Known before time began: Isa 49:1b
Isa 49:1, “Listen to Me, O islands, and pay attention, you peoples from afar. The LORD called Me from the womb; from the body of My mother He named Me.”
God’s antecedent grace provided all means necessary for mankind, including the Savior.
Mat 1:20, 21
Mat 1:20-21, “But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21“She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
The Seed of the Woman: Gen 3:15
Gen 3:15, “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.”
The “seed” is narrowed to the singular “He” and the singular “you” which anticipates a person–a particular “seed” who does battle with the serpent–who is Satan.
Gal 3:16, “Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as referring to many, but rather to one, “And to your seed,” that is, Christ.
Gal 3:19, “Why the Law then? It was added because of transgressions, having been ordained through angels by the agency of a mediator, until the seed would come to whom the promise had been made.”
Rom 16:20, “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.”
Two things about the seed:
A) “Her seed would bruise, crush the serpent’s head.”
[This clearly portrays a mortal wound which means her seed would be victorious.] A deliverance is anticipated.
B) “The serpent would bruise her seed on the heel.”
[Her seed would suffer, but it would not be a mortal wound or one that would lead to defeat.] A deliverer who suffers, but is ultimately victorious is promised.
Note: Satan has tried and failed throughout history to cut off the seed:
- First by killing Abel.
- Then, during Noah’s time, by destroying the human race except for 8 people; (sons of God with daughter of men).
- Through many attacks of the blood line and captivities of the Nation Israel.
- By killing the male children at the time of Christ’s birth.
- In medieval times, the Spanish Inquisition.
- In modern times, through the Holocaust of WWII.
- In the future, during the Tribulation when Israel is poised for final destruction.
- At the end of the Millennium, in the Gog and Magog revolution.
- Wipe out the bloodline, wipe out the Seed. Wipe out the nation. Wipe out the kingdom for the Seed to rule.
Fulfilled: Gal 4:4
Gal 4:4, “But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law.”
All in the Family:
P: Gen 9:26-27
F: Luke 3:36
From Abraham’s Family:
P: Gen 12:1-3; 18;18
Gen 18:18, “since Abraham will surely become a great and mighty nation, and in him all the nations of the earth will be blessed?”
F: Mat 1:1; Luke 3:34; Gal 3:16
Gal 3:16, “Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as referring to many, but rather to one, “And to your seed,” that is, Christ.”
Through Abraham’s Seed We See:
1) A specific land is now in view.
2) A specific nation.
3) Universal blessings are promised for all nations.
From Isaac’s Family:
P: Gen 17:19; 21:12
Gen 17:19 But God said, “No, but Sarah your wife will bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; and I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him.
F: Mat 1:2; Luke 3:34
From Jacob’s Family:
P: Gen 28:14; Num 24:17
Gen 28:14, “and in your descendants shall all the families of the earth be blessed.”
Num 24:17, “I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near; A star shall come forth from Jacob, A scepter shall rise from Israel, And shall crush through the forehead of Moab, And tear down all the sons of Sheth.”
F: Mat 1:2; Luke 3:34
Of the Tribe of Judah:
P: Gen 49:10; Micah 5:2
Gen 49:10, “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes, And to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.”
(1) “Judah” means praise. In this tribe, God would do that which would cause men to lift up their voice to Him in praise.
(2) “The scepter” and “the ruler’s staff” clearly refer to the right to rule or to the royal line.
(3) “Shiloh” is clearly a messianic title for “the seed of the woman, the Deliverer who would come.”
(4) “Shiloh” may mean “peaceful” or “peacemaker” after the promise of Isaiah 9:6 (cf. Eph. 2:14-17). Or it may mean, “whose it is” or “he to whom it belongs,” i.e., the right to rule.
The declaration is that the right to rule would remain in Judah and that out of Israel herself, no impostor would sit on the throne of Israel until Shiloh, the Peacemaker, comes to rule and his kingdom is established.
Isa 9:6, “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”
F: Mat 1:2, 3; Luke 3:33; Heb 7:14; Rev 5:5; Eph 2:14
Eph 2:14-17, “For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, 15by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, 16and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity. 17And He came and preached peace to you who were far away, and peace to those who were near;”
Heb 7:14, “For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah, a tribe with reference to which Moses spoke nothing concerning priests.”
In the Family of Jesse:
P: 1 Sam 16:1; Isa 11:1, 10
1 Sam 16:1, “Now the LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and go; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have selected a king for Myself among his sons.”
F: Mat 1:6; Luke 3:32
Of the Family of David and Heir to the Throne:
P: 1 Sam 16:12-13; 2 Sam 7:12-16; Psa 132:11; Isa 9:6,7; Jerm 23:5, 6
F: Mat 1:1, 6-7; Luke 1:32, 33; 3:23-38; John 7:42; Rev 22:16
Birthplace of Bethlehem: Micah 5:2
Mat 2:1-6; Luke 2:4; John 7:42
The Time of His birth: Daniel 9:25
Luke 2:1-7; Gal 4:4
Born of a Virgin: Isa 7:14
Mat 1:18, 23; Luke 1:26-35
The Slaughter of the Children: Jer 31:15
The Flight to Egypt: Hosea 11:1