Part 5 - The Curses

The Curses

There is further proof of this in the judgment of God. God is just and gives punishment appropriate for the crime. Genesis 3:16 states, “Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee”.  Notice: He did not curse her mouth! He cursed her womb and conception! She had conceived by this act and her conception would be multiplied. She, in fact, would bring forth twins, Cain and Abel. Because of this, childbirth would be brought forth in pain and not by the Spoken Word. Genesis 3:16 "...and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee"God is specific in handing out His decree to her. He strictly charged the woman that her desires (cravings and longings) for sexual needs were to be with her husband only. That is also declared in Hebrews 13:4 which states, Sexual intercourse would only be acceptable in marriage; otherwise, it’s a grievous sin.

Adam knew what had happened and its consequences and did not have to die, but he took Eve quickly to himself and by doing so, he fell with her. Now God would deal with them both.


As for Adam, he was not deceived. I Timothy 2:1 states, "And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression."  Adam knew what had happened and its consequences and did not have to die, but he took Eve quickly to himself and by doing so, he fell with her. Now God would deal with them both. This was exactly what the Second Adam, Christ, did for us. II Corinthians 5:21 tells us, "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him."  Genesis 3:17-19 states, "And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return."

God cursed the ground because of Adam’s transgression. Now, not only would he lose Paradise where he ruled and had dominion by the Word, but the ground from which he was taken would also be cursed. His body of dust would lose its immortality. Thorns and thistles, disease and afflictions would torment him until his body finally turned back to the dust from which it was taken. However, through the Second Adam, one glorious day this very thing will be reversed. Not only will sin be conquered, but our bodies will also be changed. 1 Corinthians 15:51-54 states, "Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory."


Genesis 4:1 states, "And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord. And she again bare his brother Abel." The Bible does not mention in this verse about the serpent also knowing Eve carnally for that has already been mentioned in Chapter Two. The Scripture simply picks up the story and tells us that twins are born from these conceptions and that Eve said one of them was from the Lord. Obviously, all life comes from God, and in this way, Cain was from the Lord. However, he was truly of that wicked one. I John 3:12 states, "Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous."

Notice, the struggle begins immediately between the two seeds, and hatred so overcomes Cain that he kills Abel. Cain, the evil one, slew his brother, and God sent him away from Adam’s family into the land of Nod. Thus you have the lineage of Cain which does not go back to Adam, and there is a separate record of his lineage. Note further that Adam’s book of descendants does not include Cain; there is no mention of him in the book of Adam’s generations. Genesis 5:1-4 states, "This is the book of the generations (descendants) of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.  And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth: And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters:"  Adam’s race, also known as the sons of God, was a righteous people. Hebrews 11:4 tells us, "By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh." They were righteous because of a blood offering of an innocent substitute as they called upon the Name of the Lord. Genesis 4:26 states, "And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD." But the lineage of Cain, was evil and from that lineage came murderers. Genesis 4:23-24 states, "And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt. If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold."

In Noah’s time, the two races came together and Cain’s descendants and Adam’s race mixed together. In doing so this caused God to destroy the earth because of the increase of evil. Genesis 6:1-2 states, "And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose." Adam’s sons took the daughters of Cain, and through those daughters that lineage made it through the flood. Now, Cain’s lineage was mixed among all of mankind.

This truth of the serpent’s seed was known through the ages. However, like many other truths, it was not fully restored in the reformation. John the Baptist knew this truth. He recognized this in men who would not receive the Word. Matthew 3:7 states, "But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation (offspring) of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?"

Jesus also taught this truth. Matthew 12:34 states, "O generation (offspring) of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh."  Matthew 23:33 also states, "Ye serpents, ye generation (offspring) of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?" The Jews were claiming to be Abraham’s children, and physically they could trace their lineages back to him. However, even the Jewish race was not exactly pure. John 8:39-44 states, "They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham. But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.

Jesus told them that they were not of God, but rather their father was the devil.

Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”
These Jews were claiming to be of God, but Jesus told them that they were not of God, but rather their father was the devil who was the murderer from the beginning. They protested and argued this point saying, We are not born of fornication" (John 8:41).

Jesus was the Virgin born Son of God the promised Seed of the woman. Mary (the woman) had no seed but this Seed was created in Mary by the overshadowing of the Holy Ghost. Jesus was conceived by the Spoken Word and was the creation of God. The seed of the serpent bruised this Seed (Jesus) at Calvary. So who bruised Him? Was it men or snakes? If men, then truly the seed of the serpent was in flesh.

The Apostle Paul also taught this same truth in II Corinthians11:2-3. "For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.  But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ." He was telling the Corinthian church that he had espoused them to one husband (Christ) and desired to present them as a chaste (pure, undefiled) virgin, but he feared that they would be defiled (lose their virginity) like Eve did when the serpent beguiled her. Eve was espoused to Adam but lost her status as a chaste virgin to the serpent, and she was defiled when the serpent gave her the knowledge that she was naked.

 

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