SERMON DATE AND TITLE: 2011-01-16: "Jesus In Genesis"

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This is a sermon about inspiration. Publishers have made a fortune on Bible Code speculative fiction. Movie producers have picked it up and done the same. Ray Steadman is a pastor and author that goes back to the early days of the neo-Pentecostal revival of the 60's and 70's.

Ray analyzes the patriarchal names of the ten generations from Adam to Noah. His book is entitled appropriately, "Understanding Man." There is an amazing hidden message here that foreshadows the coming of Jesus and outlines the entire Bible's Plan of Redemption.

I ran across this amazing bit of inspiration more than twenty years ago and it still gives me chills when I think about it.



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Sheepfold Ministries

January 16, 2011, pastor Phil Roland



Genesis 1-10 - Isaiah 40:3-5 - Luke 3:2-6

"Jesus is on every page of the Old Testament. The question is. . .is He on every page of your heart?"                                                      Pastor Phil Roland


The names of the descendants of Adam through his son Seth down to Noah all have meaning. The list begins with


1. Seth, (Shayth) which means "Appointed."

Eve believed that God had appointed him as replacement for Abel


2. Enosh, his son, means "Mortal;" and his son,


3. Kenan, means "Sorrow." His son


4. Mahalalel, means "The Blessed God." He named his boy



5. Jared which means "Came Down," and his boy,


6. Enoch, means "Teaching."


7. Methuselah, as we saw, means "His death shall bring;"


8. Lamech means "Strength," and


9. Noah, "Comfort."


Now put that all together:

I. FALLEN - God has Appointed that Mortal man shall Sorrow


            A. Adam's Fall - His Curse - Genesis 3:17-19

            "Then to Adam He said, "Because you have heeded the voice of your wife,

            and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall

            not eat of it': "Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it

            All the days of your life. 18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for      you, And you shall eat the herb of the field. 19 In the sweat of your face you      shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken;             For dust you are, And to dust you shall return."

                        1. Sweat - Unproductive Toil

                        2. Death - Cessation of Life

            B. Eve's Fall - Her Curse Genesis 3:16

            "To the woman He said: "I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your

            conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for

            your husband, And he shall rule over you."

                        1. Childbirth Pain

                        2. Relationship Conflicts
            C. Mankind's Fallen State extends through all Adam's generations


JESUS IN GENESIS, cont., p.2


II.  FAVORED - But The Blessed God, Came Down, Teaching

            A. Incarnation - God in Human Flesh- Isaiah 7:14

               "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall

                 conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel."

            B. God Himself shall Teach them - Isaiah 54:13; Matthew 4:23

                "All your children shall be taught by the LORD, And great shall be the

                  peace of your children." "And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in

                  their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all

                  kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people."

            C. He will dwell with us again and teach us Himself - Rev. 21:3,4

               "And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of

               God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His             

               people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 And God will

               wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor

               sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things

               have passed away."


III.  FALLEN AGAIN - That His Death Shall Bring


            A. Jesus came to die - Matthew 16:21

               "From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to

                Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and

                scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day."

          B. Jesus died for our sins - 1 Cor. 15:3-8

            "For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died

             for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that

             He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He was

             seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. 6 After that He was seen by over five

             hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present,

             but some have fallen asleep. 7 After that He was seen by James, then by all

             the apostles. 8 Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out

             of due time."

            C. Jesus bore our Grief and Sorrows, Transgressions and Iniquities

            Isaiah 53:4-6
            "Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed

            Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But He was wounded for our

            transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our

            peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep

            have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the

            LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. "


IV.  FORGIVEN - Strength and Comfort
            A. The Lord is our Strength - Psalm 27:1

            "A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I

            fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?"


JESUS IN GENESIS, cont., p.3


            B. The Lord's joy is our Strength and Comfort - Nehemiah 8:10

            "Then he (Nehemiah) said to them, "Go your way, eat the fat, drink the

            sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this

            day is holy to our LORD. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your


            C. Jesus is God's Promise to Restore - Isaiah 61:1

            "The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed

            Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the

            brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the

            prison to those who are bound;"


*Ray C. Stedman analyzes these names in his book Understanding Man,



End with:



God sent his son, they called him Jesus;
He came to love, heal and forgive.
He lived and died to buy my pardon;
An empty grave is there to prove my savior lives.

Because he lives
I can face tomorrow
Because he lives
All fear is gone
Because i know he holds the future
And life is worth the living
Just because he lives

How sweet to hold a newborn baby,
And feel the pride and joy he gives;
But greater still the calm assurance:
This child can face uncertain day because he lives.


And then one day i'll cross the river;
I'll fight life's final war with pain.
And then, as death gives way to vict'ry,
I'll see the lights of glory and i'll know he reigns.



Isaiah 40:3-5 (NKJV)
3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness: "Prepare the way of the LORD; Make straight in the desert A highway for our God.
4 Every valley shall be exalted And every mountain and hill brought low; The crooked places shall be made straight And the rough places smooth;
5 The glory of the LORD shall be revealed, And all flesh shall see it together; For the mouth of the LORD has spoken."



Luke 3:2-6 (NKJV)
2 while Annas and Caiaphas were high priests, the word of God came to John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.
3 And he went into all the region around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins,
4 as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, saying: "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the LORD; Make His paths straight.
5 Every valley shall be filled And every mountain and hill brought low; The crooked places shall be made straight And the rough ways smooth;
6 And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.' "