Jesus The Promised Seed
6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. 8 And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.
9 Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, "Where are you?" 10 So he said, "I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself." 11 And He said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?" 12 Then the man said, "The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate." 13 And the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate." 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." 16 To the woman He said: "I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you." 17 Then to Adam He said, "Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat of it': "Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. 18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field. 19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return." NKJV
Some time in the past ages of time, Satan, God's most beautiful creation, attempted to exalt himself to the position that belongs only to God.
We do not understand all the reasons why that happened or why God has allowed such a rebel to continue until this day.
But this we do know. We know that there are two great forces in this world. One is nothing but goodness and righteousness. The other is noting but evil and wickedness.
Through the temptation brought about by the serpent, mankind fell from the holy condition into which he was created.
In the passage this morning we find that after God had requested a cause from our first parents, he then proceeded to pass judgment.
God passes judgment on the serpent and Satan who empowered it.
God next turns to the woman and brings down a heavy curse for her part in the sin.
But the greatest curse is on Adam, as it not only affected the human race but all of creation. It also brought about physical death into the world.
But in all of this curse there is one and only one ray of hope.
The story of Ravi Zacharias from 1/13/01 broadcast of the need of a Savior.
We find it in verse 15.
- God promised a Savior
- Because He is gracious
- Although man willing disobeyed
- Although man did not obey in the one test he was given
- Although man continues to aggravate his position to God by continuing to rebel.
- God is a gracious God.
- That means we do not get what we deserve.
- We instead receive mercy and compassion instead of judgment and condemnation.
- Because He was not going to loose to Satan
- Satan had already rebelled but now he had brought man into the conflict.
- It was as though Satan had now ruined the entire creation.
- The curse brought death to a perfect world.
- This sin was only the beginning of man's corruption.
- It brought murder, stealing, immorality
- Every invention is used to defy a holy and righteous God.
- Man, though created above all rest of earth creation has degraded lower than most in the animal kingdom.
- But God will not loose.
- He did not loose that day for He knew that Satan would beguile the woman and that the man would side with the woman against God.
- But God chose to allow that so that "He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory, even us whom He called" Rom 9:23-24 NKJV
- God knew all that He would do from before even the angels were even created. Acts 15:18 "Known to God from eternity are all His works. NKJV
- Our God is omniscient, there is nothing He does not know. Ps 139
- Our God is omnipotent, there is nothing He that He wills that He cannot bring to pass. Gen 18:14 Is any thing too hard for the LORD? KJV
- Our God is sovereign, no one has authority over Him or can lay claims on Him except what He commits according to His covenants. Dan 4:34-35 I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever: For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, And His kingdom is from generation to generation. All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven And among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand Or say to Him, "What have You done?" NKJV
- He continued to sprinkle the promise throughout the Old Testament
- We see this is such a faint prediction.
- Many have quibbled over its full meaning and fulfilment.
- But almost everyone agrees that Jesus is here spoken of.
- Thus, we have in this famous passage, called the protevangelium, "first gospel," the announcement of a prolonged struggle, perpetual antagonism, wounds on both sides, and eventual victory for the seed of woman. God's promise that the head of the serpent was to be crushed pointed forward to the coming of Messiah and guaranteed victory. This assurance fell upon the ears of God's earliest creatures as a blessed hope of redemption. (from The Wycliffe Bible Commentary, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 1962 by Moody Press)
- . . . this clause is considered universally as referring to a Redeemer, who, in human nature, and a son of woman born, should, after partial suffering from a wicked malignant power, obtain a complete victory, and deprive it of all further means or opportunity of doing evil. (from Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 1997 by Biblesoft)
- Although the prediction might be faint the need for a Savior is not.
- Without a Savior mankind is cursed to live only to die.
- There is a senseless cycle of life of birth growth, giving birth and then old age and death.
- Mankind has struggled with the meaning and purpose of life and has come up empty handed outside of a Savior.
- But God has place eternity in our hearts so that we might know that life is more than we have here and now. Eccl 3:11 He has put eternity in their hearts NKJV
- But Jesus came to bruise the head of Satan.
- This He did when He over came the temptations of Satan
- This He did when He fulfilled the plan of God and went to Calvary.
- This He did when He arose the third day from the grave.
- But most fully He will do this when He returns to set up His kingdom, raises the dead in Christ and consigns Satan to the lake of fire for 1,000 years.
- And the final blow will come when Satan is cast into the lake of fire and the world is restored to the way God created it before the temptation and fall of mankind.
- He came to deliver us from the curse of the fall.
- Paul tells us that the whole creation is waiting for the redemption of our bodies.
- Rom 8:22-23 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. NKJV
- God will make all things new and the old world with its sin and shame will pass away.
- He fulfilled His promise in His own time
- Although the promise was so long ago yet God at the proper time sent His Son into the world to be that Redeemer.
- Gal 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, KJV
- God is never early or late.
- His plans are sure and He will bring them to pass.
- The finality of the promise is yet to come
- It seems as though God is losing now.
- The world gets rottener every day.
- But there is coming a day when Christ Jesus the Lord of Glory will return.
- He will step squarely on the head of that old serpent, Satan and will remove his power over the world.
- We live in each day of fear.
- Of war or disease.
- Of thieves or murders.
- Of drunk drivers or drug addicts.
- Of storm and fire and earthquakes
- But there is coming a day when Christ will cause the nations to beat their swords into plows.
- He will wipe out every dreaded disease.
- He will put an end to alcohol and drugs.
- The storms will become but a whisper.
- Wild fires will not be able to take hold.
- The earth will no longer travail for the Prince of Peace will bring everlasting redemption.
- Just as God promised our first parents thousands of years ago.
The question for you is has He become your Redeemer?
Has He brought peace to your life?
Has He tamed the fire that burns within us?
Has He freed us from the allurements of life?
He will if you will come to Him, openly confessing you sin and failure.
He will if you will give your life to Him and stop trying to save your own life, or saving your life only for yourself.
This message was preached at FBC Toulon, by Albert Harmon. See it at http://toulonbaptist.com