Jesus was a physical descendant of David but through the line of Nathan rather than Solomon. Moreover, the eternal nature of Jesus Christ means that He can establish David’s kingdom forever, just as promised. And, finally, as the son of Abraham, He has a unique relationship with the people of Israel, but He has also come to be a blessing to the whole world.
While the inclusio literary devise is not prominent in the Bible and is only one of many, it does occur and if we would be Bereans, we must be aware of how authors in the first century used commonly accepted literary devices if we would properly interpret and live by God’s inspired Word.
Having a willing spirit is not enough to face the darkness and evil in this world. No matter how determined we are to stand against evil, it is not enough. We must learn to know our own flesh and see it for what it is. Once we do, we will never again trust it.
Praise God that we have the mind of Christ dwelling in us today, through the Holy Spirit. May we be grateful to God for that beautiful gift of life and light through Jesus Christ our Lord! May we act out our faith to our neighbors—be they black or white, man or woman, near or far, friend or foe.
As a young child, my parents had my sisters and I memorize Genesis 4:7 to teach us the important lesson of mastery over sin. They would remind us of this verse when we were tempted to fall into the sins that children often give into: sibling tiffs, selfishness in wanting our own way, and talking back to our parents, just to name a few.
People who move in Christian circles are generally familiar with the Biblical story of man’s Fall into sin. Familiarity, however, does not mean that all “Christians” share a common understanding and belief when it comes to the principle of original sin.
If you are in a season of waiting, a time of trial, or are feeling stuck in a certain place in life, I encourage you to look to the example that Joseph left for us and marvel at God’s provision and goodness.
In the beginning God said...and there was. In the end, also, it is God Who “says.” It is God Who has the final say.
Did Adam and Eve understand that God was promising a Messiah—even God in the flesh? Yes, they did.