I have always believed that there is far more to the Bible than meets the eye, and have noticed links everywhere. One thing that has been in my mind for many years has been where it says, at the end of verse 26 of Genesis ch.4:- 'Then men began to call upon the name of the LORD'
The next verse, verse 1 in chapter 5 of Genesis reads:- 'This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day when God created man, He made him in the likeness of God.'
Yet there is no mention of the fall in this version of man being created, and the first child of Adam mentioned here is Seth. There is no mention of Cain or Abel.
I am reminded of the two Adams spoken of, the first being 'a living being' and the second being 'a life giving spirit.' in 1 Corinthians ch. 15 vs. 45 - 49 :-
'Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.'
In Hebrew the meaning of the name Seth is:- 'Anointed; compensation', and I believe that Seth is symbolic of born again believers.
The word 'compensation' means:- something awarded to someone in recognition of loss, and this is exactly what was done for mankind through Jesus' sacrifice. When we become believers in Him we are 'anointed' of the Holy Spirit and receive the award of eternal life as compensation for our loss gained through sin. It is a free gift, we do not earn it through any righteousness of our own. I have been singing a song for days now that I wrote years ago, which reminds me of this fact.
If ever I'm feeling righteous, and think I can't be wrong
I pick up my guitar Lord and sing this little song
I tell myself another time there'd be no good thing in me
if it wasn't for my Saviour, that man from Galilee
If ever I feel forsaken, when my friends have all turned their back
and I'm thinking is it worth it to walk this lonely track
I think about a garden, it's called Gethsemane
It's where my Saviour cried and sweat great drops of blood for me
And if I feel like glorying in something I have done
I turn my eyes to Calvary and look at God's own Son
I see the pain and anguish upon that lovely face
and I see His broken body as He hangs there in my place
Yes I see Your broken body Lord, as You hang there in my place
2 Corinthians ch. 5 v. 17 reads:-' Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come'
There are 929 chapters in the Old Testament.
In Genesis ch. 5 v. 5 it states that:- 'Thus all the days that Adam lived were 930 years, and he died.' The Hebrew meaning of the number 930 means 'Old things are past, new comes'. Matthew ch. 1 is the 930th chapter of the Bible and I do not think it is coincidence that the first chapter of the New Testament speaks about the birth of Jesus, which is absolutely symbolic of 'Old things are past, new comes'.
It is as if the bringing in of the second Adam (Jesus) being written in the 930th chapter of the Bible spiritually represents the Adam of the Old Testament being done away with and the Adam of the New Testament forming a new version of mankind, and as if it was spiritually prophesied that this would happen in Genesis ch. 5 when we read the Hebrew meaning of the names.
God's word is timeless and He can speak to any individual at any time through any word in the Bible no matter when that word was written, and I believe that as we mature in the Lord we come to understand the oracles of God more.
What was done away with was the having to continue as fleshly mankind, under the curse, the crucifixion Jesus went through being of the fleshly body. What was brought in was the ability for mankind to be born of God's Holy Spirit, and 'as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.'
I thank my God that He so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son Who verified that love by becoming the sacrifice for our sins.
The Power of Love
There's something about You Jesus
that just escapes my mind
about how You cause the lame to walk
and restore the sight of the blind
and how You can take the lowly
the broken hearted ones
and place them in Your kingdom
to bring them up as sons
There's something about You Jesus
there's something about Your face
though I can't see any features
I see wisdom, compassion and grace
There's something about those eyes Lord
that shed those tears for me
there's something about those healing hands
that they fastened to that tree
What made You say 'Father forgive them
for they know not what they do'
when they saved the life of Barabbas
and they chose to crucify You
I know what that 'something' is Lord
as I look to my Father above
It's the one thing that covers all others
It's Your totally unselfish love
Without You as my Lord
Without You as my Lord, I have no King
without You as my first love there's no song to sing
without You as my eagle my spirit can't soar
without You as my gold I will always be poor
Without You as my life there can only be death
for by Your Holy Spirit I draw every breath
without You as my Saviour I'm lost and forlorn
so praise God, Hallelujah that I've been reborn