The Blood Of Jesus In The Pitch

Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. – Luke 24:27

Over the next few days we will cover Abraham, Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob, Joseph and then move on to Moses. Neither time nor my strength will allow me to touch on the innumerable events and people where we find Jesus in the Old Testament. Once we discover Jesus in several events in Moses’ life we will then excavate some of the less trodden places where Jesus can be found.

Judgment

For today, let’s return to Genesis, chapter six. We see that the world has become utterly sinful (Genesis 6:5). Justice is a key attribute of God and justice demanded action, and act God did. Unlike other people, “Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God. (Genesis 6:9)” This verse sounds like Enoch; he, too, walked with God (Genesis 5:24). Then God told him to make an ark (Genesis 6:14)

In Genesis, chapter seven, we find Noah, et al. safe in the ark is while all life outside of the ark drowns (Genesis 7:21). In chapter eight we learn that “God remembered Noah, et al, and began the recovery process by causing a wind to blow over the earth (Genesis 8:1).” Noah and those in the ark finally return to dry land. “Then Noah built an altar to the Lord… (Genesis 8:20)” And God then makes a covenant between Himself and humanity (Genesis 9:12). And God gives humanity a sign of His covenant: “I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. (Genesis 9:13)” 

Birth of the Hebrews, Canaanites, and Gentiles

And at the end of chapter nine a bad family event occurs with the result that Noah blesses his son Shem (Genesis 9:26). Shem is the patriarch and founder of the Hebrews. We also learn that Noah’s son, Ham, is the father and founder of Canaan. Yes, it’s the Canaan that God sent the descendants of Shem to take for Israel and to kill all of the descendants of Ham. Right here, at the end of chapter nine, is the root of the conflict between Israel and Canaan. It is based on the words God gave Noah. Shem would be the blessed one, Ham would be his servant, and Noah’s son, Japheth, would be the patriarch and founder of the Gentile nations. He would prosper and benevolently dwell under the authority of Shem.

Well, we have now reviewed this history of Noah and we can see much more impactful things than “just” building an ark. The Hebrews, the Canaanites, and the Gentiles all trace the lineages back to Noah. This is fascinating, but where’s Jesus?

Faith That Affects Thousands of Years

First, once again, we find faith in God. Every time we see someone in Genesis exercise faith then God acts in astonishing ways, ways that reverberate across hundreds and thousands of years. This is a good reminder of what Jesus said about faith in Matthew 17:20. And we are reminded of Hebrews 11:7, “By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household.” 

Because Noah walked with God and had faith in God, the ark is a type of Christ Jesus; it is a refuge from God’s coming judgement. We believers, too, are promised that our Lord will be a refuge from God’s judgement. “Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah” (Psalms 62:8), “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” (Romans 15:4)

The Timing of Jesus is Perfect

Let’s take a brief look at God’s timing. We see in Genesis 8:13, “In the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried from off the earth. And Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, and behold, the face of the ground was dry.” The first year, the first month, the first day, that’s not coincidence, that’s God’s perfect timing. Jesus is right here in Genesis 8:13. Now read Romans 5:6, “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.” The timing of Jesus is perfect, in the Old Testament and in the New.

The Blood Of Jesus In The Pitch

In reviewing Genesis 6:14, we learn that God had Noah “seal” the ark with pitch, inside and out. Pitch is sticky, black resin. This pitch kept the water out (i.e., judgement from God). Spiritually, the blood of Jesus was was in the pitch.

The pitch was inside and outside. We receive the Holy Spirit in us and on us, inside and outside, just like God told Noah to apply the pitch. “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16) “He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,” (Titus 3:5-6)

Well, we can’t pass up Jesus in the rainbow. So, in Genesis 9:11, God says. “…never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” Likewise, in 1 Peter 3:18, we find the promise, “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,” The judgement on the world by a flood was done once, but never again. So, too, Jesus died once for sins, but never again. We see Jesus in and foreshadowed through Noah, the ark, the judgement flood, the redemption of a remnant; the list goes on.

More to Come

There’s more we could discover if we excavated deeper, but now we need to stow away our tools and get some rest. Thanks for joining me on the adventure, this quest to find Jesus throughout God’s Word. 

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Adam to Abraham

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Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. – Luke 24:27 

We continue our quest to discover Jesus in all the Scriptures. Today, we will look at the genealogy from Adam to Abraham. Let’s head back to our dig site in Genesis, chapter five. There is excessive debris here due to neglect.  

Adam to Abraham 

Because of Adam’s long life, he could easily have talked with his descendants all the way to Noah’s father, Lamech. Noah’s son, Shem and Noah’s grandson, Eber, both outlived all their descendants, after the flood, and were alive during a part of Abraham’s life.  

In the patriarchal society of that day, it is no wonder that the Israelites were also known as ‘Semites’ (after Shem) or ‘Hebrews’ (after Eber). Yes, they are called Hebrews after the name of Adam’s grandson.  

Now, because of the patriarchs’ long lifespans, there are only two gaps from Adam to Abraham. Both gaps could be filled by Noah’s father, Lamech and Noah’s son, Shem. This would provide a lineage with every generation overlapping with the next, providing an unbroken chain of living history! 

God’s Word is cohesive no matter how He chose to do it, but a continuity in His message through successive generations is very realistic. And, of course, the Holy Spirit provides inspiration and guidance. God did the same thing in the New Testament with the Apostles and especially the Apostle John. 

Where’s Jesus? He’s standing with Enoch. 

In Hebrews 11:5 we read, “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God translated him.” Here is what is so marvelous, both in Genesis 5:24 and Hebrews 11:5 we find, for the very first time, that there is something more for people besides being born, having kids, and dying. 

With Enoch, God draws back the curtain a bit and we discover that there’s SOMEPLACE else for us beyond dust. Enoch was not found because God “translated” him. The word “translate” can mean “to transfer” (Strongs Greek 3346). God moved him from the earth to someplace else. This is the first time God lets us in on this truth. 

Notice that the Holy Spirit led Paul to use a similar word in Philippines 3:20-21: “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.” We will be “transformed,” moved from earth to someplace else. 

So, there’s Jesus, right in the middle of Genesis, chapter 5. Enoch experienced what we will experience if Christ calls us up during our lifetime.  

 Tomorrow 

Tomorrow we’ll take a look at Noah and then jump to Abraham. It’s going to take us a few more days to work our way through Genesis.  

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Genealogy of Adam

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Finding Christ in Christianity

Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. – Luke 24:27

The Problem With

Today, we’re excavation chapter five of Genesis. Not just the world, but Christians seeking secular peers have dismissed the true and relevance of Adam’s genealogy. They basically say, “Move along, there’s nothing to see here.” Well, let’s look for ourselves. We have the promise from Jesus that all of God’s Word relates, in some way, to Jesus.

In archaeology, timelines and ancestors are important, so today’s “dig” in Genesis 5:1&3, tells us, “This is the book of the generations of Adam… When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth.”

The genealogy of Adam is interesting because there’s no mention of Cain. The genealogy starts off with Adam and then Seth, Cain and Abel have been removed. Adam is doing a mulligan ( i.e., a do-over).

Seth Is Made In the Image Of Adam

Notice that the Bible doesn’t say that Seth was made in the image of God, as we might expect. Rather, Seth was made in the image of Adam. This point is critical which is probably why it’s phrased as “own likeness; own image.”

If you remember from yesterday, the name Seth means “fixed”. The hope of Adam and Eve was that Seth fixed the mess that Cain made. Seth’s inheritance was credited to him as the first-born male heir. The lineage of Jesus is traced from Seth. So Seth is important.

But Seth didn’t fix things. Seth was not born in the same image of God that Adam was. Sin now reigned in humanity. So Seth was in the likeness and image of sinful Adam. The phrase here is evidently intended to show us that as Adam was made in the image of God, so, was Seth. However, because sin had entered mankind, Seth was not made in the sinless image of God but in the image of Adam, the fallen image of God.

Jesus Is The Second Adam, Not Seth

If Seth had been born in the sinless image of God then He would have been the second Adam. That place was reserved for Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:45). It was important for Seth to be in the image and likeness of Adam. Jesus, the Son of Man, was born in the image of Adam – the image of God, without sin. So, the man Christ Jesus could reconcile to God the humanity born in sin. Adam wasn’t born in sin. Eve wasn’t born in sin. Cain was removed from the lineage of Adam, and Abel died. The seed of the Son of Man was in Seth.

So, Seth was in the image and likeness of God, but he was also in the sinful state of the fallen Adam. That made it possible for Jesus Christ to return as the second Adam, the reconciler and mediator of man to God.

Tomorrow We Excavate Noah

We didn’t even get past verse three in our excavation. Please join me tomorrow as we will take a brief look at the genealogy of Noah and then Christ in the work God gave Noah.

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From Eve To Mary

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Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. – Luke 24:27

Yesterday we found Jesus in the promise Eve declared when Cain was born. Today we’re going to complete our research of Genesis, chapter four. 

While we’re gathering the tools for our excavation of chapter four, let’s consider the murder of Abel. It seems too coincidental for the first murder victim to also be the first martyr. Our excavation of Genesis has shown us that many of the earliest events carry with them foreshadowings of God’s future intentions.

Blood Of The Martyrs

An early Christian author, Tertullian, in his book Apologeticus, coined the phrase: “the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church” (Apologeticus, Chapter 50). This is a bit of an overstatement, for the seed of the Church is from the blood of Jesus. Jesus is the Lamb slain from the creation of the world. But it does help frame the foundational events that took place in the fourth chapter of Genesis. Already we’ve found Christ and the headwaters of the martyrs’ blood that flows from this first sin to the crucifiction of Jesus and on down to Christ’s final victory.

To complete our expedition of chapter four, we must examine two events. For each event, when we remove the commentaries of contrarians of Biblical truth, we find Jesus.

From Eve to Mary

Seth was born. Genesis 4:25-26: And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and called his name Seth, for she said, “God has appointed for me another offspring instead of Abel, for Cain killed him.” To Seth also a son was born, and he called his name Enosh. At that time people began to call upon the name of the Lord.

The words of Eve have endured down through the ages so the Spirit of God must be behind these words. Hitchcock’s Bible Names Dictionary states that the meaning of the name “Seth” means “put”; “who puts”; “fixed.” Seth was the replacement for Cain. 

Cain lost his inheritance so Seth, being the next son of Eve, received the first-born inheritance. And it is from Seth that the lineage of Christ Jesus is traced. Once again, we find Jesus here in chapter four. The Word of God is about God’s beloved Son (Matthew 3:17).

Notice, too, that the primary narrative has been from Eve, rather than Adam. Even from the very beginning of humanity, it has been God’s intent and focus for the Word of God to become flesh through a woman’s conception by the Holy Spirit. We find in Matthew 1:18, “This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.”

The LORD’s promise was (Genesis 3:15):
I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.”

From Eve to Mary, there is something special about God’s promise that echoed down through the generations of Adam, Noah, Abraham, Issac, Jacob, David, and finally, by an angel, to this young virgin, Mary. “So the angel told her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. (Luke 1:30)” and Mary’s response, in faith, ““I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it happen to me according to your word.” Then the angel left her. (Luke 1:38) We do a disservice to God when we relegate women to a lower spiritual place than men. (Someday I’ll write a devotional about how “weaker” does not mean “lesser”.)

A Foreshadowing Of The Church

God is always tidy. He doesn’t leave loose ends or scraps. We saw this in Mark 6:43, “And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish.” We saw this same trait of God with His message to Mary. The promise given to Eve and fulfilled in Mary. 

As we begin putting our excavation tools away, until next time, we should take note that the final statement in chapter four says, “At that time people began to call upon the name of the Lord.” Since there are examples of individuals communicating with God before Genesis 4:26,  the implication here is that believers began gathering together to call upon the name of the LORD. This seems to be a foreshadowing of the Church, the Bride of Christ (Revelation 19:7).

There is so much packed into chapter four, much we haven’t even touched on. But one thing we can declare is that we found Jesus, we also found a martyr, faith, and the future Church all hidden in plain sight. Praise God! “For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.” – 2 Corinthians 1:20

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The Faith of Eve

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Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. – Luke 24:27

Our Archaeological Site

So this week we will go deeper into God’s Word. This is healthy for us because we need to understand, with no shadow of doubt, that the narratives, historical accounts, prophecies, and commands in the Bible are all built upon Jesus. 

Jesus is the Lamb slain from the creation of the world. He is woven into the very fabric of the Bible. His agenda is redemption, recovery, and restoration. We need to learn to see Jesus behind all that it in God’s Word, for in Him lies the Truth which is health to our bodies (Proverbs 3:8) and the renewal of our minds (Romans 12:2)

It’s time for us to fetch our excavation tools and go to our archaeological site in Genesis, chapter four. We know this chapter has been relegated to myth lettered theologians, rather than recognized as communicating the foundation of Jesus through actual people that lived about six thousand years ago.

The Faith of Eve

In the opening of chapter four we find something surprising. Eve was pregnant for the first time. How challenging it must have been for her to go through the unknown process of childbirth. But here’s what we find: Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten a man with the help of the Lord.” – Genesis 4:1

We find that Eve had faith in God, and acknowledges Him to be the author of the precious gift she has received. How many times have you heard people “write-off” Adam and Eve as worthless. God doesn’t do that. He is the God of second chances.

So now we see that Eve understands God is at work in her. That Cain is the first born son, a type of Adam. As the first born son, Cain occupies a special place within the family and within the lineage of Adam. Cain does until he throws it away!

Here’s Jesus

And now we find Jesus! Eve is looking toward the fulfillment of God’s promise for her offspring to bruise the head of Satan. That’s the job of Jesus. She doesn’t know when God will fulfill her promise but she’s looking for God and, unbeknownst to her, she’s looking to the man Jesus Christ.

I want to keep our focus on finding Christ in Christianity. However, there are so many powerful truths in chapter four that I feel compelled to highlight one.

If we jump to verse seventeen we find that Cain was a builder of cities. However, Abel was a shepherd. As a shepherd he would have had time for contemplation and devotion to God. Coincidentally, Moses and David also kept sheep. No doubt, Abel, Moses, and David used their solitude to draw near and talk with God.

Also in chapter four we learn that Cain’s pride was hurt. Injured pride leaves an open door for Satan. And that’s what God tells Cain. This is what God said to him, “And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is contrary to you, but you must rule over it. (Genesis 4:7)”

Here we are, about one hundred and fifty years after creation and sin has become so strong within humanity that the first born son of Adam commits murder. Abel is not only the first murder victim, but he is the first person to be killed for fulfilling the will of the LORD.

Wrapping Up

We made some good discoveries today. We learned about the faith of Eve. We learned that Christ’s humanity is in the lineage of Seth. And we learned that Jesus is the fulfillment of the promise that Eve was looking for.

I hope they will strengthen all of us. Still, we have not yet made it through Genesis, chapter four, so we need to return to this excavation site tomorrow. There are some fascinating gems that God has buried at this site so we need to dig a bit more before we move on.

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Redemption, Recovery, and Restoration

Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. Luke 24:27

Level setting is a common term for making sure that all of us have a common understanding of some activity or subject. It doesn’t mean we all have to agree with the concepts. It just means that we understand what is intended by the author. So, today, we are doing a bit of level setting and then on Monday we will look in some verses where we may not have expected to find Jesus.

Redemption

The redemption of remnants is a continually recurring theme throughout God’s work with the descendants of Adam. Noah and his family were a tiny remnant of all humanity, Abraham was a small remnant of all humanity, Jacob was a remnant of Abraham’s tribe, the children of Israel that entered the promised land were a remnant of the Jews that left Egypt. The list goes on. Elijah thought he was the only remaining prophet, but God told him that He had 7,000 more; God had a remnant.

Recovery

To understand the recovery of all that Adam lost, we first need to understand what happened when Adam sinned. Adam was the administrator of God’s creation. He was the heir of God’s creation because he was the first man, a type of the first born son. Or, perhaps, I should say that first born sons are a type of Adam. Isaac’s son, Esau, provides us with an insight into what happened to Adam.

Loss

See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. Even though he sought the blessing with tears, he could not change what he had done. – Hebrews 12:16-17

Adam’s act of rebellion gave all that God had vested in him to Satan; Satan gained the place of master over Adam and all Adam’s progeny. This is why it states in Romans 5:12, “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—

Recovery

Then the end will come, when he [Jesus] hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 1 Corinthians 15:24

Restoration

Heaven and Earth have been subjected to rebellion. In Luke 10:18, Jesus says, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” So, God will restore all holiness to His creation. We find God’s solution in Revelation 21:1, “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.” God’s act of restoration was prophesied by Isaiah in Isaiah 65:17.

Redemption, recovery, and restoration are hallmarks of God. We will see many of these as we continue our quest to find Christ in Christianity.

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Preparation

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Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. Luke 24:27

Excavation

Presently, we are easily finding Christ in these opening verses of the Bible. But soon, we will be going deeper. In preparation for us excavating truths that have been covered over by neglect or inconvenience or the fear of being peculiar, it is wise for us all to share a common understanding of a few facets of God’s Word.

Doctrine

Doctrine cannot be made from the silence of the Bible. For example, nowhere in God’s Word do we find when or how people learned to read and write. God makes it clear to us that words carry great significance, but the Bible is silent regarding the invention of reading and writing. So, there are lots of opinions about this but no Christian doctrine about this topic. A person would be heretical to teach as a Church doctrine that Adam invented writing.

A second component of this truth is that Scripture must be interpreted by Scripture. If we are seeking the truth of God’s Word we can use nothing less than God’s Word to understand that truth. 

Telescoping

When we study prophecies in the Bible, they are usually from prophets like Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Zechariah. In their prophecies we find a characteristic called telescoping. What God reveals to prophets in visions, dreams, or messages are often layered messages. There will be an aspect of the prophecy that will come to pass rather quickly, and then there are aspects of that same prophecy that may be fulfilled by events that are scattered across centuries or millennia. But to the prophet it appears all as one, often they don’t see the timeline.

Redemption, Recovery, and Restoration

As we excavate in search of Christ in Christianity, we will discover Christ our Redeemer, Christ the Father’s Recoverer, and Christ the Restorer. The Bible is not a science book, though it contains science. The Bible is not a political book, though it has much to say about politics. The Bible is not a history book, but, again, it contains much history. No, the Bible is about the redemption of the children of Adam, the recovery of all Adam lost, and the restoration of God’s holiness within His creation.

We will learn that God had a plan for redemption even before He created all things. Jesus is the Lamb slain from the creation of the world We will see Jesus redeem a remnant of the descendants of Adam. We will see Jesus recover all that Adam lost when he sinned and then give that to the Father. And finally, we will see God, (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) restore God’s holiness within His creation through a new heaven and a new earth.

Tomorrow

Tomorrow we will wrap up our preparations for digging deeper, and then on Monday we will discover Jesus in some unexpected places.

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Jesus, Adam, and Eve

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Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. – Luke 24:27


Adam and Eve

As we continue to search for Christ Jesus within the “Christianity” of secular opinions and modern ecumenical ideas, we go back to the Truth in God’s Word. Today, we’ll look at the first prophecy that promised Christ’s arrival.

As we turn our attention to the the 3rd chapter of Genesis we find one of the most well known events of the Bible. It is the sin of Eve and Adam and the fallout from their sin. The account can be found in Genesis 3:6. Eve was seduced by Satan, in the form of a snake. Adam had no excuse for his sin.

Jesus Is The Seed

We’ve already learned that Eve, the first woman, is a foreshadowing of the Church. Now, in Galatians 3:16, we learn that God’s promise to Abraham is for his seed and that seed is Jesus. And in Isaiah 7:14, we learn that Immanuel, “God with us,” is prophesied to come from a virgin – no help from man, the dust of the earth (i.e., Adam). Here are the verses:

The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,” meaning one person, who is Christ. – Galatians 3:16

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. – Isaiah 7:14 

Through a woman sin entered the world and by her Seed was salvation promised. Now let’s look at the Bible verses that confirm this statement.

…I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.
” – Genesis 3:15

Your Offspring, Her Offspring

Notice “your offspring and her offspring.” The offspring of Satan are the “whitewashed tombs,” the scribes and Pharisees (Matthew 23:27) that opposed Jesus and eventually crucified Him. The offspring of a woman is the promised Seed (Jesus) who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.

He shall bruise your head.” Jesus rose from the dead, defeating sin, the tool of Satan. “You shall bruise his heel.” The feet of Jesus walked in the dust of the roads. The “heel” of Christ was his humanity. And it was Christ’s humanity that Satan and his offspring attacked, bruised and crucified. But the sinless Christ overcame Satan’s attack when He rose from the grave.

What we’ve learned from this study is that Jesus is Immanuel, the Seed that God promised Abraham. We learned that the plan for Immanuel was deeply connected to women, from Eve all the way to the mother of Jesus. We also learned that Satan would attack Jesus but that Jesus would ultimately overcome and defeat Satan.

Whew! The Holy Spirit packed a lot into a very brief passage of Scripture.

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The Church in Genesis

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Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. – Luke 24:27

Last time we were in Genesis, chapter 1. As we continue on our quest we don’t have far to go. But before we dive into Genesis, chapter 2, we first need to understand that Jesus is the second Adam. Jesus came to recover what Adam lost by his sin. Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. (1 Corinthians 15:45) Okay, now we’re ready to take a look at Genesis, chapter 2:

So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man [Adam], and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman [Eve] and brought her to the man. – Genesis 2:21-22

Not From Dust

Now Eve was not created from dust, as Adam was, but she was created from the open side of Adam. Likewise, the Church was not born from dust (i.e., Adam’s descendants) but from the open side of Jesus. But one of the soldiers pierced his [Jesus’] side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. (John 19:34)

And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (Revelation 21:2)

Eve was a real person but she was also a type or foreshadowing of the Church, the Bride of Christ. Eve was the bride of Adam and the Church is the Bride of Christ Jesus. How cool is that! We’ve barely scratched the surface of the Bible and we are already finding Jesus. 

R.C. Sproul wrote: Augustine [an early Church father] is often quoted as saying: “The New Testament is in the Old concealed; the Old is in the New revealed.” This phrase encapsulates the New Testament’s view that without the teachings of Jesus and His apostles, we cannot grasp the true significance of the old covenant (Luke 24:25–272 Cor. 3:15–16).

The Old Testament Is Vital

There are many in Christianity that find no use of the Old Testament. Others grudgingly recognize the Old Testament but never teach it. But we’ve seen that, already, the Old Testament is not just important, it’s vital to Christianity, for Jesus is there, in the Old Testament, from the very first verse. If we were to throw out the Old Testament we would be throwing out Jesus! 

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Jesus Was There

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We’re on a mission to discover Christ in Christianity. In Luke 24:27 we find an important message that will help us on this mission. After Jesus rose from death, He met some of his disciples on the road to Emmaus. During this encounter we learn, “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

From Luke 24:27 we learn that Jesus can be found in all the Scriptures. So, to begin our mission, let’s stroll back to the creation of all things to see if we can find Jesus there. Our first task is to clear away all the layers of good intentions, apologies, and cruft that have gathered upon the narrative of creation. To do this we need to go to source, to Genesis 1:1-3 : 

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

  • Genesis 1:1 God, the Hebrew is אֱלֹהִ֑ים (’ĕ·lō·hîm), which is is plural, means the true God. So Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are present in the first verse of the Bible
  • Genesis 1:2, Spirit of God, the Hebrew is וְר֣וּחַ (wə·rū·aḥ) of אֱלֹהִ֑ים (’ĕ·lō·hîm), which mean breath, wind, spirit of God
  • Genesis 1:3 Said, the Hebrew is וַיֹּ֥אמֶר (way·yō·mer), which means say, speak, utter, so the Word of God  was active in creation.

Disbelief

We often find people challenging the the Creation truth, not only by telling lies, but by attaching emotions to this truth with the hope of embarrassing or demeaning anyone that believes it. A common way people assault Genesis 1:1 is by saying, “I don’t believe in myths, I believe in science.”

Well, an article on TNW states, “Quantum physics is about as close to a faith-based field of scientific study as there is.” And MIT Technology Review published an article titled, “A quantum experiment suggests there’s no such thing as objective reality.” It’s tough to argue about who is right if the other side has decided that people don’t exist.” 😉

My question is, why would we believe transient “faith-based beliefs” postulated by science instead of a truth stated in God’s Word, a truth that has remained unchanged for at least 3,500 years? The answer seems self-evident. Let’s find Jesus, the Son of God, in the beginning of Creation.

Jesus Was There

A fascinating passage from Scripture about Jesus and creation is found in Colossians 1:15-17 :

He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

  • He –> That is Jesus, who “was chosen before the creation of the world” (1 Peter 1:20)
  • is the image of the invisible God –> Jesus said, “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father.” (John 14:9)
  • the firstborn of all creation –> Jesus is the heir and Lord of all creation. This verse is NOT saying that the Son of God was created! We know this by the very next verse which states, “For by him all things were created.” The Son did not create Himself.

What Have We Learned?

So, what have we learned? We found that in eternity past God (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit) was (no beginning – God is the I AM). As we excavated the creation of all things we found, before creation, Christ was there. Christ Jesus is the Word that became flesh (John 1:1). 

In the opening verses of the Bible we find exactly the same God as we find throughout God’s Word. The Word that became flesh made all that was made. Therefore, let us receive Him as our Lord and Savior. Let us be good stewards of the earth for our Lord made it. Let us not mistreat animals for we will be held accountable. Let’s give thanks to God for he cares for us (1 Peter 5:7).

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