I’m so excited about this new series, Reader! I’m excited because it’s an opportunity to learn just what those Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah are fulfilled by the Lord Jesus Christ. I’m also excited because it’s a study I’ve never done all at once. I’ve heard many messages throughout the years of my salvation dealing with Messianic prophecies but I’ve never actually done a specific study on the topic. I hope you are as excited as I am and that we can share together the beauty of the Scriptures. It truly is the living and breathing Word of God!! Each time we sit down and read its pages, the Holy Spirit of the Living God breathes on us and illuminates us. We should take it in as though our very lives depended on it. In fact, our lives really do need to depend on God’s Word. I’m so thankful for the Jewish heritage and what they went through to preserve the written words of God Almighty! I’m thankful that they were God’s chosen to bring salvation to the world! Through the Jews came our wonderful Saviour, the Messiah of all! This history and God’s Words are what direct our paths, amen?
How many times have you read through this verse? If you’re like me, probably too many times to recall, right? (I try to read through Psalms and Proverbs every month. In fact, if you’re interested in that reading schedule, you can go here.) But have you ever meditated on the meaning of Psalm 119:105? As yourself: (1) What is God trying to teach me in this verse? (2) How can I have a better “walk” with God by heeding its message? When we let the light of God’s Word light our every step, we can be sure we will not fall into the traps of the enemy. Imagine yourself in the woods walking along a path you have never walked on before. It’s almost dark and you can’t see the bumps and small holes that could twist your ankle. Wouldn’t you want the brightest flashlight possible to shine the way so you don’t hurt yourself? That’s exactly what this verse is trying to tell us! The Christian life is like this analogy. We have no idea what’s going to happen tomorrow, let alone in the next few minutes. We can have every moment of every day planned. I love this Yiddish adage:
“Mann Tracht, Un Gott Lacht” is an old Yiddish adage meaning, “Man Plans, and God Laughs.”
God is in the future just as much as He is in the past and the present. He gave us His Word so that it could be that bright proverbial flashlight to light our way. Since God knew Adam and Eve would make the wrong choices, He had already made a way to draw us back into fellowship with Him! \o/ He wants to walk in the garden with His creation once again and He will accomplish His plan. Walk with me as we go through God’s redemptive plan from the beginning of time.
God existed even before time began and that is why He calls Himself, “I am.” (Exodus 3:14) He is not the god of the dead – He is the Living God of past, present and future. He knew, and still knows, what has happened and what is going to happen. When we view God in this light, we see that as much as He loves mankind, He also knows that His perfect creation would have a free will to choose. If God had wanted a robot to do whatever He says, He would have created a robot. However, He did not want this; instead, He created man for fellowship with Him. We see His desire with the fact that He walked in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve. He wanted mankind to choose between loving Him or to love sin more.
Did you ever wonder why Adam and Eve made the choice to disobey God despite living in a “Utopia-type” world? I still can’t wrap my head around that one. When you take a look at your own free will, can’t you see the battle within Adam and Eve? God’s promise in today’s verse is made to Satan. God says that Eve’s seed would bruise Satan’s head but that Satan would bruise the heel of that Eve’s seed. This is an extremely old promise and God promises that one of Eve’s descendants would defeat that old serpent, Satan! (Revelation 12:9 and Revelation 20:2)
The Old Testament Scripture normally speaks of man bearing the seed. The seed of a man is the only way a woman can get pregnant. But if you notice in this case, God speaks of a woman’s seed. The very different part of this promise is that the woman who bears this seed does so without the help of a man (the virgin birth)! So who was the Father of this particular seed and who was to come from this woman’s seed? She was found with child of the Holy Ghost according to Matthew 1:18.
The child could not be anyone else but Jesus! He was not born of Joseph’s seed but only of Mary’s seed which was “brought to life” by the Holy Spirit! It gives us the “fulfilled” meaning of John 3:16:
Jesus existed from the beginning so how can He be “begotten”? His redemptive plan since the Garden of Eden had to be fulfilled in this manner. As far back as Adam and Eve, God required an offering. We see this in Genesis 4:3. Cain disobeyed due to his pride and brought the works of his own hands: the fruit of the ground he tilled. Abel, on the other hand, brought the firstlings of his flock. From that moment, a sacrificial lamb was required. The only way Jesus could be the Perfect Sacrificial Lamb was for Him to come to earth, take on human form through the Holy Spirit, and be born of a virgin! We will see those Scriptures of the Messiah in another post. Jesus would then live a perfect, sinless life so He could be that spotless Lamb of God to be sacrificed for all of mankind’s sins, not just those of the Jews. Yes, He was born of a human being, but remember, He existed before the beginning of man.
In this first post, it’s important to note that God desires to walk amongst us, as He did in the Garden of Eden. In order to do so, sin must be punished. Satan wants nothing more than to take as many souls with him to Hell. However, God desires restored fellowship and He had a plan to accomplish this.
As stated in Matthew 1:18, Jesus was not born of man’s seed but of the Holy Spirit through Mary.
Jesus was the first born from the dead (His resurrection) so that we could be “born again” in the Spirit with newness of life! He is the beginning of the Church and He is the head of of the Church!
When Jesus was born, Satan did all he could to destroy Jesus so that He would not be able to die on the cross and be resurrected from the dead. He influenced Herod to kill baby boys under two years old so Jesus would be defeated. He tried everything he could to keep Jesus from resurrecting. But nothing could keep Jesus in the grave! Praise the Lord!!! Being God, Jesus knew that He would be resurrected! The devil was told in the Garden of Eden that the woman’s seed would bruise his head (Jesus would descend from Israel) and all the devil would be able to do is bruise Jesus’ heel; Satan would not be able to defeat Jesus nor Israel. He has tried to destroy the Jews since then and has yet to succeed. History tells us about the persecution and martyred early Church Jews (just read Foxe’s Book of Martyrs). History tells us about Hitler’s monstrous efforts to annihilate the Jews in World War II. But the remnant of his efforts grew. According to Wikipedia:
As of 2020, the world’s “core” Jewish population was estimated at 14.8 million, 0.2% of the 7.95 billion worldwide population.
Jesus will not be defeated. He will come to judge the earth and defeat Satan.
So the prophecy of Genesis 3:15 is fulfilled by the One and Only Saviour of mankind, our Lord Jesus Christ! Do you know Him personally or do you only know of Him? I want to be sure that anyone who reads the posts on this blog can know beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are going to Heaven. Have you received Christ as your Saviour? If no, your sins are not covered by His sacrificial offering of Himself. You have not been redeemed by His blood. It is no coincidence that God has placed you here for such a time as this so that you may be saved if you are not already. Please click here and the link will open up in a separate tab to You Can Be Born Again and Know It!