Isaiah 59 – Sin, Confession, and Redemption & Why Did Jesus Pray and Fast?

I think a lot of people don’t really realize what Jesus went through, you know, Him being You.   I used to think that Jesus being crucified was no big thing to Him since He was Your son, but he was just a peon human like us, but He had top-notch faith.  And we need to follow His ways, to look to You first:

A quarry from the time of the Second Temple, along with various tools and a 2,000-year-old key, were uncovered in Jerusalem.

Jerusalem’s Ancient ‘City of Quarries’ Reveals City-Building Rocks
A huge quarry, along with tools and a key, used by workers some 2,000 years ago have been discovered during an excavation in Jerusalem prior to the paving of a highway, the Israel Antiquities Authorities (IAA) announced.

The first-century quarry, which fits into the Second Temple Period (538 B.C. to A.D. 70), would’ve held the huge stones used in the construction of the city’s ancient buildings, the researchers noted.

Archaeologists also uncovered pick axes and wedges among other artifacts at the site in the modern-day Ramat Shlomo Quarter, a neighborhood in northern East Jerusalem.

“The quarrying phenomenon created a spectacular sight of bedrock columns and steps and craters of sorts that were the result of the rock-cuttings,” Irina Zilberbod, IAA excavation director, said in a statement. “What remained are rock masses in various stages of quarrying, and there were those that were found in a preliminary stage of rock-cutting prior to detachment.”

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matt 6:33).

“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost” (Rom 14:17).

1 Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy that it cannot hear:

2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.

4 None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.

5 They hatch cockatrice’ eggs, and weave the spider’s web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper.

6 Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands.

“Webs…garments” – their acts of injustice and violence for security are as worthless as garments made of spider webs.

7 Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.

59:7-8 – quoted in part in Rom 3:15-17 by Paul to show the universality of sin.

8 The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.

9  Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness.

10 We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noonday as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men.

“We grope…like the blind…at noonday” – the fulfillment of the curse for disobedience in Deut 28:29.

11 We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us.

12 For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them;

“Our iniquities, we know them” – Like Ezra (9:6-7), Isaiah confesses the sins of the nation.  In this verse he uses the three most common Hebrew words for evil thoughts and deeds.

13 In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.

Various tools, including a 2,000-year-old key (center of image), were also discovered at the Second Temple quarry in Jerusalem.

Tools
Some of the huge stones would’ve reached about 6.5 feet (2 meters) in length and weighed tens if not hundreds of tons, the researchers said.

In total, the team uncovered an area of around 11,000 square feet (1,000 square meters) where the ancient quarry would’ve existed. The quarry connects with other previously identified quarries, all of which seem to be situated in Jerusalem’s so-called “city of quarries” dating to the Second Temple period.


In a dig reported in 2007 and completed before the construction of an elementary school in the Ramat Shlomo Quarter, IAA scientists had uncovered another Second Temple quarry. The stones from this quarry, some of which reached 26 feet (8 m) in length, would have been used by King Herod for his Temple at the Temple Mount and other monumental buildings, according to the IAA and news reports. (Temple Mount, also called Noble Sanctuary by Muslims, is a religious site in the Holy Land of Jerusalem.)

As for what made this area in Jerusalem such a draw for rocks, the researchers suggest the Meleke rock formation there may be part of the reason. Meleke rock, they say, is easily quarried and hardens immediately after being cut and shaped (or hewn). Also, this area would’ve been elevated above the city of Jerusalem during the Second Temple period, possibly making transport of the enormous stones easier since the trek would’ve been downhill.

In fact, researchers discovered a first-century road adjacent to the quarry that may have been used for stone transport.

The scientists aren’t certain how exactly the giant stones would’ve been moved along this road. They suspect oxen and wooden rollers would’ve done the trick, but some historical records note giant wood-lifting devices were around at the time and may have been used.

14 And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.

15 Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.

16 And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.

“Righteousness as a breastplate” – the Lord’s armor is compared to the believer’s armor in the battle against Satan in Eph 6:14.

17 For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke.

18 According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompense to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompense.

“Adversaries…enemies” – God will judge the nations, but He must also punish wicked Israel’s.  only the remnant will be blessed.

19 So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.

“From the west…rising of the sun” – all nations will see God’s saving work in behalf of His people.

“Flood” – the coming of the Lord will be irresistible, like an “overflowing stream” that overwhelms the enemy.

20 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.

21 As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and forever.

Why Did Jesus Pray and Fast?

Jesus never sinned, so why did He fast and pray?  Remember that even though Jesus is God, He lowered Himself to became a part of the human race:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Words was God.

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth (Jn 1:1, 14, also see 1 Tim 3:16).

Jesus became human for two reasons:

1 To save us from hell.

2 To show us how stand against the devil.

Jesus had the same temptations that we have:

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it (1 Cor 10:13).

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

(For weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to pull down the strong holds) (2 Cor 10:3-4).

Even though Jesus was fully God, He was also fully human, and being a human He couldn‘t beat the devil on His own any more than we can, He needed the strength of the Father.  And He got that strength through prayer, fasting, and walking with God.

Why can’t we stand against the devil like Jesus?  Simply because we are not God nor do we have the faith that Jesus had.  Some will say that we can’t because we were born into sin, that is not exactly correct, but being born into sin does make things difficult.  But Adam and Eve were not born into sin and they couldn’t handle the devil either.

“Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made.  And he said unto the woman, Yeah, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the Garden.

And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

“Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;

That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly” (Matt 6:16-18).

Fasting is strictly a personal thing between you and God and is no one else’s business. If you tell people that you are fasting, they might think you’re boasting about it or they might think you’re acting self-righteously. 

That’s because we are to fast not to be seen by men but only by the father and this should be done in secret where only He can see it.  If you do it to be seen by others, you’ve already gotten your reward and there will be no further.

For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof then your eyes shall be opened and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof and did eat and gave also unto her husband with her and he did eat” (Gen 3:1-6).

When God made the angels He game them freewill and that is why Lucifer is no longer Lucifer, but Satan, the devil.  God also gave Adam and Eve freewill and they failed just like Satan did.  They failed because of Satan:

“Let no man say when he is tempted I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth her any man:

But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust and enticed.

Then when lust hath conceived it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished bringeth forth death” (Jas 1:13-15).

God gives everyone freewill, including Jesus and the devil tempted Jesus (Matt 41-11), but unlike Adam and Eve Jesus kept his freewill in the Spirit, not in the flesh:

“For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

Now the works of the flesh are manifest which are these; Adultery, fornication uncleanness, lasciviousness,

Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

Envying’s, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (Gal 5:17-23) (Gal 5:17-23 v. 22-23 is what God is, what Jesus is).

Prior to Jesus ministering he prayed and fasted for 40 days (Matt 4:2), but He prayed throughout His life on earth.  He even prayed to the Father in our behalf (Jn 17).

We do not pray or fast for our benefit, but for God’s, as Jesus did and the following scriptures shows that Jesus was no stronger than any man on earth, but He was true to God:

“Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.

And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.

Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.

And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?

“So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them” (Jon 3:5).

One of the best examples of repentance is from the ancient city-state of Nineveh.  This was not just a city but a nation and a powerful nation that was a natural enemy of Israel and had been a thorn in her side for years.  That explains why Jonah ran from God for so long but no one can go to where God is not already there.  This fast in Nineveh was ordered by the king and so from the “greatest of them (the king) down to the least of them” the entire city-state fasted and by their show of repentance, they stayed the hand of God’s wrath upon Nineveh.

Watch and pray that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.

And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.

And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.

Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners” (Matt 26:36-45).

Jesus didn’t have enough strength of His own to be crucified for us, so He went to the source – prayer.

Tomorrow we’ll look at the offering of King Ashyahu.

First Murder & Ancient Roman Law and Punishment

You said Cain was mad.  It sounds like he was jealous of Abel because You discarded his offering and accepted Abel’s.   

I figure it happens with brothers, Cain probably got over it in a day or two, right?

“And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.

And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother?  And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper? 1

And he said, What hast thou done? The voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground“(Gen 4:8-10).

“For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. 

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” (1 Jn 3:11-12).

“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” (Heb 11:4).

1 Jn 8:44 & 13:2, 1 Jn 8:8, Rev 20:10.

Ancient Roman Law and Punishment

Valerius Maximus was a Latin writer and author of a collection of historical anecdotes. He worked during the reign of Tiberius

Valerius Maximus in his Memorable Deeds and Sayings remarked that laws are not unlike spider webs: they catch the weak (the poor) and let the strong (the rich) through.

The legal system in ancient Rome was no different from today’s legal system in this regard.

There are quite a few fun facts about Roman law that are not very well recognized today. Some of the severity of the punishment of certain crimes received are quite shocking.

What happens when a slave kills his owner?

Tacitus in his Annals inform us of a case in which the city prefect by the name of Pedanius Secundus was assassinated by his slave.

The reasons are not clear: Pedanius might have backed out of an agreement to free his slave at a certain price or there might have been a sexual rivalry between the two men.

Anyhow, as ancient custom would have it whenever a slave murdered his owner, all slaves of the same household should be executed.

In this case the majority of these slaves were innocent women and children, but the Senate chose to adhere to the custom and in spite of public protests and appeals for mercy, all slaves of the household of Pedanius’s were slaughtered. Four hundred of them.

Publius Cornelius Tacitus was a senator and a historian of the Roman Empire. The surviving portions of his two major works—the Annals and the Histories—examine the reigns of the Roman Emperors Tiberius

What happens when a person kills his or her father?

Hadrian was Roman Emperor from 117 to 138. In Latin, the full imperial title of Hadrian was also rendered as Tito Ael[io] Hadriano, just as it appears in ancient epigraphic records.

According to Justinian’s Digest, the customary punishment for parricide – the act of killing one’s father – was that the pesrson is whipped with blood-colored sticks, then sealed up in a sack with a rooster, a dog, a viper and a monkey.

They would then be cast into the deep sea. In case there was no sea nearby, they would simply be thrown before wild beasts. This law was passed by Emperor Hadrian the righteous.

On the contrary, Dionysius of Halicarnassus in his Roman Antiquitieswrites that in many periods of ancient Roman history, parents had the right to kill their children without explanation.

In some cases, they were required to rear all their male children and also their first-born daughters unless they were born crippled or with deformities.

In such cases, they were to be shown to at least five neighbors, and if all agreed the child could be killed.

What happens if one disrespects an office bearer?

Cassius Dio or Dio Cassius was a Roman statesman and historian of Greek origin. He published 80 volumes of history on ancient Rome, beginning with the arrival of Aeneas in Italy

According to Cassius Dio’s Roman History, consul Servilius Isauricus was once treading a road in his usual swagger when he came across a man on horseback who was so bad-mannered that he did not dismount for the consul. The horseman literally galloped right past him.

When Isauricus later noticed the man on trial in court in the Forum, he went out of his way to bring up this incident before the jurors, and they consensually condemned the man without further ado.

Other Strange Laws of the Ancient Roman Court

Lucius Cassius Dio, was a Roman consul and noted historian who wrote in Greek. Dio published a history of Rome in 80 volumes, beginning with the legendary arrival of Aeneas in Italy.

Lucius Piso was on trial for offending Rome’s allies. He was begging for mercy on the ground planting kisses on the jurors’ feet. Suddenly it started pouring with rain and it filled his mouth with mud. Upon seeing this the jurors were of the mind that Lucius had suffered enough and let him go. (Valerius Maximus Memorable Deeds and Sayings)

A boy was brought before the judge and was asked why he was crying. He was supposed to display fear and distress at the prospect of his father being cruelly punished, but instead he said he was crying because his attendant had just pinched him. Which was true by the way. (Quintilian Education of the Orator)

Quintilian condemned the practice of eating and drinking while giving a speech in court, but such pauses gave the speaker’s supporters a chance to applaud his efforts. The supporters were actually hired and were called Sophocleses from the Greek term sophōs, meaning bravo! or laudiceni, meaning ‘people who get a dinner for their praise’ (Pliny Letters)

Valerius Maximus writes in his Memorable Deeds and Sayings that Livius Salinator had no problem taking the voting rights from 34 of the 35 tribes when after having condemned him, they subsequently named him consul and censor. He was of the mind that they must be either irresponsible or corrupt. The Maecia was the one single tribe that he did not censor, which had neither condemned him nor judged him worthy of office.

Publius Sulpicius Quirinius is among the most famous Romans. He is mentioned in the gospel of Luke:
In those days, Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. This census took place when Quirinius was governor of Syria.note
Because Jesus of Nazareth was born at the time of this census, this line from the Christmas story is well-known to many Christians.

According to Livy (History of Rome, Book 77), Publius Sulpicius Rufus was killed after Sulla had outlawed him in the 80s BC. The slave who gave away Publius’s whereabouts was rewarded and set free. Then he was thrown over a cliff for committing the crime of betrayal of his owner.

Pliny in his Natural History writes that a Roman judge would never rule against the obviously impossible if there was no law prohibiting it. For instance, when a woman claimed to have given birth to her child after 13 months of pregnancy, the judge accepted the claim, because there existed no statute limiting the time of a pregnancy.

Titus Livius Patavinus —known as Livy in English—was a Roman historian who wrote a monumental history of Rome and the Roman people.

Justinian’s Digest reports that in case a woman learned about her husband’s death after the statutory period of mourning was over, she was required to put on her mourning dress and then immediately take it off, because the mourning period started right after the person’s death regardless of the fact that no one might know about it. Also, men were not required to mourn the death of their spouses.

Apuleius, the author of the Golden Ass, wrote a treatise on aquatic creatures in which he used several technical terms deriving from Greek.

As a consequence, he was tried for witchcraft, and accused of having used magic spells to persuade a

rich widow to marry him.

Justinian’s Digest reports that the testimony of a slave was considered as evidence in a court of law only if it had been acquired through torture.

Lucius Domitius, Governor of Sicily, issued an edict in which he prohibited the possession of weapons in an attempt to get rid of highway robbery that was undermining regular life in his province. 

Now, when an extremely large wild boar was served him for lunch, he summoned the shepherd to tell him how he had managed to kill the boar.

Polybius was a Greek historian of the Hellenistic Period noted for his work, The Histories, which covered the period of 264–146 BC in detail.
The work describes the rise of the Roman Republic to ‘world power’ (i.e. domination over the Mediterranean world).
Polybius is also renowned for his ideas concerning the separation of powers in government, later used in Montesquieu’s The Spirit of the Laws and in the drafting of the United States Constitution.
Apuleius was a Latin-language prose writer.

He was a Numidian Berber and lived under the Roman Empire. He was from Madaurus.

 

The Power of Sin

“The sting of death is sin;
and the strength of sin is the law”
(1 Cor 15:56).

Did You let Adam and Eve stay in the Garden?

“Therefore, the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.

So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword, which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life” (Gen 3:23-24).

Note: The Tree of Life is a symbol of Jesus and the Garden of Eden is a symbol of Heaven. Those that choose sin over the righteousness of Jesus will not eat of the Tree of Life, nor be allowed in heaven.

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death” (Rev 21:1-8).

“In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie” (Rev 22:2, 12-15).

As I had noted in the First Human Sin, God did not curse Adam and Eve, He only banished them from Heaven on earth because they were filled of sin, and sin is not allowed in Heaven.

When Adam and Eve discarded the clothing God had given them when they were created (His righteousness), they also disowned God. Yet, due to the fact that God is Love…

“He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love” (1 Jn 4:8).

…He does not want anyone going to Hell.

“Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?” (Ez 33:11).

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Pet 3:9).

He clothed them with Jesus’ righteousness so in the end, if they kept the clothes on they will be accepted into Heaven.

Jesus’ righteousness is so great and powerful that if your faith in Jesus is true you too will spend eternity in Heaven, rather than in Hell.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Image result for Jess is the truth, the life and the wayFor God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” (Jn 3:16-17).

“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” (Jn 3:36).

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life” (Jn 6:47).

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Act 4:12).

First Human Sin & The Serpent Seed

I believe what Adam and Eve did is called “Passing the Buck.”  So that’s where the politicians learned it.

You sound quite upset about the ordeal, but it was just a simple mistake, wasn’t it?  Or as any politician would call it, “A misunderstanding.

“And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel 1.

Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow 2 and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee 3.

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” (Gen 3:14-19).

Note: Even though God was angry with Adam and Eve He still loved them and only cursed the serpent and the ground.

1 Rom 16:20 – Christ will destroy the devil

2 Jn 16:21-22 – Pregnancy and birth will be painful

3 1 Cor 11:3 – Jesus stands above all – This was the first prophecy of Jesus’ birth.  …shalt bruise his heel, that is Jesus’ heel, when He puts Satan in the Lake of Fire for eternity. 

God had let the world know that He was coming down as a human being, what type of person He was going to be, and even about His crucifixion, centuries and centuries ahead of time. 

How can anyone not believe that He is all knowing and all powerful, He controls everything.

Some people think that Satan did more than just convince Eve to eat of the apple.

The word “beguile” also means to seduce and due to v. 15 you have to wonder, did he also have sex with her?

The Serpent Seed

Serpent seed, dual seed or two-seed line is a controversial doctrine, according to which the serpent in the Garden of Eden mated with Eve, and the offspring of their union was Cain.

This belief is still held by some who claim that the Jews, as descendants of Cain, are also descended from the devil.

The doctrine that Eve mated with the serpent, or with Satan, to produce Cain also appears in early Gnostic writings such as the Gospel of Philip (c. 350); however, this teaching was explicitly rejected as heresy by Irenaeus (c. 180) and later mainstream Christian theologians.

In the Gospel of Philip, an early Gnostic writing, and in the Zohar, the main literary source for the teachings of

Kabbalah, there is found a teaching that is commonly referred to as “the serpent seed doctrine.”

“Adultery occurred first, then murder. And (Cain) was begotten in adultery, for he was the son of the serpent.

Therefore he became a manslayer just like his other father (the serpent), and he killed his brother (Abel).” [Source: Gospel of Philip, verse 46].

Note that the Gospel Writings have been proven to be false. Yet, that doesn’t necessarily mean that this story is, just don’t ever believe what they say unless they are proven by authentic writings.

A similar doctrine appeared in Jewish midrashic texts in the 9th century and in the Kabalah.

It is considered a false doctrine by mainstream Protestants. Catholic theologians point to the fact that the Bible states that the original sin is that of Adam and Eve eating a forbidden fruit.

Jewish Midrashic texts and identifies many rabbis who taught that Cain was the son of the union between the serpent and Eve. Some Kabbalist rabbis also believe that Cain and Abel were of a different genetic background than Seth.

This is known among Kabbalists as “The Theory of Origins”. The theory teaches that God created two “Adams” (Adam means “man” in Hebrew). To one he gave a soul and to the other he did not give a soul.

The one without a soul is the creature known in Christianity as the serpent. The Kabbalists call the serpent Nahash (meaning serpent in Hebrew). This is recorded in the Zohar:

Two beings [Adam and Nachash] had intercourse with Eve, and she conceived from both and bore two children.

Each followed one of the male parents, and their spirits parted, one to this side and one to the other, and similarly their characters.

On the side of Cain are all the haunts of the evil species; from the side of Abel comes a more merciful class, yet not wholly beneficial – good wine mixed with bad (Zohar 136).

In The Scofield Study Bible Scofield says,

The serpent, in his Edenic form, is not to be thought of as a writhing reptile. That is the effect of the curse (Gen 3:14). The creature which lent itself to Satan may well have been the most beautiful as it was the most “subtle” of creatures less than man.

Snake With Foot Found in China (different snake then the one mentioned below).

Dean Qiongxiu, 66, said she discovered the reptile clinging to the wall of her bedroom with its talons in the middle of the night. “I woke up and heard a strange scratching sound. I turned on the light and saw this monster working its way along the wall using his claw,” said Mrs Duan of Suining, southwest China.

Mrs Duan said she was so scared she grabbed a shoe and beat the snake to death before preserving its body in a bottle of alcohol.

The snake – 16 inches long and the thickness of a little finger – is now being studied at the Life Sciences Department at China’s West Normal University in Nanchang. Snake expert Long Shuai said: “It is truly shocking but we won’t know the cause until we’ve conducted an autopsy.”

A more common mutation among snakes is the growth of a second head, which occurs in a similar way to the formation of Siamese twins in humans.

Such animals are often caught and preserved as lucky tokens but have very little chance of surviving in the wild anyway, especially as the heads have a tendency to attack each other.

Scofield’s notes are silent as to the idea of Cain being the serpent’s seed, however in Gen 6:2 his notes claimed that while it was an “error” to believe that the offspring mentioned were the product of supernatural unions, it was instead the intermarriage of the “godly line of Seth” with the “godless line of Cain” being referred to.

Advocates suggest that modern Christian translations of the Old Testament reduce emphasis on this concept, which they believe indicated that the serpent had been an upright, human-like creature.

The foundational scripture for the serpent’s seed doctrine appears in Genesis 3:15, which in the King James Version states,

And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel (Gen 3:15).

Advocates interpret this literally to mean that an offspring of the Serpent via Eve would eventually lose in a mortal conflict with one of “her seed”.

Eve’s son by Adam would have presumably been called “Adam’s seed” so it has been suggested, since a woman does not naturally produce seed, that “her seed” is the first prophesy of an eventual human messiah produced by means of a virgin birth.

Adherents believe this sets up the serpent’s seed as an antitype to Jesus Christ.

Advocates also point out that in Genesis chapter 4 it is mentioned only once that Adam “knew” his wife, yet twice it is mentioned that she bore sons (Gen 4:1-2).

Advocates also believe an unmentioned act of infidelity is implied by reproductive and marital curses placed on Eve in Gen 3:16, that otherwise seem inappropriate to merely eating a forbidden fruit.

St. Paul seems to suggest as much in the second Epistle to the Corinthians, where he may have implied that Eve was not a chaste virgin at the time Adam first had relations with her:

Mark Wilson says: “Think the death of Jesus Christ is STILL the most underestimated event in all of human history. I don’t think any of us fully realize the fullness of what happened there.

The more I learn about Him, the more I admire Him. My loyalty is entirely voluntary.” Matthew Henry says: That the powers of darkness shall be triumphed over by them (Psa_91:13): Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder.

The devil is called a roaring lion, the old serpent, the red dragon; so that to this promise the apostle seems to refer in that (Rom_16:20).

The God of peace shall tread Satan under your feet. Christ has broken the serpent’s head, spoiled our spiritual enemies (Col_2:15).

And through him we are more than conquerors; for Christ calls us, as Joshua called the captains of Israel, to come and set our feet on the necks of vanquished enemies.

“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 subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted… (2 Cor 11:2-3).

In the New Testament, the first Epistle of John also states,

Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother (1 Jn 3:12).

John also recorded in his gospel that Christ said,

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 (8:44).

Advocates of the serpent seed doctrine have interpreted these verses to imply that the New Testament writers believed that Cain, the first murderer, was indeed the serpent’s seed.

The doctrine that Eve mated with the serpent, or with Satan, to produce Cain, has been taught in various forms for thousands of years, and it finds its earliest expression in Gnostic writings (e.g., the Gospel of Philip) and especially in Manichaean doctrines; however, it was soundly rejected by mainstream Christian theologians such as Irenaeus in the 2nd century, and St. Augustine in the 4th century.

More recent variants are central to the beliefs of Two-Seed-in-the-Spirit Predestinarian Baptists founded by Daniel Parker. Other variations are espoused by groups that adhere to the Christian Identity movement.

The main variations are on the aftereffects of the act. Some proponents believe that the serpent was Satan himself. Others believe that the serpent was an animal being influenced by Satan.

Another key difference is in the descendants of Cain. Some believe that the two lines remained separate and that eventually Cain’s descendants were all destroyed, others believe that Cain’s descendants became completely mixed with the descendants of Adam (meaning that all humanity is partially descended from Cain), and still others believe that the two lines remain separate to this day.

Finally others disagree whether sex itself was the original sin or if the original sin was sex for pleasure rather than sex for reproduction.

The following points and scriptures are largely agreed upon by all proponents to be the basis of the Serpent Seed doctrine, although variations do occur as mentioned above.

The Two Trees. The starting point of the discussion is usually on the two trees, the Tree of Life and the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gen 2:10).

A snake ate a crocodile and the five-hour epic battle between the enormous 10-foot water python and the meter-long crocodile was captured on camera. Tiffany Corlis, a local reporter from Australia, took a series of camera pictures and video shots documenting the snake’s assault on the crocodile, reported The Sydney Morning Herald on March 3, 2014.

In a video interview, Tiffany Corlis tells the story of how she was at Lake Moondarra in Queensland, Australia, on Sunday having breakfast when canoeists alerted her to the battle going on between the 10-foot water python and the crocodile.

In addition to pictures, video shots taken by Tiffany Corlis show the python slowly moving and devouring the crocodile — head first.

According to the canoeists, the fight between the water python and the crocodile had begun in the water with the crocodile trying to keep its head out of the water to survive.

By the time Tiffany Corlis was able to take camera and video shots, the snake had already coiled its body around the crocodile and was beginning to strangle it. Pythons kill their prey by tightening their coils around the animal as it breathes out.

“It was amazing. We saw the snake fighting with the crocodile – it would roll the crocodile around to get a better grip, and coil its body around the crocodile’s legs to hold it tight. After the crocodile had died, the snake uncoiled itself, came around to the front, and started to eat the crocodile, face-first.”

Another witness watching the battle between the snake and the python said that “the two creatures fought for about five hours.

By the end, they appeared exhausted.” The snake ate the crocodile as shocked onlookers at Lake Moondarra watched.

Tiffany Corlis estimates that it took the python about 15 minutes to devour the crocodile.

The python was “definitely very full,” when it finished, she said.

“I don’t know where it went after that – we all left, thinking we didn’t want to stick around!”

Proponents note the difference between the “trees that grow out the ground” as opposed to “the trees in the midst of the garden.”

This is used to indicate the two trees are not physical trees but principles (e.g. ideas, rules). They also point to the Book of Revelation, where the Tree of Life is now in heaven to show that the two trees are not the same kind of trees that grow on Earth but instead are something spiritual (Rev 2:7, 22:2).

Furthermore they point out that since man chose to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, it should still be visible somewhere in the world today, which they claim is the overt sexuality of society.

The Serpent (Gen 3)

The serpent in its original form was a creature capable of speech, and it had not yet at that point been cursed to go “upon [its] belly”; thus some proponents claim that the “serpent” was originally an upright human-like creature.

Some proponents claim the serpent was intended to be used for manual labor and therefore was made to look like a man but was not given a soul.

The chapter states that the serpent “beguiled” Eve. In Early Modern English this word literally meant to seduce or lead astray.

In the Bible, the sexual act is always obliquely referenced in Moses’ writings. It is always referred to discreetly, such as “knowing“.

Similarly in the Book of Proverbs, it states “such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness” (Prov 30:20).

This is used as evidence that the trees and the fruit are just another cryptic way to describe sex.

The Punishment (Gen 3)

Proponents also point to the punishment to show that the act was sexual. When Adam and Eve sinned they covered their genitals, not their mouths, indicating they sinned not with their mouths but with their genitals.

The punishment God put on them also affected sexual reproduction: He caused the woman to have menstrual cycles and to have increased pain in childbirth.

God’s curse also put enmity between the descendants of Adam (e.g., Abel) and the descendants of the serpent (e.g., Abel’s murderer Cain).

The Birth (Gen 4)

At the birth of Cain, Eve said, “I have gotten a man from the Lord.” Proponents claim that in the remaining two pre-Flood chapters, Adam’s descendants are called the “sons of God”, not “men”, while the word “men” refers solely to the descendants of Cain.

Eve was also called “the mother of all living” (Gen 3:20), but Adam was not similarly called “the father of all living”.

The Offspring (Gen 4)

Cain and Abel were of different occupational backgrounds. Abel tended the flocks and Cain tilled the ground. Proponents claim these traits were inherited from their fathers; Adam was to rule over the animals and the serpent was intended to tend the Garden of Eden.

The serpent, or snake, is one of the oldest and most widespread mythological symbols.

The word is derived from Latin serpens, a crawling animal or snake.

Snakes have been associated with some of the oldest rituals known to humankind and represent dual expression of good and evil.

In some cultures snakes were fertility symbols, for example the Hopi people of North America performed an annual snake dance to celebrate the union of Snake Youth (a Sky spirit) and Snake Girl (an Underworld spirit) and to renew fertility of Nature.

During the dance, live snakes were handled and at the end of the dance the snakes were released into the fields to guarantee good crops.

“The snake dance is a prayer to the spirits of the clouds, the thunder and the lightning, that the rain may fall on the growing crops..”

In other cultures snakes symbolized the umbilical cord, joining all humans to Mother Earth.

The Great Goddess often had snakes as her familiars – sometimes twining around her sacred staff, as in ancient Crete – and they were worshiped as guardians of her mysteries of birth and regeneration.

Another difference between them was that Abel, being of pure birth, knew how to give a proper sacrifice to God. Cain, not being pure, did not know how to give a proper sacrifice, he only knew he needed to give one, indicating he was only inherited a portion of the knowledge that Abel had inherited.

His impurity was also displayed by his jealousy and murder of Abel, some proponents argue that these are not traits God would have created in Adam and Eve and could not have been inherited from them.

The Two Lines of Descent (Gen 4-5)

Some proponents claim that because the two lines of descent are recorded separately it indicates they were somehow different. It notes how the developments in Cain’s sides were all negative (e.g. Lamech’s declaration in Gen 4:23 that “I have slain a man to my wounding”.

But in Seth’s line (Gen 5) nothing is mentioned of anything evil and each patriarch “begat sons and daughters”.

Ultimately, the two lines intermarry (Gen 6:4 “There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bear children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.”), and God then destroyed the world with a flood.

Proponents also point to the biological principle of heterosis being evidenced in the offspring of the interbreeding of the two lines being giants.

Ultimately Seth’s line leads to Jesus, who was born of a virgin. Proponents point to the fact that all humanity was impure and therefore incapable of “breeding” a “pure” Son of God as the reason Christ had to be born of a virgin.

Many proponents claim that Christ was born in the same state that Adam was created: perfect and without sin.

They claim he had to be created by God in order for him to be pure and to be the “perfect sacrifice”.

Parable of the Tares (Matthew 13:24-30)

Regardless of the understanding of the Serpent Seed based on the book of Genesis, many who believe in the doctrine hold that one of the most important evidences for the doctrine comes from Jesus unfolding the revelation the Parable of the Tares.

In this parable Jesus confirmed there were two distinct children present in the world until the end.

Snake charming is the practice of pretending to hypnotise a snake by playing an instrument called pungi.

A typical performance may also include handling the snakes or performing other seemingly dangerous acts, as well as other street performance staples, like juggling and sleight of hand.

The practice is most common in India, though other Asian nations such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Malaysia are also home to performers, as are the North African countries of Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia.

Ancient Egypt was home to one form of snake charming, though the practice as it exists today likely arose in India.

It eventually spread throughout Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa.

Despite a sort of golden age in the 20th century, snake charming is today in danger of dying out. This is due to a variety of factors, chief among them the recent enforcement of a 1972 law in India banning ownership of snakes.

In retaliation, snake charmers have organized in recent years, protesting the loss of their only means of livelihood, and the government has made some overtures to them.

Many snake charmers live a wandering existence, visiting towns and villages on market days and during festivals.

With a few rare exceptions, however, they typically make every effort to keep themselves from harm’s way.

For one, the charmer typically sits out of biting range, and his animal is sluggish and reluctant to attack anyway.

More drastic means of protection include removing the creature’s fangs or venom glands, or even sewing the snake’s mouth shut.

The most popular species are those native to the snake charmer’s home region, typically various kinds of cobras, though vipers and other types are also used.

Although snakes are able to sense sound, they lack the outer ear that would enable them to hear the music.

They follow the pungi that the “snake charmer” holds with their heads.

The snake considers the person and pungi a threat and responds to it as if it were a predator.

The startling discovery of Titanoboa was made by a team of scientists working in one of the world’s largest open-pit coal mines at Cerrejon in La Guajira, Colombia.

It is a snake that dwarfs the largest anaconda found today, and it has the size and character to challenge T-Rex in the public’s imagination.

A student visiting the coal mine made an intriguing discovery: a fossilized leaf that hinted at an ancient rainforest from the Paleocene epoch.

Over the following decade, collecting expeditions led by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and the Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida opened a unique window into perhaps the first rainforest on Earth.

Fossil finds included giant turtles and crocodiles, as well as the first known bean plants and some of the earliest banana, avocado and chocolate plants.

But their most spectacular discovery was the fossilized vertebrae of a previously undiscovered species of snake, one so large it defied imagination.

This giant man-eater decided to attack an electric fence. That was alive with electricty.

The result was never going to be in doubt as the snake got tangled up and basically electrocuted himself to death.

Look at those teeth! That’s another reason to be scared of snakes – once one of these bad boys has your leg in his hungry mouth, it’s not coming out in a hurry.