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Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Selected Notes Re: Genesis 4:1

 Now Adam knew Eve, his wife, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain. Then she said, "I have acquired a man from the LORD." (Genesis 4:1)

[Re: "from the Lord."] That is, according to the Lord's promise, as Gen. 3:15... [Geneva note]

"Eve seems plainly to express her hope in and dependence of that promise [given in Gen. 3:15], in what she says at the birth of Cain (Gen. 4:1), 'I have gotten a man from the LORD;' that is, as God promised, that my seed should bruise the serpent's head, so now has God given me this pledge and token of it, that I have a seed born. She plainly owns that this, her child, was from God, and hoped that her promised seed was to be of this her eldest son; though she was mistaken, as Abraham was with respect to Ishmael, as Jacob was with respect to Esau, ans as Samuel was with respect to the first-born of Jesse." [Jonathan Edwards, A History of the Work of Redemption (Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 2003), 31-32.]

"The woman's seed could be identified with the totality of humanity. However, the immediately succeeding section in Genesis narrates Cain's murder of his brother Abel (Gen. 4). The New Testament explicitly determines the significance of these two persons in the cosmic struggle between God and Satan. Cain originates from "the evil one" (1 John 3:12). Though descended from Eve just as his brother, he cannot be regarded as belonging to the 'seed' of the woman as described in Genesis 3:15. Instead of being opposed to Satan, he is the seed of Satan. The 'seed' of the woman cannot be identified simply with all physical descendants of womankind." [O. Palmer Robinson, The Christ of the Covenants (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 1980), 98.]

"...Eve was mistaken in supposing that the son thus born to her was the Messiah. The language of inspiration only asserts that she said this, without admitting that she was correct. Indeed, the record shows that she was not[, but] she had believed the promise of God, was looking forward to its fulfillment, and had learned in some way to associate the name of Jehovah with the expected seed of the woman." [James P. Boyce, Abstract of Systematic Theology (Cape Coral, FL: Founders Press, 2006), 261.]

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