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Genesis Part 3

The “seed of the woman” was not the first prophecy of the Scriptures. Man had sinned but before the “fall” God had pictured the coming of the Church of Christ in the wedding ceremony of Adam and Eve. “God so loved the Church that He gave Himself for Her and whosoever obeys Him shall not perish as long as man continues faithful in her ranks and that for eternity”. John 3:16 is shown in Genesis 2:21-24.
Often I am asked if the sin of Adam and Eve was a surprise to our Lord. I am reminded of this statement of prophecy and to answer positively, NO!! How could God have predicted the coming of the Church of Christ in the marriage ceremony of Adam to Eve IF the sin was to be a surprise? How could the Church be made up of the redeemed and one not think God had established this premise “from the foundations of the World”? “And the Lord added to the Church those that were being saved” tells the answer. Acts 2:47 The marriage of Adam to Eve was a copy of a marriage as yet unannounced.. Christ had already married the Church and their wedding was the pattern Adam and Eve’s union. Christ and His bride, the Church of Christ, WERE THE FIRST!! When Paul wrote by inspiration of the Spirit the book of Ephesians explaining this part of the mystery of God. He wrote: “This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the Church”. Ephesians 5:32 Of what mystery (the unrevealed strategy of God to save those who would obey, John 3:16) was Paul speaking? “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.” Vs 31 This is the exact quotation of Genesis 2:23-24 As Adam was sent to name all the animals of the field, his real mission was to find a mate suitable for himself. THIS HE DID NOT AND COULD NOT DO for no animal was suitable for Adam as a mate. God cause a “deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept; and God took one of Adam’s ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof. And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made He a woman, and brought her to the man.” Christ “came unto His own and His own received Him not”, John 1:12, when He found none like unto Himself, God sacrificed Himself to enter the realm of sleep (death.) “One of the soldiers with a spear pierced His side, and forthwith came there out blood and water”, John 19:35. This ‘blood and water’ was the purchase price for His bride, the Church of Christ!! Acts 20:28 He entered the realm of death (sleep) so She could be brought into existence. No one was like the Lord, SINLESS, SO NO ONE WAS COMPATIBLE FOR HIM AS HIS BRIDE. He therefore, made one compatible to Himself by “cleansing her with the washing of water (baptism) She, being instructed to do so by the (His) word(Mark 16:16), that He might PRESENT her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” Ephesians 5:26-27 No one who can read would then think sin was a surprise, for CHRIST had already been apart of TWO covenants that had been enacted, the marriage of Christ to His Church and the covenant of Christ and God the Father, to enact this mystery!! “Now to Him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began. But now is made manifest, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for obedience of faith.” Romans 16:25-26 Marriage is commanded of man to HONOR CHRIST AND HIS CHURCH!! To live as man and wife outside the estate of marriage is to mock Christ!!

 

Genesis

As the stately oak with all its majestic glory is not admired because of its humble beginnings, we know, in all its might, it came from a small, tiny acorn seed. As the golden corn stalk with all its abundant fruitfulness stands against the winds and the rains of summer until the harvest to feed man, one must know it came from a small grain. So, the divine purpose for the redemption of mankind is germinally embedded in the account of Genesis even though it is by many unknown.
Genesis, is the germ of all the doctrine of God, of Christ, of man, of sin, and of salvation. The gleaming light shown before they were reality in the New Testament illuminates all who understand her message. Great facts, the gospel proclaimed beforehand, later revealed in the New Testament shows the completeness of the “faith once delivered to the saints.” Jude vs 3 “And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, ‘In thee shall all nations be blessed.’ Galatians 3:8 The light shadowed in Genesis shines brightly when surveyed in the illumination given it by the writers of inspiration as the Holy Spirit explains the completion of His work as the deliverer of the ‘Mind of God’!! As the lights from the small seed of information blossom into the ‘glorious liberty of the sons of God’ of the New Law, our nature will cause us to look with great anticipation of revelation when we study her Words in this first book.
In Genesis 2 we have an account of the Trinity. “Let Us make man in Our own image” reveals what became understandable when Christ turned on the light of truth in His New Testament. Genesis 3:15 tells of the ‘seed of woman’, something impossible in nature, foretelling the divine intervention of Deity in the affairs of man so salvation might be possible. Genesis 12:1-3 introduces us to the gospel (good news) that a ‘way of holiness’ has been measured by God and that man can enter one day on that pathway which will end in Eternal Life. Genesis 29 tells of the marriages of Jacob without ever revealing just WHY this account is given until we see the first wife, physical Israel being divorced and replaced by the second wife, spiritual Israel (the Church of Christ) whom God really loved! Genesis 49:10 shows through whose lineage we are to expect the Messiah, here called Shiloh, later known as Christ as Jacob blesses his sons at his death. All these things are not just stories to be read, they are pictures to be viewed and understood so when the New Testament is read we will not be looking into the covers of a new message and have no way to comprehend what it is we are reading!!
The purpose of Genesis has never been Historical although Historical integrity could very possibly be one of its strong suits. Critics claim the art of writing was non-existent before the 8th century BC claiming the writing of the Genesis account impossible. Cuneiform tablets of modern discovery have refuted this claim. Discovery of the Tel-el-Amarna tablets in 1887 and the finding of the Code of Hammurabi in 1900 by archeologists have unearthed evidence that silences them. Hammurabi was a monarch of Babylonia who was a contemporary of Abraham and corresponds to Genesis 14 or a date of about 2000 BC. Monuments found have established that the art of writing was evidenced earlier as found on the monuments in the ancient Ur of Chaldees around 4,000 BC. This removes the impossibility of Moses writing his works around 1500 BC.. The Genesis account then has not its primary concern with History, although accurate, but with the plan of God. Generation-degeneration-regeneration is the process seen in God’s dealings with mankind and shown in this, the first book of Inspiration.