In the Bible, blood lines are everything.
There seems to be this huge misunderstanding that God made a separate covenant for the salvation of the Gentiles.
I’m sorry to say, NO SUCH covenant exists.
Let’s take a look at what the prophet Jeremiah says:
“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah“. -Jeremiah
It doesn’t mention anything about a new covenant with the house of Scandinavia or the house of Great Britain or the house of South Korea, does it? For His own good reasons, God has determined that only one group of people will be elected to be saved. That group is the Nation of Israel and all those people who join themselves to Israel (spiritually immigrate to Israel so to speak) by accepting His Messiah. This is the clear teaching of the Bible in both the Old and New Testaments.
We see this process of separation occurring in the very first chapter of Genesis when God divided the light away from the darkness. And here in Genesis chapter 4, we witness the division of Cain and his descendants who will become a race of people that will be against God. The evidence for this is that five generations later, one of Cain’s descendants, a wickedly arrogant man named Lamech will appear on the scene. He took for himself two wives and then Scripture records the following boast he made.
“Adah and Zillah, hear my voice; O wives of Lamech, give ear to my speech.
I have slain a man for wounding me, And a lad for bruising me.
If Cain is avenged sevenfold, then Lamech seventy-sevenfold.”
Amazing! Here we have a man committing one of the worst sins a man can commit and boasting about it. Within a mere five generations, the human race on Cain’s side had become thoroughly wicked.
Fortunately, the story does not end there. Soon after, Eve begets another son, names him Seth and proclaims “For God has granted me another seed in place of Abel, since Cain killed him.“
I want to share an interesting parallel concerning Eve giving birth to Cain and then Seth. Take a look at the following two Scriptures.
…and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten a man with the help of the Lord.“-Genesis 4:1
…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.”-Genesis 4:25
In both cases, Eve makes a declaration to the Lord commemorating the occasion.
However, the subject, verb, and object are different in both cases in the original Hebrew.
In the first instance, Eve is the subject. “Eve” gets herself a man with the help of the Lord. She names the first son “Cain” which is a wordplay on the Hebrew verb Qanah, meaning “to get”.
In the second case, God is the subject and Eve is the indirect object.
This time Eve admits that God appointed Seth.
The name of the second son Abel is a wordplay on the Hebrew word Shith meaning “placing” or “appointing”.
The contrast in the destiny of Cain and Abel’s descendants is expressed in their names.
The birth of Cain resulted from Eve’s own fleshly efforts.
On the other hand, Seth was God’s provision of an appointed offspring.
Eve’s fleshly efforts gave birth to a people of sin and destruction.
However, the race that emerged from the God-provided Seth line brought forth life, hope and eventually the messiah.
Later in Genesis we will see a similar pattern emerge with the birth of Ishmael and Isaac.
So at this early juncture we can see that the stage has been set for a battle between God’s holy people and the followers of Satan.
This holy war will not reach its final culmination until the Messiah returns.
My question to you is which side will you join?
Ethnically speaking, it doesn’t matter whether you are Jew or Gentile.
Are you going to join that murderer Cain’s line?
Or will you join the Godly Seth line (which will become Israel)?
There is NO COMPROMISE on this foundational Biblical point.
CONNECTING THIS TEACHING TO THE NEW TESTAMENT
Jesus answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.“-
NEXT TIME WE BEGIN GENESIS CHAPTER 5