting reading.

“c. Come, let us build ourselves a city: The heart and the materials relevant to the tower of Babel show that it was not only disobedient to God’s command to fill the earth (Genesis 9:1), but it also shows man did not believe God’s promise to never again flood the earth. A waterproof tower was made to “protect” man against a future deluge.

  1. This was a strong statement of self against God. When they said let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens, they meant it.

d. A tower whose top is in the heavens: The top of the tower was intended to be in the heavens. It is doubtful they thought they could build a tower to heaven. It is more likely they built the tower as an observation point of the heavens; it was built “unto the heavens.” Most astrological and occult practices have a history back to Babel.

  1. If they really wanted to build a tower to reach heaven, it is unlikely they would start on the plain of Shinar, which is about Sea Level. Common sense says they would start on one of the nearby mountains.
  2. This tower was real. The ancient Greek historian Herodotus said the tower of Babel still stood in his day and he had seen it.”
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THE HIGHWAY OF THE SEED: FROM THE GARDEN OF EDEN TO THE INCARNATION PART 3


SUB-TOPIC: THE NOAHIC COVENANT

INTRODUCTION

The marriage and unequal yoking between the ‘sons of God’ and the ‘daughters of men’ was actually the serpent at work; this was an attempt by the Devil to corrupt the human race and prevent the seed of the woman from coming. This ungodly marriage is the root of corruption and wickedness on earth. In the midst of the corruption and wickedness on the earth, God found Noah. In this study, we shall be looking at Noah, the first man with whom God cut a covenant for the benefit of mankind. Is he the seed of the woman?

NOAH

“But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord …Noah was a just man, perfect in his generation. Noah walked with God” (Genesis 6:8-9).

Genesis 5:28-29; 6:1-14; 7:1, 7; 9:18-24.

Lamech at the age of one hundred and eighty-two years gave birth to a son whom he called Noah. He said “…This one will comfort us concerning our work and the toil of our hands because of the ground which the Lord has cursed” Genesis 5:28-29. Noah was the father of Shem, Japheth and Ham. The name Noah indicates two things;

  1. The people of Lamech’s generation were expecting the seed.
  2. Lamech thought that Noah, his son was the seed that would comfort them.
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THE HIGHWAY OF THE SEED: FROM THE GARDEN OF EDEN TO THE INCARNATION PART 2


SUB-TOPIC: THE THREAT OF UNEQUAL YOKING TO THE MANIFESTATION OF THE SEED OF THE WOMAN.

Foundation Scripture: Genesis 6:1-8

Verse 7 tells us that God had decided that He was going to destroy mankind and had regretted creating them. This statement is a direct threat to the promise that God made in Genesis 3:15, that the seed of the woman would bruise the head of the serpent. If God had executed or carried out this statement exactly as He said it, the fulfillment of that promise would have been truncated.

But verse 8, says, ‘‘But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord’’. This is what made it possible for the promise of God in Genesis 3:15 to come to pass or materialized: This is the joy of verse 8, Noah finding grace in the eyes of the Lord.

Genesis 6:1-6

Question:

What are the things responsible for God’s decision to destroy or wipe out Mankind?

  1. The thoughts of man’s heart were evil continually, (v5).
  2. Mankind was wicked. The wickedness of mankind on the earth was great, (v5).
  3. The marriage between the sons of God and the daughters of men, (v2).
  4. Mankind was resisting the Spirit of God. This can be inferred from verse 3.

Question:

Who are these sons of God that saw that the daughters of men were beautiful and married them?

Question:

What was the wickedness of men on the earth?

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THE UNIQUE NATURE AND CHARACTER OF THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST

INTRODUCTION:

In the first study, we defined the word ‘Doctrine’ and then we used the understanding that we got from that definition to craft the definition of ‘The Doctrine of Christ’. From there we progressed to look at ‘Why the Study on the Doctrine of Christ is Very Important’.

In the days of Jesus’ ministry on earth, we were told that “…The people were astonished at His doctrine” (Matthew 7:28; 22:33). What was it about the doctrine of Christ that astonished the people? The people observed that it was different from that of the religious leaders of His day. He did not teach like them. He did not teach what they taught and the fruit of His doctrine was different.

We must not forget that so many sages have appeared on the stage of human history and have taught profound and stimulating doctrines about God and life, yet Jesus’ doctrine surpasses them all.

In this study, we shall be seeking to establish from the scriptures the qualities that make the doctrine of Christ outstanding and matchless. Please note, that we shall neither be examining Jesus Christ as a person, nor shall we be studying the qualities in themselves. Our focus is to highlight the qualities in the doctrine of Christ that make it unique.

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THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST


WHAT IS DOCTRINE?

The word doctrine is derived from the Greek word ‘didache’ which denotes either the act of teaching or that which is being taught.

Doctrine is:

  1. A principle or body of principles presented for acceptance or belief, as by a religious, political, scientific, or philosophic group; dogma.
  2. A rule or principle of law, especially when established by precedent.
  3. A statement of official government policy especially in foreign affairs and military strategy.
  4. Archaic: Something taught; a teaching.

(Middle English, from old French, from Latin doctrina, from doctor, teacher; see doctor).
Synonyms: doctrine, dogma, tenet.

These nouns denote a principle taught, advanced, or accepted, as by a group of philosophers, the legal doctrine of due process; church dogma; experimentation, one of the tenets of the physical sciences.

(The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright c2000, by Houghton Mifflin Company, Updated in 2009, Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved).

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