Category Archives: Jesus in Genesis

Jesus: Creator, Redeemer, Savior

This week is the most special time of remembering for all followers of Jesus. We go from the excitement of honoring Jesus as the eternal King on Palm Sunday, through the sorrow of the crucifixion, and out again into the glorious dawn of His resurrection.

At first, thinking about creation doesn’t seem to fit into this picture. But it does!

The reason I posted the audio link on the right is because Dr. Barrick does a wonderful job helping us see how all of history, from the beginning to the end, points to Jesus’ amazing sacrifice.

Here are some articles I wrote showing us what God tells us about creation directly ties to why Jesus had to die:

I’m also including my article on how sin and salvation can be described in scientific terms. It is my favorite analogy to help young children understand why they need Jesus!

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:5-6

 PS Just ran into a great article talking about creation’s reaction to the event of Jesus’ last week on earth: The Passion of Creation by Ren Blogger

Is Jesus Really THE TRUTH?

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6

There never was a more beautiful, but disliked, verse than this one. People don’t like the reality that you can’t get to heaven without Jesus, no matter how nice and well meaning you are (it is heartbreaking to know how many won’t make it). Many more are sure they are quite alive on their own, thank you very much, and don’t recognize how “dead in sins” (Ephesians 2:1) we all are without Him.

Then, those of us who have found Jesus to be right about these things sometimes have trouble believing He is completely accurate. When we each stand before Jesus to give an account for our lives, it wouldn’t be surprising if all of us have explained away some uncomfortable statement Jesus wanted us to understand. The trick is to submit our mind to God and be willing to see His truth when the Holy Spirit tries to show us.

And [the serpent] said unto the woman, Indeed, has God said, Genesis 3:1

It is a sad fact that millions of people who have enough faith to trust Jesus when He says He’s the Savior of the world don’t believe when He says He’s the Creator of the world. Or, rather, they believe He created, but not the way He described. They believe the popular science of our day has “proved” evolution and/or millions of years are real, so God must have used them.

The problem is, Jesus was clear about what HE believed about creation.

But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. Mark 10:6

That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation; from the blood of Abel… Luke 11:50-51a

For had you believed Moses [who recorded Genesis], you would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if you believe not his writings, how shall you believe my words? John 5:46-47

So, how do people who want to have Jesus be right about sin, but wrong about creation keep from exploding? They explain Jesus’ words away.

Some will tell you Jesus was “just going along” with the popular ideas of His day. The people wanted to believe God created not too long ago in a week, He gave it to them.

Does this sound like the Jesus we know?

Matthew 5:21, 27, 33, 38, 43 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, …. But I say unto you,…. And dozens of other times He got people mad enough to kill Him for rejecting their beliefs.

Jesus knew what the people wanted to hear, but that’s not what He gave them.

Others go even further. They tell us, without blinking, that Jesus had shrunk so small to become a human being, He really believed what He said. But He was wrong. God had hidden from the human Jesus the truth of evolution and/or millions of years, so Jesus wouldn’t shock His listeners. They even take what Jesus said in John 5:46-47 about Moses being trustworthy as mistaken.

Because, of course, modern scientists are way smarter than the people 2,000 years ago (including Jesus) were.

It is possible, even likely, many of the teachers telling us these things will make it to heaven. You don’t have to get every idea right to belong to Jesus, just trust Him to rescue you from your sins by His death.

But can you imagine standing before Jesus and telling Him this to His face? And, what about the people they witness to? Why should they believe one area of the Bible so strongly they are willing to turn their lives over to their Savior if other areas are clearly “proven” wrong?

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent deceived Eve through his false wisdom, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. II Corinthians 11:3

We aren’t surprised when people (and the spiritual powers behind them) try to knock down the authority of God and His Word. It’s been happening since the beginning.

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the tricks of the devil. Ephesians 6:10-11

God has given us powerful protection and weapons. Our job is to learn how to wear and use them. Learning more about science and about the Bible are big parts of our training.

I’ve heard these claims in several places, but the best, super-long discussion about it is:
Jesus, Scripture and Error: An Implicatation of Theistic Evolution by Simon Turpin

Parents: Utilizing the Foolishness of Preaching

For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. I Corinthians 1:21 

Last week I ran into a book trailer video for a Hebrew scholar willing to stand for God’s Word meaning what He says about Adam. It was exciting to pass the 3 minute video around my social media so you could all “like” the video as well. You still can HERE. The scholar’s name is Dr. William D. Barrick.

Someone helped me find Dr. Barrick’s website and it was fun poking around to see what he offers. Being a podcast junkie with discriminating taste, it was especially exciting to see all the audio teachings he offers. As usual, I was expecting him to use big words to communicate big concepts aimed at well-educated grownups. I was in for a surprise.

The first talk I downloaded came from Dr. Barrick’s section on end time talks. I find that stuff fascinating, so even if his style was dry as dust I would learn something. His sermon titled

How does the doctrine of last things complete the doctrine of first things?

seemed the perfect place to start since Creation Science is the expanded study of the “doctrine of first things”.

Praising something too highly tends to backfire, so I won’t say much more about it. But here are some important things:

My husband could hear me shout from the other floor when Dr. Barrick said this:

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Nuf said.

The whole sermon is a beautifully symmetrical layout of the storyline of Scripture. How the End and the Beginning tie together, a bit about the middle sections working toward the center, and a grand close with the “focal point” of eternity:

Jesus: His life, death, burial and resurrection.

The language Dr. Barrick uses is remarkably accessible. He introduces a few fancy terms, but describes them clearly. You might want to discuss what “inverse order”, “metaphorical”, “restoration”, “finite” (I used the analogy of a battery running down), and “intimation” (hint) mean with your younger kids, but other than that, an 8 year old can understand just fine.

I do wish he’d tightened things up a trifle. The whole sermon is 50 minutes long, which means you might need to take a break at some point.

God has chosen preaching above all things except His Word to bring people to Himself. Recognizing this, I’ve put a permanent link to Dr. Barrick’s sermon page in the sidebar so you don’t have to hunt for the link. My plan is to have my family listen every 6 months or so. We’ll be able to develop a framework to hang Scriptural ideas on and have a delightful reminder of why all we study matters.

But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. Galatians 4:4-5

The First Murder and the New Covenant

Cain and Abel; as in Genesis 4; illustration f...

Cain and Abel;

And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaks better things than that of Abel. Hebrews 12:24

And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.   And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel your brother? And he said, I do not know: Am I my brother’s keeper?   And he said, What have you done? the voice of your brother’s blood cries unto me from the ground. Genesis 4:8-10

It sure didn’t take long for people to start being terribly mean to each other did it?  Already what God had said about hatred between the seed of Satan and the seed of Eve was coming true.

God never overlooks a murder no matter how hidden a victim is from other people.  It stains the ground and there is only one thing that can clean it again. Guess what that is!

I really like the verse in Hebrews.  Jesus could have cried out to God like Abel’s death did and brought even more guiltiness down on us.  He could have told God His Father to just wipe us all out and forget about it.  But He didn’t!  Just after Jesus was nailed onto the cross He prayed out loud to God and said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:34

What a relief that is! We can get used to hearing about Jesus’ love for us. That we don’t have to worry about God rejecting us because Jesus paid for our sins.  It’s easy to forget that He had every right to abandon us to hell.  Praise the LORD, He didn’t.

Oh, Jesus’ love is so deep, so free, so huge.  What God the Father and Jesus schemed to do for us is something no one else in the universe would have ever dreamed of doing (I Corinthians 2:8).

We want to be good, earn our own way to God, make Him be happy with us.  That’s what every religion people have invented tells us to do.  But it’s not what God did.  Instead, God tells us all  we are hopeless and deserve nothing but hell.  “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way;” But then God tells us “and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:6

Thank you, Father, for loving me enough to send your Son to suffer and die in my place.  Thank you, Jesus, for being obedient to Your Father and loving me enough to forgive me when my sins killed you.  Thank you for cleaning my whole soul and making me yours.  All that I have and am is Yours.  I am Your servant now and forever.  I love you.  Amen!!!

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He has not treated us as our sins deserve; nor given us the reward of our iniquities.  For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.  Like as a father pities his children, so the LORD pities them that fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust. Psalm 103:10-14

Jesus, the Seed of the Woman

Blumeneck-Kapelle rightContinuing from Yesterday’s Post:

Who is the one person that came from a woman but not from a man?  Who was good enough to please God and strong enough to not be destroyed when He was bruised by Satan?

There is only one answer to this: Jesus.  He was made by God with only Mary’s seed.  He never sinned, so He could keep God’s Laws for us making it possible for God to be pleased with us as well (Ephesians 2:15-18; Colossians 2:14).

Jesus is so powerful that He could take our sin into Himself, and destroy it for all people.

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. II Corinthians 5:21

Who his own self bore our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes you were healed. I Peter 2:24

The only thing left to us is whether we will believe this Good News of Jesus or not.  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: John 1:12

Everyone from Adam and Eve to today has had this choice.  Will I believe Jesus opened the way to God for me?  Am I willing to let Jesus be my master or will I stay a proud slave of sin? Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. Romans 6:18

A scepter of Tsar Boris IIIOh, yes, Jesus won the right to rule the world back from Satan by His death on the Cross.  Someday soon, God will present Him with the title-deed to the earth and Jesus will destroy His enemies and come back to rule forever.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. Isaiah 9:6,7  

And they sung a new song, saying, You are worthy to take the book, and to open its seals: for you were slain, and have redeemed us to God by your blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;  And have made us kings and priests to our God: and we shall reign on the earth. Revelation 5:9,10

Continued here: Covering Sacrifice

Covering Sacrifice

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Ukrainian folk leather coat, Buchach muesum, Buchach, Ukraine

For Adam and his wife the LORD God made coats of skins, and clothed them. Genesis 3:21

What was the very next thing that God did after telling Adam and Eve a savior would come and they were going to have pain and hard work?  The very first death that the universe had ever known happened.  It doesn’t actually quite say it, maybe because it blew Adam’s mind when he wrote it down for us, but it did happen.  In order for God to take the skin of an animal, He had to kill it.

This tells us something really special about God.  He knows that we can never cover our shame by ourselves. We would never be comfortable in His presence (Remember those fig leaf girdles?).  God Himself provided a sacrifice for Adam and Eve; He was the first priest between God and people.

Does this remind you of another time in the Bible?

Jesus, through Kind David and others prophesied that, “Sacrifice and offering you did not want, but you prepared a body for me: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin you have had no pleasure.  Then I said, see, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do your will, O God.”  [By God’s]  will we are made holy through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.  Hebrews 10:5-7,10

God didn’t really want a bunch of dead, cut up animals,  He wanted a pure, holy offering that could truly wash away our sin stains.  Before Jesus died, we needed a way to remember our need for someone else to pay the price and cover our sins.

Adam and Eve were really smart people.  They had hundreds of years to think about what they had done and what God did. We aren’t told how they realized God wanted sacrifices to show honor to Him, but we know their sons offered things to the Lord when they were still young enough not to be fathers yet.

Sacrifice of Cain and Abel

Sacrifice of Cain and Abel

And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of its fat. And the LORD regarded Abel and his offering: Genesis 4:3,4

What kind of offering did Abel bring to God that He wanted to look at?  It was a first-time mother’s new lamb, cut up on the altar.  It could be that God had earlier killed a sheep so they knew that was the kind of animal God wanted.  We don’t know.  But we do know lambs are the most common sacrifice God asked for.

When Abraham was stopped from sacrificing his son Isaac, there was a ram to take his place.  Jesus Himself is called the “Lamb of God” who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29).  When Jesus is finally given the scroll to take back power over the earth, He appears as a slain lamb (Revelation 5:6).

Thank you, Lord Jesus for being our covering, our Passover Lamb, the one who goes to God for us so God can be pleased with us again!!!

That God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. I Peter 4:11b

The Seed of the Woman

Scroll of the Psalms

Bible Scroll

And I will put hatred between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; it shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel. Genesis 3:15

God didn’t make people wait thousands of years before sharing His plans with them. He started telling us things that matter in our relationship to Him from the beginning of Genesis.  The verse here is called by a very big name  “Proto-Evangelium,” which is a fancy way of saying, “the first Gospel message.”

Just what is the Gospel, and how does this verse share it?

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; Mark 1:1

Gospel is an Old English word that means Good Message.  It’s an accurate way to translate the word that the New Testament writers used.  So what Good Message is it?  Mark says that his whole book is the Gospel of Jesus.  A Bible word search shows that there is the Gospel of the Kingdom of God,  of Jesus, of grace, of God, of God’s Son, of peace, and of our salvation.  Are these different Gospels? No, Paul tells us there is only one (Galatians 1:7), and that is the news of what Jesus has done for us that gives us salvation when we believe Him (Romans 1:16).

So, how does Genesis 3:15 tell us about Jesus and His Good News? God is talking to Satan just after Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit destroying their good relationship with Him.  God tells Satan that his “seed” and the woman’s “seed” will be enemies from that time on.  “Seed” is talking about offspring, children and such. So, this tells us that there are those who follow Satan (John 8:44) and there are those who come in Eve’s line.  The rest of the verse helps us understand what “the seed of the woman” is talking about.

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It shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”  We don’t call people ‘it’ unless we’re playing tag, but the special thing God says is ONE of Eve’s children who would bruise Satan’s head and get his heel bruised by Satan.  This bruising isn’t talking about getting a black and blue sore, it’s really a lot worse than that.  The word means to crush and to fall upon (the only other verse to use this word, Psalm 139:11 talks about darkness “crushing” him).

So, both the Seed of the Woman and the Seed of the Serpent would be crushed. But where?

If you had to either get your head crushed or your heel scrunched up, which would be worse?  That’s what this verse says was going to happen.

So we know that One of Eve’s descendants would crush Satan’s head, but He would have to have His heel crushed too.  More tomorrow!