In Joh 1:1-28 we discover that the Word that God spoke to create light and every other thing, is Messiah. It is through Messiah Yeshua that God the Father made everything that has been made (Col 1:15-17) and He continues to uphold the universe by the Word of His Power, who is Messiah Yeshua (Heb 1:3)!
Admittedly, some of these things are mysteries. How can a person be a word and a person at the same time? But God is showing us, that He is what comes out of His mouth; that what He speaks is what He is and who He is. Words cannot be divorced from persona or character, because “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks,” (Luk 6:45).
Messiah leaps off the page: He is the Seed of the Woman promised in Gen 3:15, who crushes Satan’s head and restores mankind to the perfection, communion with God, and rest we experienced in the Garden before the Fall of Man. He erases the effect of sin on His perfect Creation!
“And I will put enmity between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.”
Interestingly enough, the ancestors of the Greeks, at least, remembered this promise after they had dispersed from the Tower of Babel and settled in the Balkan peninsula. The hero legend of Achilles, portrayed as the savior of the Greeks in The Iliad of Homer, grew around this promise, relating that he was invincible and could only be wounded in his heel.
Cain says of his plight: “My iniquity is greater than I can bear!” Gen 4:13
This true statement applies to us all; however, the One in whose hand is the Shepherd’s staff knows this, and provided for us the Promised Seed (Gen 3:15), to crush the head of the serpent, and to deliver us from the Land of Wandering, to restore us to His presence again!
Of the two brothers, Cain and Abel, Abel kept flocks, while Cain tilled the ground. According to the Hebrew scholars, Cain and Abel brought their offerings on YHVH’s appointed time of the 14th day of the 1st month, or at the full moon of the month of ripening grain. Abel brought the firstborn of his flock – an unblemished, acceptable sacrifice, while Cain did not bring the firstfruits (first and best) of his grain (such as is to be offered on the feast of firstfruits). When YHVH accepted Abel’s offering but not Cain’s, Cain rose up and killed his brother. The unrighteous seed killed the righteous seed, and Abel became the first prophetic type of Messiah Yeshua.
The Hebrew paragraph divisions for this section are:
Gen 5:1-5 (s) The mortality of Adam (his name means “man”).
Gen 5:6-8 (s) The mortality of Seth (his name means “appointed”).
Gen 5:9-11 (s) The mortality of Enosh (“mortality”).
Gen 5:12-14 (s) The mortality of Kenan (“possessed of sorrow”).
Gen 5:15-17 (s) The mortality of Mahalalel (“praise of God”).
Gen 5:18-20 (s) The mortality of Jared (“descend”).
Gen 5:21-24 (s) Enoch walked with God and did not die (his name means “teaching”).
Gen 5:25-27 (s) The mortality of Methuselah (“his death shall bring”).
Gen 5:28-31 (s) The mortality of Lamech (“despairing”), and the birth of Noah (“comfort, rest”).
Here the gospel is presented in Genesis, not only overtly as in the history of Enoch and Noah (the man who walked with God did not die, and the man who found grace in the eyes of YHVH did not perish in the coming judgment), but also covertly as a second witness of confirmation: notice that the names of the first ten patriarchs before the Flood tell the prophecy of God’s plan of salvation.
“Man is appointed mortality possessed of sorrow, but the blessed God shall descend, teaching; and His death shall bring the despairing, comfort and rest.”