THE RACE IS ONAdam (1) & Seth (2)Genesis 5:1-81This is the book of the generations of Adam. When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. 2 Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them Man when they were created. 3 When Adam had lived 130 years, he fathered a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.4 The days of Adam after he fathered Seth were 800 years; and he had other sons and daughters. 5 Thus all the days that Adam lived were 930 years, and he died. 6 When Seth had lived 105 years, he fathered Enosh. 7 Seth lived after he fathered Enosh 807 years and had other sons and daughters. 8 Thus all the days of Seth were 912 years, and he died.
The Bible genealogy starts with a man named Adam
. He is known as the 1st Adam. He named his wife Eve, meaning “mother of all the living.”
Adam is referred to as the “son of God,” (Luke 3:38) meaning that he was created directly by God (from the dust of the ground). He was not born from the seed of an earthly father.
When Adam and Eve sinned, death entered the scene. The curse of death was not only for humans but also for animals... grass... trees... etc. Nothing would live forever.
Death was initially a slow process and explains why man lived for hundreds of years.
God knew this death pattern was not sustainable. That’s the reason for His Seed plan.From Genesis 3:15, the countdown begins toward a 2nd Adam.
Think of this as a “do-over” Adam. A remake. A second attempt to establish God’s perfect creation.
This 2nd Adam would be a perfect, sinless man that would one day redeem man’s fallen condition.
God could have redeemed Adam immediately. With the snap of the fingers, Adam #2 could have entered the garden.
Or God could have introduced this redeemer seed in a second-generation... or in three generations. Or maybe ten.But God chose sixty-plus generations of fathers – over approximately 4,000 years - to arrive at this 2nd Adam.
Adam and Eve had two sons, Cain and Abel. What beautiful creature boys they must have been. Perhaps one of them could transfer the Seed forward.
But Satan was at work. Tragedy struck again. Cain killed Abel. Not a good start for the Seed journey.
So Eve bore another son to Adam and named him Seth. God chose to route the Seed through Seth. Why did God route the Seed through Seth and not Cain or some other son?
We don’t know. We’ll learn that’s the case with all God’s decisions regarding the line of the Seed.God’s sovereignty prevails.
Sometimes the line of the Seed makes sense from our perspective. Other times it doesn’t.
But from Adam to Seth, the first transfer of the Seed is in the books.
And for our Advent Journey, following the Seed to Bethlehem... the race is on!
----------------------------------------------------------------------------When we think of Eve, we mostly think of her sin in the garden. But consider Eve as a mother of children.
How devastating must it have been for Eve to lose a child to the violence of a sibling?
Do you think Eve had any idea how the “seed of the woman” (Gen 3:15) would one day redeem man’s fallen nature?
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