Today in God’s Word
Genesis 50; Luke 3
Closing Genesis today we see Joseph’s dying words being a promise passed on that God himself will come to them and bring the nation of Israel out of Egypt. Now fast forward some 1800 years or so and we see in Luke 3 the ministry of John the Baptist similarly declaring that the Christ will come bringing the salvation of God. God’s covenant people, whom God can make from stones, will be delivered not from physical captivity in Egypt (which Israel may not have even see coming yet back in the Genesis account, though God had told Abraham about the 400 years as we saw in Gen 15) by the Christ but they will be delivered from their ultimate captivity to sin and death.
Since Adam’s disobedience all mankind has been a slave of sin (cf. Rom 6:6; John 8:34) and under the condemnation of God (cf. Rom 5:12). Just yesterday we read of the consolation of Israel (the Christ) that righteous Simeon was waiting for (cf. Luke 2:25-35) and we understand that he recognized the need for the promised offspring to deliver mankind from sin and death that entered in the garden (cf. Gen 3:15).
We see in the genealogy from Luke 3 two men who are categorically different than any other persons listed in all of the history of mankind. Do you see it? Which two men are specifically indicated by the text to have no human father? Now pickup back at Romans 5 beginning again in verse 12 and continue through verse 21.
Jesus came as the second Adam who alone was born free of slavery to sin, just like Adam was made innocent and free. The difference is that Jesus was also God and Jesus did what Adam failed to do. Romans 8:1-4 tells us that Jesus condemned sin in his flesh whereas Adam served sin. We are all born in Adam but like Jesus told Nicodemus, that which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. We need a spiritual birth. We need to be in Jesus, no longer in Adam (cf. 1 Cor 15:20-23). We must die to the one master and be joined to another (cf. Rom 7:4-6).
May we see in the genealogy the solution to our condemnation. May we hear the cry in the desert that we must repent and turn to God. May we trust him who baptizes by the Holy Spirit and gives his righteousness in exchange for our sin (2 Cor 5:21).
Soli Deo Gloria!