The Davidic Covenant

After the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, God gave mankind a word of hope. That word of hope is the foundation upon which the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation is built. To be even more explicit, it is the foundation upon which all of human history revolves. The word of hope centers upon the “seed” of a woman who will one day crush the head (a fatal wound) of the serpent (Satan) who had enticed the first couple to disobey God and bring sin and its terrible consequences into the world (Genesis 3:15). Satan wanted, and still wants, to rule the world and receive the worship of humanity as God. Most people would mock such a statement. They don’t realize they have been blinded by the one whose very existence they deny.

The “seed” to come was described as being unique among the sons of men – of being one of a kind. God decreed this coming seed would be “her seed” – a woman’s seed. Therein lies the uniqueness.

No less than forty times, spanning both the Old and New Testaments, the word “seed,” when modified by a pronoun, is modified by the masculine personal pronoun “his.” It is always “his seed” (Genesis 17:19, Genesis 46:6).

The only exception to “seed” being spoken of in the male gender is found in Genesis 3:15 where God speaks of “her seed,” the seed of the woman. Like a rainbow spans the earth, that word of hope spanned the centuries. The seed of the woman that will crush the serpent’s head was pointing to a stable in an obscure village called Bethlehem. There, a young girl by the name of Miriam (her true Hebrew name, anglicized into Mary) who never “knew a man,” gave birth to the Son of God who was the hope of the ages. The virgin birth of Christ is not a myth to be doubted – it is a glorious truth to be believed by informed faith and joyously embraced. The Seed of the woman was perfect humanity and undiminished deity. This union is called by Bible teachers “the hypostatic union.” It is for this reason that Jesus alone could die for our sins, because it is the seed of the male which carries with it’s the sin nature. Jesus had no earthly biological father, therefore He did not have the sin nature of common earthly humanity.

When Cain killed his brother Abel, this was a satanic attempt to keep the Seed of the woman who would one day crush his head from coming into the world.

When we come to the Davidic Covenant we see that David would have a descendant that would rule over Jerusalem. Down through the centuries comes a child born in the village of Bethlehem. He was a son of Abraham and a son of King David. He was the legitimate heir to the throne of Israel, the Seed of the woman who became known as the Messiah.

The first verse of the first chapter of the New Testament descries the birth of David’s Son this way” “The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham” (Matthew 1:1). Matthew, the Holy Spirit-inspired penman, must have been beyond ecstatic when he wrote those opening words of the New Testament. Here was the One who could ascend the Davidic throne and end the times of the nations, recapture man’s lost destiny as king of the earth that Satan had usurped in the Garden, and make it possible for man to be restored to the image of God, which man lost by capitulating to Satan in the Garden.

Rev. Dan Cox is the Pastor of the United Pentecostal Church of Warsaw and the Editor of the Indiana Apostolic Trumpet.

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