Abel, Seth and Jesus Christ
All praise to Christ Jesus who gives us true and lasting consolation. Blessed be the name of the Lord God. Amen.
The memory of the righteous is a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot. (Proverbs 10:7)
After Cain killed his brother Abel who was righteous, the Lord God cursed Cain. Such was the curse that when Cain was to till the ground, it would no longer yield to him its strength. Also that he would be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth.
At this point, one must take into account another curse:
The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” (Genesis 3:14-15)
With righteous Abel no longer alive and Cain being a worker of iniquity, it must have been very uneasy for Adam and Eve. Besides, Cain’s descendants were only getting worse. In fact one of Cain’s descendants Lamech boasted of his murderous nature.
Lamech said to his wives: “Adah and Zillah, hear my voice; you wives of Lamech, listen to what I say: I have killed a man for wounding me, a young man for striking me. If Cain’s revenge is sevenfold, then Lamech’s is seventy-sevenfold.” (Genesis 4:23-24)
God then decided to make sure that the ‘offspring of the woman’ who was to defeat the vile and despicable Serpent would never come from the line of Cain. So he blessed Adam and Eve with another child called Seth in place of Abel. This way not only would God’s plan be done but Abel be remembered too.
And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and called his name Seth, for she said, “God has appointed for me another offspring instead of Abel, for Cain killed him.” To Seth also a son was born, and he called his name Enosh. At that time people began to call upon the name of the Lord. (Genesis 4:23-24)
Notice how Eve acknowledged Seth as God’s replacement for Abel who was killed by Cain. Seth means “placed” or “appointed” in Hebrew. The descendants of Seth were unlike those of Cain. In fact around the time Seth’s son Enosh was born, people called upon the name of the Lord. Abel too was a true worshiper of God.
Here’s what Flavius Josephus, the ancient historian had to say about Seth in his written work called the Antiquities of the Jews Book I, Ch II, Sn 3:
Adam “had indeed many other children, but Seth in particular. As for the rest, it would be tedious to name them; I will therefore only endeavor to give an account of those that proceeded from Seth. Now this Seth, when he was brought up, and came to those years in which he could discern what was good, became a virtuous man; and as he was himself of an excellent character, so did he leave children behind him who imitated his virtues. All these proved to be of good dispositions. They also inhabited the same country without dissensions, and in a happy condition, without any misfortunes falling upon them, till they died.”
Now Adam and Eve did get other sons and daughters too. What makes Seth unique to them is that he looked similar to Adam.
When Adam had lived 130 years, he fathered a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth. The days of Adam after he fathered Seth were 800 years; and he had other sons and daughters. (Genesis 5:3-4)
Seth was not fully aware of a great posterity that would emerge from him. What matters is that he was faithful to God. One may not know everything about the future but one must continue to trust in the Lord God and continue to do what is right. This brings to mind, that Abel’s legacy was and still remains is that he presented an acceptable sacrifice to the Lord by his faith. Yet there’s one descendant of Seth who for the record has surpassed even Abel (read the genealogy of Jesus mentioned in Luke 3:23-38 for this) . It’s Jesus Christ himself! Let’s read the following verses about their sacrifices:
- and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and his offering (Genesis 4:4)
- But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. (Hebrews 12: 22-24)
The Bible speaks well of the blood of Abel, so much so that it is mentioned alongside the blood of Jesus Christ. Both Jesus and Abel offered a worthy sacrifice to the Lord God. Abel offered the first of his flock, while Jesus offered himself unto God on the cross. Abel did this on behalf of himself while Jesus did it for the sins of the whole world. In fact salvation comes through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ which one must both confess with one’s month and believe with one’s heart. Let’s read the following verses:
if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:9-13)
Some people still don’t believe in Christ Jesus. There are people who oppose God’s will and yet they won’t have the final say in terms of victory. Despite the mess done by Cain in killing Abel, the Lord God was still able to make things work for good. This is because the will of God which is manifest in the word of God, has the power to prevail against all things that come against it.
- Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. (Proverbs 19:21)
- So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11) (The ‘word’ as mentioned here is the Word of God)
- And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28)
One may have lost out on various things and people in life. Perhaps this was due to injustice and jealousy on part of others towards you or your loved ones. God can work justice against all evil doers. Ask the Lord for justice especially when you come to know of any innocent people dying or getting harmed unjustly at the hands of the wicked. This is not about revenge but justice, so be calm while God is working out justice. Perhaps God may bring them to repentance too. At this point remember that the Lord God was able to console Eve with Seth who he gave her in place of Abel. God is capable of bringing consolation to your life as well. You’ll need to put your trust in him and ask for a breakthrough in the name of Jesus Christ.
Christ be with you!
- Psalm 1 (The two ways of life) (disciplesofhope.wordpress.com)
- Seek the Lord and his strength in Christ Jesus (Bible verses) (disciplesofhope.wordpress.com)
- Bible verses to deal with the death of a loved one (disciplesofhope.wordpress.com)
- The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin (disciplesofhope.wordpress.com)
- Who was Seth in the Bible? (altruistico.wordpress.com)