15 Day Advent Before Christmas – Looking for Hope (Day 7)

Let’s take a pause here and search the scriptures to discover the answer to Mary’s question “what does this all mean” and the message given to Mary by the angel Gabriel. 

We live in a world full of doubt and unbelief!  Many people, pass and present, don’t believe in Jesus or His purpose for coming to earth, however the scriptures give full detailed explanations of who Jesus is and why He came to earth.  So, for the next several days we will pause from the Advent Before Christmas and let the scriptures from the Bible take us on a journey discovering prophetic messages that foretell of Jesus’ birth and purpose for coming to earth.

Our journey will begin in the Book of Genesis.  After creation of the heavens and earth, God created Adam and Eve.  Adam was given one commandment to obey!  “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (Genesis 2:16-17) Adam communicated this commandment to Eve!  Unfortunately, one day while in the Garden of Eden, a sneaky snake approached Eve and deceived her into disobeying God’s commandment, which caused the great “fall!”  After the Lord God talked with Adam and Eve about their disobedience, He then pronounced the first prophetic message found in the Bible.  In Genesis 3:14-15 God tells the serpent He will put enmity between him and the woman’s seed and her seed; it shall bruise the serpents head and the serpent shall bruise the woman’s seeds heel.

Genesis 3:14-15 is the first foretelling of Christ coming to earth.  The word enmity indicates a “feud,” which means will be a battle between the seed of the serpent and the seed of the woman.  Notice that the Lord says, the seed of the woman would crush the head of the serpent.  Women are not the carrier of the reproductive seed, man is the carrier of the reproductive seed.  This is a clue that the woman’s conception will be one of a supernatural occurrence and many theologians acknowledge this scripture to mean Mary.  Isaiah prophesied that the deliver would be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14) and Micah prophesied that the deliverer would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2). 

There are over 300 prophecies foretelling of the Messiah (Jesus) and research points to 55 Old Testament prophecies about Jesus that covers four specific areas:  His birth, His ministry, His death and resurrection, and His role in the church (body of Christ).  Because of limited time, we will review only the prophecies relating to His birth.

God’s first prophetic message to Adam and Eve was one of hope.  Hope that one day in the near future, He would deliver earth from it’s now fallen state. Tomorrow we will look at the prophecy given to Abram.

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