Who is Seth?
Luke 3: 38 “the son of Seth”
And so we arrive on Good Friday to the end of the genealogical line of Christ, to where it all started from, to the 3rd son of Adam and Eve. The ‘appointed’ or ‘chosen’ one or also the ‘provision’ and even more importantly also ‘restitution.’ Are these the names and titles of Christ, of course they are!
The Appointed One – Hebrews 5: 1-6 “Every high priest is selected from among the people and is appointed to represent the people in matters related to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2 He is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray, since he himself is subject to weakness. 3 This is why he has to offer sacrifices for his own sins, as well as for the sins of the people. 4 And no one takes this honour on himself, but he receives it when called by God, just as Aaron was. 5 In the same way, Christ did not take on himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to him, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father.” 6 And he says in another place, “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”
The Chosen One – Matthew 12: 15-18 “Jesus withdrew from that place. A large crowd followed him, and he healed all who were ill. He warned them not to tell others about him. This was to fulfil what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.”
The Provision – John 6: 48-51 “I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”
The One who makes Restitution – 1 Peter 5: 10 “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
And all these titles are also found in the name SETH!
It is the story of how Seth came into being that reminds us of the beautiful gospel story.
Look at his mother. What would Eve teach us today? Many things I am sure. But one of them is this: If you are willing to go again, God will always be there.
To see your family divided is hurtful enough. To witness a murderous death within your family by a family member is a nightmare. To realise it was done through deception which was your own previous failing and sin now passed to the next generation is unbearable.
Genesis 4: 25 “Adam made love to his wife again, and she gave birth to a son and named him Seth, saying, “God has granted me another child in place of Abel, since Cain killed him.”
Eve. What did she do? She again gave birth. She began again. She moved on.
Success is getting up once more than the amount of times you fall.
The future is not in what you have lost.
Seth’s name also means substitute. Eve lost Abel. But it was in Seth that the bloodline would be traced to the birth of Jesus Christ, Gods substitute for our sin.
Isaiah 53: 5 “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”
The past will always be the same. Stop trying to change it. Start believing the best is yet to be. It takes courage to move on.
But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Phillipians 3:`13-14
Thanks God for Seth.
Thank God even more for Jesus Christ, the appointed, the chosen, our provision, our restitution and our substitute!!