Genesis 22:18

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Genesis 3:15

Then the angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven, and said, “‘By Myself I have sworn’, declares the Lord, ‘because you have done this thing and have not withheld your son, your only son, indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies. In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.‘” (Genesis 22:18, NASB)

The Hebrew word for “seed” in these verses is always used singular. However, there are two kinds of singular, an absolute singular and a collective singular. In verse 17 it says “I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore.” The word “seed” in verse 17 is in the collective singular. The word seed in collective singular always means the nation of Israel (even when it doesn’t yet exist, as here).

But in verse 18, “in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed.”, the word seed is absolute singular. This time, seed means one specific individual, the Messiah.

So, Eve received the promise of a seed who would crush the head of the serpent. Now we are told that that seed would be a descendant of Abraham. As history unfolds, more and more information would be added. But here we see that the Messiah (Jesus) would be a descendant of Abraham.

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