God’s Thoughts to Me
Had Jesus Christ been born as you and I were born, by natural conception through the line of Adam, He too would have been in Adam (The Mystery of Godliness, Maj. Ian W Thomas).
I am delighted today to introduce my dear brother and friend, Joseph Pote. Joe is an avid Bible student since childhood and teaches Sunday School.
He lives with his wife and 12 year old son on a farm outside Hope, Arkansas, U.S.A. Joe is a structural engineer and has agreed to honor me today by being a guest writer at my blog. To visit Joe, just click on his picture. Thank you, friend, and over to you..
Born of a Virgin
Impossible, yet, it happened…the virgin birth of Christ, an essential part of God’s plan of salvation.
We will look at three specific reasons for the virgin birth:
- to identify Jesus as the Messiah (Christ)
- to qualify Jesus as our Kinsman-Redeemer
- to illustrate how Jesus delivers us
Identifying Jesus as Messiah
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold a virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and she will call His name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)
Christ’s virgin birth fulfilled the prophesy that Jesus is the Messiah. It could only be made possible by God and was chosen as a sign to prove that Jesus is Christ…Immanuel…God with us.
Qualifying Jesus to be our Kinsman-Redeemer
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)
This first Messianic prophecy was spoken by God, to the serpent, after Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit. God promised a coming Redeemer even before He banished them from the garden.
In scripture, the seed is pictured as coming from the man, while the woman’s womb is pictured as a fertile environment for the seed to develop into a child. Yet here God speaks of the woman’s seed.
Before creation God had already planned for Messiah to be conceived without an earthly father…to be born of a virgin. Jesus is the seed of the woman.
And I will put enmity…between your seed and her seed…
The seed of the woman is Jesus Christ. Who is the seed of the serpent?
Jesus said to them, “If you are Abraham’s children, do the deeds of Abraham. But as it is, you are seeking to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God; this Abraham did not do.
You are doing the deeds of your father. … You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him.
Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies…” (John 8:39-45 – emphasis mine)
The seed of the serpent are those who do the deeds of Satan…those who are at enmity with God…those who walk in sin. The seed of the serpent are all the descendants of Adam who reject Jesus as Christ (1 John 5:1&19).
Adam was created in covenant with God (Genesis 1:27 & 2:7, Hosea 6:7). When Adam sinned, he entered into covenant with the kingdom of darkness.
This is the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil…being in covenant with both good and evil.
Remember those fictional stories about people making deals with the devil then despairing because Satan gained legal right to their souls?
This was the issue facing mankind after Adam’s fall…the devil had legal claim over Adam’s soul.
In the Old Testament, covenant is a father-to-son inheritance. The sons inherited not only the father’s property, but also his covenant relationships, including his debts.
So, not only was Adam in covenant with evil…so were all his descendants. What a seemingly hopeless situation! How can we escape an evil legacy inherited from birth? Every human child is born into Adam’s covenant with evil.
Every child…except Jesus!
Jesus was born of a virgin! Jesus is the seed of the woman, conceived with no earthly father from whom to inherit Adam’s covenant.
Conceived of the Holy Spirit, Jesus was born in covenant with God but not in covenant with evil.
As the only descendant of Adam born with no covenant ties to the kingdom of darkness, only Jesus was qualified to act as our Kinsman-Redeemer. Only Jesus could redeem us from the kingdom of darkness.
For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:13-14)
“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone,
A costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed.
He who believes in it will not be disturbed.
I will make justice the measuring line
And righteousness the level;
Then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies
And the waters will overflow the secret place.
Your covenant with death will be canceled,
And your pact with Sheol will not stand… (Isaiah 28:16-18)
Only Jesus was qualified to be our Kinsman-Redeemer, and His virgin birth was an essential part of God’s plan of redemption.
Illustrating how Jesus would Deliver Us
Every first-born male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord. (Luke 2:23)
Luke quoted from the book of Exodus to explain the infant consecration of Jesus. This edict was given to Israel after the plague of the death of the first-born of Egypt.
In memory of God’s deliverance, they were to consecrate all first-born males to the Lord.
Like many aspects of the Old Testament, this law also carried a foreshadowing of the coming Messiah and was only completely fulfilled in Jesus.
Every first-born male that opens the womb…
Of the many first-born males in Israel, only one opened the womb as Jesus did. A betrothed Israeli virgin expected the physical barrier to her womb to be opened on her wedding night.
That was the night where the bride and groom became one flesh … the passion and intimacy of love by which the marital blood covenant was consummated.
This rending of the barrier is essential for conception of a child. Jesus, however, was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. The barrier to Mary’s womb was intact until the time of Jesus’ birth.
John, speaking of the uniqueness of Christ’s birth, said,
This is the one who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ; not with the water only, but with the water and with the blood.
And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that bear witness, the Spirit and the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. (1 John 5:6-8)
Only Jesus is truly a “…first-born male that opens the womb…called holy to the Lord.”
So…what does this have to do with Jesus delivering us?
In scripture, the womb is often used as a metaphor for Sheol, the place of the dead. Sheol is pictured as a place of constriction where the Old Testament saints were confined, awaiting deliverance, much as a baby is confined in the womb.
The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up;
His sin is stored up.
The pains of childbirth come upon him;
He is not a wise son,
For it is not the time that he should delay at the opening of the womb.
Shall I ransom them from the power of Sheol?
Shall I redeem them from death?
O Death, where are your thorns?
O Sheol, where is your sting? (Hosea 13:12-14)
The latter part of this passage was quoted by Paul as having been victoriously fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Paul also said of Jesus:
He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the first-born from the dead; so that He Himself might come to have first place in everything (Colossians 1:18 – emphasis mine).
Jesus, who opened the womb, also opened the tomb. He is the first-born who opened the womb for His younger siblings to follow…and He is the first-resurrected who opened the gates of Death for His people to follow.
A midwife delivers a baby by working from the outside to assist the baby out of the womb into the mother’s arms.
Jesus delivers by joining us in our place of bondage and leading us out into liberating relationship with the Father.
In His birth, Jesus opened the womb. In His death, Jesus opened the Holy of Holies, rending the temple veil both on earth and in Heaven. In His resurrection, Jesus opened the gates of Sheol.
Through Jesus Christ, our Deliverer, we are truly born again!
Hallelujah, what a Savior!
From what bondage has Jesus redeemed and delivered you?
Thanks again so much , dear Joe. I am linking this post at some of the places on my Tea Time and Link-Up Page.
46 thoughts on “The Seed of Eve”
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Hi Mia, Thinking of you and wanted to offer you this prayer from Psalm 20 (1-5).
May the Lord answer you when you are in distress;
may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
May he send you help from the sanctuary
and grant you support from Zion.
May he remember all your sacrifices
and accept your burnt offerings.[b]
May he give you the desire of your heart
and make all your plans succeed.
May we shout for joy over your victory
and lift up our banners in the name of our God.
May the Lord grant all your requests.
Be well, friend.
God had the plan – didn’t He – even before the Eve took the apple. Your post is a wonderful reflection and explanation for this Easter season. I’d never seen this scripture until this past week – and as a mother of 5 sons – it has given me much to think about: “Every first-born male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord” (Luke 2:23). Still thinking about it – and in the context you use it now. Thanks Joe for your post!
Mia – hope you are doing o.k. Praying for you!
Yes,the planning and forethought give a glimpse of a new dimension of His grace.
Thank you, Maryleigh! Have a blessed advent season!
Mia, missing you and praying that you’re doing OK.
Hope to see you back in Blog Land soon.
Joe and Mia — Joe’s sound theology paired with Mia’s beautiful visuals pack a powerful punch here! Thanks for linking up at Thought-Provoking Thursday. 🙂
Thank YOU, Lyli!
Mia’s visuals really do draw the reader in while enhancing the message, don’t they?
Blessings to you!
Oh, and Mia, I thank you for hosting Joe and hope that you share a link of this over at Wedded Wed. I don’t think I saw this over there. Prayers are still being lifted on your behalf, my friend! I do hope you are doing better physically!
This is so well-written, Joe and you’ve explained so many details about the Kinsman-Redeemer that I don’t think I’ve ever heard before. I remember studying about the Kinsman-Redeemer when I was doing a Kay Arthur study decades ago. It was new information to me then, although I was raised in church and a P.K.! (Don’t know why it’s not taught more or more completely in churches.) But you’ve just opened up a whole new understanding that flows not just from the story of Ruth, but from Adam and Eve to Christ. Amazing!
Hah! You and I have more in common than I realized, Beth!
I am also a P.K. raised in church, with multiple services and Bible studies each week. AND I, too, first really latched onto biblical covenants and the kinsman-redeemer as an adult, through Kay Arthur’s books and classes. Learning to watch for covenant terms in my Bible reading has really opened my eyes in how the biblical story unfolds and fits together.
I’m glad the insights were beneficial to you, as well!
Thank you, my friend!
thank you for a detailed study in why Jesus had to be fully God and fully man, and yet from “her seed,”…I love the hope God plants right away of redemption early in Genesis….so gracious of Him….blessings to you 🙂 (Hi Mia, hope you are feeling well and all the wedding prep is going smoothly for Simon).
Yes, I love how God introduces the essentials of redemption and deliverance right from the start, then continues to sprinkle more details throughout the Old Testament.
Thank you, Dolly! God Bless!
Only God could have redeemed me, I was so lost in sin and stubborn to His call, but God did not give up on me, and now I am here, learning, growing, loving God and showing Him to others… Waiting for the trumpet sound to eternal bliss with Him.
Thanks a lot for this details Joe, do have a super blessed day today!
Amen! Yes, we were all so lost…whether we realized it or not. I’m so thankful for His redemption!
Have a blessed day, Ugochi!
Well done, Joe! Only the perfect sacrifice of the blood of God himself could cover sin for eternity. The sacrifice of the Father and Son is the infinite love of His creation. I really enjoyed this and appreciate your passion, brother. Thanks for having Joe over, Mia.
Yes, the perfect atoning sacrifice!
Thank you, Floyd! Have a blessed day!
Mia, thanks for hosting Joe in your lovely space! I remember when you shared some of these thoughts at your place and your insight into scripture is just wonderful. I always enjoy your teachings.
Thank you, Laura! I always look forward to your comments,as well as your posts.
Have a blessed day, my friend!
Man sinned, and man had to pay – – except a normal man would have the blood of Adam and only Holy blood could pay for our redemption. The babie’s blood comes from his father, and the man/God – -Jesus’ father is God, thus his blood was holy and the only blood that could atone for adams sin. I am so thankful for His sacrifice! Thank you and Joe for sharing your awesome story with us here at “Tell Me a Story.”
Hazel, the necessity of Christ’s virgin birth became so much clearer to me after I started studying biblical covenants and realized the significance of covenant inheritance.
And, yes, the need for perfect atoning sacrifice! I didn’t really cover that aspect, but it was just as necessary. Thank you for bringing in that apsect, as well.
Blessing to you!
Joe, what a mighty and meaty post you have shared! I learned some new insights, thank you!
We can study the birth and life and death and resurrection of Jesus, and I still don’t think we’ll ever be able to completely comprehend the humility and love it took to come to earth as our Savior. Grateful for His grace, we are tremendously blessed!
Thanks, Mia, for sharing Joe!!
“We can study the birth and life and death and resurrection of Jesus, and I still don’t think we’ll ever be able to completely comprehend the humility and love it took to come to earth as our Savior.”
Thank you, Sharon! God bless!
Mia, thank you for sharing Joe with us.
Joe, thank you for the in-depth study that reveals God’s hand throughout scripture!
Thank you, Nancy!
Yes, these little details…so easily overlooked…yet so carefully knitting together the fabric of God’s story. It really does show God’s hand…scripture, itself, revealing the author by the detailed magnificence of the story.
Blessings to you!
Always happy to read Joe’s writings; it’s nice to find him visiting with you, Mia.
So many beautiful truths here. Love this:
“God promised a coming Redeemer even before He banished them from the garden.”
It amazes me still how purposed God has always been, and how faithful he is to always keep his promises. Lots of depth in this one post about the whole plan of salvation. Thanks for sharing!
“It amazes me still how purposed God has always been, and how faithful he is to always keep his promises.”
Yes, me too, Lisa! I think this is part of why I never tire of reading the Bible. Each reading reveals new truths and deeper details of God’s soverign plans and His faithfulness.
Thank you,so much, my friend!
Joe and Mia, Such a beautiful and priceless gift He has given us. To be loved like this, I’m not sure I will or can ever fully appreciate this gift, but I try every day to show my gratitude by passing on His great name to others. This is a WONDERFUL message, Joe! Coming over from Playdates.
Yes, such priceless love! For Him to have planned each detail so carefully and so far in advance…knowing the awful cost…yet willing to die for our salvation…
This is love!
Thank you, Kim! Have a blessed week!
Joe and Mia; this is a beautiful illustration of the inimitable miracle in the virgin birth of Christ. You did an awesome job of making it clear of how Jesus delivers us to be born again when we receive a relationship with him! Love and blessings you two!
Thank you, Denise! He truly is an amazing Redeemer and Deliverer!
Blessings to you!
This helped me to see clearly how the story of God’s rescuing us is so rich. It filled my heart with joy. Thank you!
It truly is joyous seeing the richness of God’s planning in preparing our salvation, isn’t it? Thank you, for sharing that perspective.
Blessings to you!
Many thanx. God bless.
Thank you, Victor!
Thanks for helping out my dear wifey with this profound guest post! The Bible is so full of treasures which read over every day. I have read all the Bible passages that you quoted countless times and never made the connection. The Lord really used you to show me the real miracle of the virgin birth. By the way, she does have a way with the presentation of a post, hey? Blessings
Thank you, Andre! I absolutely love it when the Holy Spirit shows me new truth in old familiar passages! I love it even more when He let’s me share that with someone else.
Yes, Mia is truly gifted in presentation of a blog post! It is so much more than just adding pictures…she uses illustrations to aid in the communication…to help bring the words alive to the reader.
It has truly been a pleasure working with her on this project!
Thank you for linking up at Recommendation Saturday! Heart Hugs, Shelly ❤
Thank you for stopping by and commenting, Shelly!
Blessings to you!
Thanks for sharing at Essential Fridays.
Mel from Essential Thing Devotions
Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Mel!
Blessings to you!
Hi Joe! So nice to meet you today!
Thank you for this really in-depth look at the Virgin birth. This really is a stumbling block to so many. They don’t understand how something like that can happen. But it needed to happen, didn’t it?
Interesting point about the ‘seed’. I guess I never thought of it that way. Great reflection!
And Mia really does have a way with images, doesn’t she?
Happy Valentine’s Day 🙂
Isn’t it funny how people stumble over the virgin birth? Every birth is a miracle, yet because the miracle occurs daily people choose to disregard it. So God provides a truly unique miracle in the virgin birth of Christ, and because they were not present to witness it, the same people disregard it on the assumption that it could not possibly have happened. The very fact that it is a completely unique impossible-to-replicate event is exactly why it is such a perfect sign of Messiah.
And, yes, it is oh so necessary, on so many levels!
Who but God could possibly have planned and ordained such a means of salvation?
Thank you, Ceil, and Happy Valentine’s Day!
Thank YOU, Mia! You are such a gracious hostess! And your beautiful illustrations really make the text come alive.
I feel very honored to be here!
Blessings to you, my dear friend!
Joe, this is great stuff. beautifully crafted.
I never really had a Jesus moment of release from bondage, or redemption…indeed, my relationship with Him is rather aridly intellectual, and that I regret.
He’s there – that I know. And His message to me is a call to duty first, and last. Perhaps that’s a deliverance from a bondage of sloth and selfishness?
Thank you, Andrew! I think kudos for the beautifully crafted post go more to Mia than to me. I’m astounded to see how much presentation and illustration bring the text alive!
You know, the Bible says, “By grace are ye saved, through faith…” (Eph 2:8) It doesn’t say anything about how, exactly that is worked out for each individual. I believe Christ’s call to each of us is as unique as our own personalities.
In Ephesians 1:3-14, Paul also speaks extensively of our having been predestined from before the foundation of the world, for a specific inheritance and destiny. I am convinced that different aspects of God’s glory are reflected in each one of His children, individually.
God is working in you and through you. Keep reflecting the spectrum of His glory that you’re designed and destined to reflect!
Blessings to you, my friend!