Thinking for a couple days about the promised one, who would redeem the race:
[Gen 3:13-15 KJV] 13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What [is] this [that] thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. 14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou [art] cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: 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.
[Rev 12:17 KJV] 17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
It was said to Adam, “you are dust, and to dust you will return”. Curious that the serpent’s meat became dust. Dust, clay, both references to earthen vessels. All things human. Jesus, in addressing the serpent’s wisdom from the mouth of Peter and the disciples:
[Mar 8:33 KJV] 33 But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.
Concerning the things of God, Jesus said:
[Jhn 14:30 KJV] 30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.
I have been thinking on these things regarding the formation of antivenom. The scriptures use the poison of serpents to depict what comes out of the mouth of unredeemed humanity (and sadly many believers, sweet and bitter waters out of the same well). To create antivenom, a treatment for snakebite, etc., a host animal is given a dose of the venom. It’s body creates antibodies which are harvested from it’s blood and used to make the antivenom. In thinking about the seed of the woman v. the seed of the serpent (recalling that Jesus said to a group of religious leaders claiming God was their father, that in fact their father was in actuality, the father of lies, the Devil) it is evident that the enmity and battle are of words. The Truth v. lies. I consider how that Jesus took the sting of death, the bite of the serpent and died. And by the power of God, was raised, death having no more dominion over him. The serpent has no more power to hurt with his calumny and lies, any begotten to God in Christ. The law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.
Anyhow, the scriptures from end to end depict this Word of God, this very embodiment of the Truth, who said “I AM the way, the truth and the life”, He is the antidote. And the ONLY remedy to the plagues of man. It is very wearying to watch man attempting to work out his problems while completely ignoring the only remedy that exists. For the great barrier is the grave. And the proof of those who have the remedy is the resurrection.
Careful consideration of the transition from Genesis 4 to Genesis 5 declare this. The first man Adam, all die, both Cain the murderer, and Abel who Cain slew. And why did he kill him? Because his works were corrupt and his brother’s righteous. Cain said his punishment would be his undoing, “All who find me shall slay me”. He was seeing far beyond his individual existence into all who he would be the father of. God put a mark on him (and them) so anyone who can see the mark (not many these days) would comprehend that vengeance belongs to the Lord, not man. in Genesis 5, the generation of Adam is declared, the second man. Seth was the figure of the man of resurrection. In Seth, who was given to the woman to take the place of Abel, whom Cain slew, was the promised seed of a deliverer restored, and the resurrection declared. In Genesis 5, all that are saved are declared in Seth, the man of resurrection. What separates Gen. 4 from 5 is the grave. I speak spiritually, and now. The grave is no impediment to them who walk in faith. It is taken out of the way, as it was in the days of Noah. Enoch, the seventh, was translated.
Jesus prayed for them who shall be saved through the gospel in the mouth of his people:
[Jhn 17:14-24 KJV] 14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. 18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. 20 (((Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word))); 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, [art] in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. 24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
The cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils have no common ground. Sanctified means exactly that.
[Jas 3:10 KJV] 10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.