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Genesis: The Prophetic Allegory

November 25, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

A good friend of mine, AF as I will call him, loves to ask the leading question of who spilled first blood? Most Christians he has asked the question to say Cain. He then says no, God did. And then he moves into tell you all about the prophetic nature of the Genesis story- of Adam and Eve. AF is really smart, and one of my closest friends. This blog is inspired by him and I dude, you rock.
In the garden of Eden Eve was deceived into eating the fruit, and gets Adam to do the same. Now they realized their nakedness and were ashamed. In response to all this God said

“[To the serpent]
Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers, he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.

[…]
The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.”

It becomes obvious that God began animal sacrifice to cover then naked shamefulness that came about by disobeying his commands, and our consciences (Romans 3). Only sacrifice of God’s creation could serve to cover the shame of Adam and Eve. This does two significant things:

  1. Alludes to Christ’s sacrifice to eternally wash away our sin, not just cover it up through lesser sacrifice.
  2. Gives insight into God’s character as merciful. Instead of smiting the sinner for his wrong doing He makes the sacrifice on our behalf so that we may have relationship with Him. After all, what father does not?

God’s words to the serpent are also very powerful. It is known that the society in which these words were written were patriarchal. All societies were patriarchal at the time with a few exception of some african cultures that traced their lineage maternally instead of paternally. That is the only exception I know of, but am interested to know more if you have some insight. So, in this society to be the offspring of woman, the seed of woman, you must not be the seed of man. There is no reason for the author say woman instead of man in that context unless man could not apply. Psychologically the culture would say man. We know from the accounts in the gospel that Jesus is said to have a virgin birth. Jesus is the only person ever who could be called seed of woman in this cultural context. If you then replace he with Jesus, and the serpent with satan or sin, then the text now reads “Jesus will crush your head, and you [satan] will strike his heal.” thus the first prophesy of Jesus is made in Genesis 3. The text is so intertwined and meshes so perfectly that you can’t help but feel it’s divinely inspired. I can’t, at least.

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