Genesis – Seed Plot of the Bible

The Bible was not written to satisfy the curious minds of archeologists or historians, but to satisfy the thirst of those seeking reality. As such, the Bible reveals Christ, the church, and God’s eternal purpose. Genesis is no exception. All the seeds of divine revelation have been discreetly sown in Genesis and grow throughout the rest of the Bible.

The third chapter in Genesis is one of the most important in all the Word of God. What has often been said of Genesis as a whole is peculiarly true of this chapter: it is the “seed-plot of the Bible.” Here are the foundations upon which rest many of the cardinal doctrines of our faith. Here we trace back to their source many of the rivers of divine truth. Here commences the great drama which is being enacted on the stage of human history, and which well-nigh six thousand years has not yet completed.

Here we find the Divine explanation of the present fallen and ruined condition of our race. Here we learn of the subtle devices of our enemy, the Devil. Here we behold the utter powerlessness of man to walk in the path of righteousness when divine grace is withheld from him. Here we discover the spiritual effects of sin- man seeking to flee from God. Here we discern the attitude of God toward the guilty sinner. Here we mark the universal tendency of human nature to cover its own moral shame by a device of man’s own handiwork. Here we are taught of the gracious provision which God has made to meet our great need. Here begins that marvelous stream of prophecy which runs all through the Holy Scriptures. Here we learn that man cannot approach God except through a mediator.

-Arthur W.Pink, Gleanings in Genesis, p. 33

4 thoughts on “Genesis – Seed Plot of the Bible

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    • It was already being used by Origen in the early 3rd century. He referred to the seeds planted by Moses and harvested by the apostles. I’m sure others picked up on the general concept. AW Pink also uses it in the 1960s in his Gleanings from Genesis.


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