An examination of the Seed Promise as contained in Genesis 1-4 brings us to the clear conclusion that the fulfillment will be through one person. The “Seed” of the Seed Promise is a singular being. Yet we have already seen that multiple fulfillments of individuals will point to or serve as a picture of that “Seed” which we can refer to as a person. Here is the main text:
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."
Some conclusions are in order. The Seed will be a male person. The Seed will be responsible for crushing the head of the serpent, or Adversary. That means that this person will be more powerful than the Adversary. The human race had just fallen into a place of subservience to the Adversary, so it seems like it would be impossible for this Seed to defeat the Adversary, but we know that God’s promises are true. This Person would be the Savior of the human race as a whole.
The first picture of the Savior would be Abel. He would be murdered simply because he was righteous. His death would cry out to God. Yet we know that Abel was not the ultimate fulfillment because another was appointed in his place after he died. Seth would be the next picture followed by his son, Enos.
Another excellent picture of the Savior is that of Enoch. Here is a man who walked with God. In a day when Cain’s city, which is named Enoch, is thriving in commerce, industry, creativity, yet in a cesspool of ungodliness as well, another man named Enoch is born of the godly lineage of Seth. Here the ungodly society named after Enoch, son of Cain, is contrasted with one man who walks with God. There couldn’t be a clearer picture of the Savior than one man walking with God in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation than Enoch, son of Jared. We know that Enoch is accepted by God since God takes him to be with Himself. Here is a man who does not experience death because of his close fellowship with God. It is a throwback to the days of Eden when God walked and talked with Adam and Eve. Remember that Adam was still alive for the first 308 years of Enoch’s life. It should not be thought of as pure coincidence that this garden of Eden language is employed here. Enoch had a chance to talk to Adam and knew the type of fellowship that he had with God in the garden.
The next clear picture is that of Noah. While Lamech is obviously a prophet, his description is too brief to serve as a picture of the Coming One. Noah’s life serves as a vivid picture of the Savior of the world. The earth is under God’s judgment, yet God in His grace intends to save the earth. Noah would be responsible for the means through which the earth will be saved. Not all of humanity will be saved, only a remnant. All who believe in the LORD and enter the ark will be saved, but the rest of the earth will be destroyed. Noah remains a fallen man as his final years show, but his life still points to a Coming One who will save the world from God’s judgment.
Example after example could be given. Three that stand out are Melchizedek, Moses, and David; priest, prophet, and king respectively. These three stand as patterns painted so intricately on the pages of history, that their lives can trace the very pattern of the Savior. As we read the scriptures, we should understand that all these examples in the OT are built upon the foundation of the Seed Promise. A man would be born who would fulfill the promise which God made in the garden of Eden to buy back humanity from sin. Our study of the covenants should not begin with the nation of Israel, Abraham, or even Noah. It should begin with God’s promise in Genesis 3:15, the Seed Promise.
And yet all these pictures could not adequately demonstrate to humanity what the true Savior would be to mankind. This study is not meant to be all encompassing, but should serve as a foundation for how we view the scriptures, especially the OT as it looks forward to the Man to be born of a woman who would deliver mankind from the Adversary’s grip.
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