Christianity 201

January 2, 2012

The Seed in God’s Plan

This actually appeared as an Advent study on the blog of Del Tackett who some of you know from The Truth Project DVD series.  But the initial verse was one we’d been discussing last night as a family, so I decided to included this here today.

“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel.” Genesis 3:15

When God spoke the earth into existence, it was formless and void—a lump of clay, so to speak, ready for the Hands of the Craftsman to begin the creative work of fashioning a garden teeming with flourishing delights: birds and fish, animals and plants, things that flew and swam, wriggled and ran, or simply stuck their roots into the perfect soil and brought forth fruit and vegetables, nuts and berries, nectar and flowers and shade and…well, all kinds of beautiful and life-enhancing stuff. But more than all of this, each of these living things was given the privilege and responsibility to recreate themselves. Birds laid eggs that brought forth baby birds that would grow up to lay their own eggs; animals gave birth to baby animals that would grow up to give birth to their own babies; plants produced seed that would fall onto the soil and grow into mature plants that would, in turn, produce their own seeds.

This was the grand plan of God.

But, something happened…something bad, something evil. Now, the garden produced weeds and thistles and thorns. Rather than delight in life, the Evil delighted in death; rather than beauty, it loved the vile; rather than fruit, it bore poison. It is hard to imagine how instantly a garden filled with light could become so cold and so dark so very, very quickly. And it appeared as if there were no remedy, no fix, no hope to get it back to the way it was before the darkness descended…descended upon everything…everything.

That’s when God told us about the Christmas Seed.

He didn’t say much. In fact, it wasn’t a whole lot more than a hint, a clue, a mere glimmer of hope. But with God, whose power and might is infinite, a whisper of promise is as sure as it gets. If He said He was going to take care of it, then we didn’t need a lot of details.

Was it mysterious? Yes, but it carried the promise that God, through this Seed, was going to destroy the Evil that had turned the light off in the garden. And if that happened, then maybe, just maybe, God also planned on turning the light back on as well.

But for sure we knew that before this Seed came, there was going to be war, and the war was going to rage between the seed line of the Evil one and the seed line of the woman.

And boy, did it ever! Abraham was granted the understanding that the Seed was going to come through him. Later on, David was given the same promise. And the war to destroy that seed line was furious. It came from within and it came from without. There were times when it looked as if the Evil line had won. But it hadn’t. Even at the moment when the heart of the Seed stopped beating, when it appeared to all as if the Promise had died, death itself was insufficient to stand in the way of the plan of God to destroy the Evil one.

But why “the seed of the woman”? Isn’t this backwards? Isn’t it the seed of man that propagates the race? Certainly everywhere in Scripture where it speaks of human “seed” it is used of the man. Why such a strange element to this promise?

Well, hindsight is certainly better than the best glasses or binoculars or microscope. If all humanity was tainted with the “death” of Adam, then the Seed couldn’t come from the seed of man. But if He couldn’t come from the seed of man, how would it be possible for Him to come at all?

Ah! That is why He is the Christmas Seed!

That is why He had to be born of a virgin, born of God.

That is why Matthew and Luke, in their genealogies of Jesus, take care to make sure the reader understands that Jesus didn’t come through “man” but through a “woman”. Matthew begins with Abraham and repeats over and over again the phrase “the father of”…until he gets to Jesus. He does not say “…Joseph, the father of Jesus” which is how one would expect this genealogical treatise to conclude. No. Matthew takes a sharp turn and says “…Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called the Christ.” Luke traces Jesus’ lineage back to Adam, using the phrase “the son of” over and over again. But for Jesus, he states it this way “He (Jesus) was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph.”

The seed of the woman, not the seed of a man.

On Christmas, the mystery was no longer a mystery.

It wasn’t until years later, however, that God would move Paul to write these fascinating words, words that put a final bow on the promise made to Abraham 2000 years earlier and, I believe, connects to the mysterious promise made 2000 years before that in the garden:

“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…Why, then, was the law given at all? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come.” Galatians 3:15-19

God made a promise to mankind that He would bring forth the Seed to destroy the Evil one and eventually restore all things. He protected that seed line from Eve to Mary. He protected it through the flood, with Noah. He protected it from Pharaoh and Ahab and Jezebel. He protected it from the Babylonians and the Assyrians. He protected it from Haman and Herod and Pontius Pilate. And then He protected it from the enemy’s final stand and snatched it from the clutches of death and the grave.

Oh, the wonder and grandeur of God who has given us a Savior, Christ the Lord!

~Del Tackett

2 Comments »

  1. A beautiful posting, here is a little from my diary from what I feel is relivent to what you write that I feel has been inspired by the Holy Spirit:

    See new growth comes from old, they are my workmanship, lifted up and given nourishment, broken free of their shackles they stand proud in me, trees planted to heal the nations and birds flying free, nothing shall hamper them. A place of rest and refuge, seen by all, non will be cut down, all will bare fruit, washed clean with my dew, delicately planted in my garden where no weeds grow.

    The time has come for my delicate flowers to bloom brighter, to stand out against the stark landscape and deliver messages to those left hanging and tethered, I shine a light onto these poor souls, who have no ground to walk on and are blown around in every passing gust of wind. My trees will shelter them, they will show them my World and how eternity lies within. They will see the strength of my children, how none can stop their messages and these are stamped on their very hearts. They will take my truths with them where ever they go, they wont be thrown away, they will instead enable those who are broken to stick their lives back together again, for new life to come into existence and bear fruit themselves.

    See my roses bloom without end, and that acorns previously of darkness turn into my royal, golden truth, the keys have been given them to my garden, so they see nature in all its glory and they bring understanding and hope to countless stars in the making. Hearts beat in unison at the darkest hour to stand against those who would devide and the plasters of love will penetrate the darkest corners to bring light and truth, my shadow covers them, my light brighter to cut through and wipe away the grime of the past. Their bars exposed, they tread new paths, those where my shadow covers them with healing in their hands and where I clearly show them new growth.

    Comment by A Bride of Christ — January 2, 2012 @ 6:27 pm | Reply

    • I thank you for taking the time to post that.

      I do believe however, that there will be readers who will read the comment and ask, “Did I miss something?”

      The “seed” of Genesis 3:15, which is the “seed” the whole article is referring to is not referencing plants, or flowers, or trees, or roses. This is where the newer translations are most helpful, such as the NLT:

      Gen 3:15 “And I will cause hostility between you and the woman,
      and between your offspring and her offspring.
      He will strike your head,
      and you will strike his heel.”

      The ESV, Amplified, Good News, both NIV editions and the NLT all go with “offspring.” The text speaks of successive generations; only the KJV, NKJV, NASB and HCSB retain “seed,” which apparently is capable of some ambiguity or confusion. Hence the need for new translations.

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — January 2, 2012 @ 8:00 pm | Reply


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