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Restoration: By the "Seed of Eve" and the "Lamb of God"

In the previous Biblical doctrine lesson (lesson 3), we saw that God created man (Adam) and gave him dominion (freedom) over God's creation (the earth). In that lesson we also saw that Adam and Eve disobeyed God (sinned) and were separated from God (punished). Genesis chapter three not only tells about the first sin, but also God's plan of restoration.

After the fall (sin of Adam and eve) God makes a promise to Satan, Eve, and all mankind. That promise is about a "seed of Eve" who will crush the head of Satan. The Bible traces this "seed promise" through Eve, Abraham, and David.

Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

This "seed of Eve" later becomes the promise to Abraham when in Gen 12:3 God says "And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed."

In Gal 3:16 the Bible states "Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ."

In 1Ch 17:11-12 we that the "seed" promise to Eve and Abraham becomes the "seed" promised to David, "And it shall come to pass, when thy days be expired that thou must go [to be] with thy fathers, that I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons; and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build me an house, and I will establish his throne forever." (God speaking to David)

The seed of Abraham was not Isaac but Christ. The seed of David was not Solomon but Christ. Isaac and Solomon were the human seed bearers, Christ was the ultimate "Seed".

Also the Bible is full of "parallels", that is the concept where the same thing or concept is mentioned in multiple forms (illustrations). For example in Genesis chapter three the concept of the "Seed" and the "coat of skins" both represent Christ.

The concept of the "coat of skins" (death of an animal) quickly explodes into a "sacrificial system" that provides for a substitute for God's requirement of "eat of tree of knowledge" and die. Jesus later becomes that ultimate substitutional sacrifice. The exodus story of Israel from Egypt starting in the book Exodus and ending in the book Joshua is a picture (type) of the salvation story of how a Christian is delivered from bondage of sin by the "Passover Lamb", Jesus Christ.

1 Cor 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

In John1:29 John the Baptist says "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world" referring to Jesus. In the book of Revelation God's Word says "Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing". (Rev 5:12) The whole Bible is a story about how Jesus becomes the "last Adam" and is both the "Seed" and the "Lamb". Sin enters mankind by the way of the first Adam and is purged from man by the blood of the last Adam who is Christ.

1 Cor 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam [was made] a quickening spirit.

1 Cor 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Do some additional research on the concept of Christ as that promised "Seed" and the "Lamb of God". This research should increase your understanding how the Bible has a single thread from cover to cover, Genesis to Revelation with the message, "nothing but Jesus and Him crucified".

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.