Bloodline: Tracing God's Rescue Mission from Eden to Eternity

Skip Heitzig

The redemption of mankind was planned before the foundations of the world. But the path through Scripture that leads from Eden to eternity is not as straightforward as following a highway. It's more like following a thread in a tapestry and the thread is crimson-red, having been stained with blood. In this series, Skip Heitzig leads you on a unique journey through the Bible along the path of redemption.


 

Table of Contents

# SCRIPTURE: MESSAGE:
1 Genesis 3:15 The Cure for the Curse
2 Genesis 22 On a Hill Far Away!
3 Exodus 12 Getting Passed Over
4 Joshua 2 From House of Shame to Hall of Fame

 


 

SERIES: Bloodline: Tracing God's Rescue Mission from Eden to Eternity
MESSAGE: The Cure for the Curse
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 3:15
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/4389

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Welcome to this new series Bloodline, leading up to Easter. There is a scarlet thread woven throughout the fabric of Scripture from Genesis to Revelation that anticipates Jesus’ sacrifice at the cross. We Christians have become far too familiar with the idea that Jesus died for our sins so the impact is largely lost. In the next few weeks we will consider how God’s rescue mission is revealed from Eden to eternity. Today let’s peek at the first hint of the gospel.

STUDY GUIDE

Connect Recap Notes: March 3, 2019
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "The Cure for the Curse"
Text: Genesis 3:15

Path

There is a scarlet thread woven throughout the fabric of Scripture from Genesis to Revelation that anticipates Jesus' sacrifice at the cross. Christians have become far too familiar with the idea that Jesus died for our sins, so the impact is largely lost. In this new series, Pastor Skip considers how God's rescue mission is revealed from Eden to eternity.

  1. There Will Be Conflict "enmity"
  2. There Will Be Continuing Conflict "your seed and her Seed"
  3. There Will Be a Coming One "He"
  4. There Will Be Confrontation "you shall bruise His heel"
  5. There Will Be Conquest "He shall bruise your head"

Points

There Will Be Conflict "enmity"

There Will Be Continuing Conflict "your seed and her Seed"

There Will Be a Coming One "He"

There Will Be Confrontation "you shall bruise His heel"

There Will Be Conquest "He shall bruise your head"

Practice

Connect Up: Though we don't know the complete answer, why do you think the Bible uses blood to reveal God's redemptive plan? Some thoughts to discuss: life is in the blood (see Leviticus 17:11)—leading to Jesus' shed blood. Look up Hebrews 9:11-18 for more insight.

Connect In: As we reflect on the death of Jesus, leading up to Easter Sunday (traditionally called the Lenten season), why is it important for Christians to emphasize the lineage of Jesus, beginning in Genesis? Here are some points to cover: fulfilled prophecy, atonement (reparation for wrongdoing), and salvation (receiving the shed blood delivered on the cross for the remission of sins, people can stand before God covered in the righteousness of Christ; see 2 Corinthians 5:21).

Connect Out: How would you describe the importance of redemptive history—the bloodline—to an unbeliever, particularly someone who claims a crucified God is barbaric? As one person asked: "If God can do anything, why crucify Jesus? Couldn't God create another means of salvation?" How does Genesis 3:15 help answer such a question?

DETAILED NOTES
"The Cure for the Curse"
Genesis 3:15

  1. Introduction
    1. History centers around one pivotal point: the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ on the cross
      1. Forgiveness is our greatest need and God's greatest accomplishment, and this is what the cross is all about—it provides an opportunity for God to forgive
      2. This is reflected in Jesus' first words on the cross (see Luke 23:34)
      3. The story of atonement is on every page of the Bible—Old Testament and New
    2. Redemption is so monumental that it was in the mind of God before He even created the world
      1. In Revelation 13:8, Jesus is pictured as "the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world"
      2. Luke 24:25-27
      3. All pre-New Testament history looks forward to the cross and all post-New Testament history looks back to it
        1. The prophets anticipated it, God's people have celebrated it, but sadly, some churches are scared to talk about it
        2. "There are some preachers who cannot, or do not, preach about the blood of Jesus Christ—I have one thing to say to you concerning those—never go to hear them! Never listen to them! A ministry that has not the blood in it is lifeless…and a dead ministry is no good to anybody!" —C.H. Spurgeon
    3. Genesis 3:15 is a picture of how God will cure the curse
  2. There Will Be Conflict "enmity"
    1. Enmity can mean conflict, hostility, or a feud
    2. The Hebrew word translated as serpent is nachash, which could also be translated the shining one
      1. Satan is the serpent (see Revelation 12:9)
      2. Luke 10:18
      3. Both Isaiah and Ezekiel provide a picture of who Satan was originally
        1. Isaiah 14:12
        2. Ezekiel 28:14
    3. The ongoing spiritual conflict began with Satan's rebellion, which spread to other angelic beings
      1. Satan caused a third of the angels to fall
      2. Ephesians 6:12
    4. The conflict spread to the earth (see Revelation 12:9)
      1. The earth became Satan's domain
      2. The conflict spread throughout the world
    5. Genesis 3 was the darkest day in all of human history
      1. This is the day that Paul referred to in Romans 5:12
      2. Through sin came death; one act of disobedience introduced the virus of sin into the bloodline of humanity
  3. There Will Be Continuing Conflict "your seed and her Seed"
    1. The word seed means offspring
      1. There will be an ongoing conflict between humanity, whom God loves, pursues, and redeems, and Satan, his fallen angels, and those who have been influenced by Satan—the world
        1. The world doesn't agree with or sympathize with believers
        2. 1 John 5:19
      2. If you do not understand this ongoing conflict, the Bible will not make sense—portions of the Scripture won't seem to connect
        1. We live in a parallel universe; there's the physical reality and the spiritual reality
        2. The spiritual world is where a lot of the action is happening—battles in the conflict between the angelic and demonic forces
          1. Thirty-four books of the Bible mention angels
          2. Angels are mentioned 103 times in the Old Testament and 165 times in the New Testament
          3. The word angel means messenger
          4. Angels are non-corporeal beings, invisible, not subject to decay, and not subject to the other limitations we as humans are subject to
        3. Since the fall, there has been an ongoing spiritual conflict in heavenly places between angels and demons
    2. One of the key rules of warfare is to know who your enemy is and how he operates
      1. If you don't believe in the Devil, then he's already won
      2. 2 Corinthians 2:11
    3. Bruise could also be translated as crush
      1. Satan's reaction to this promise has been evasive countermeasures and counterattacks
      2. The result of those countermeasures is the invisible war
        1. Satan incited Cain to kill Abel, but God raised up Seth as the new seed (see Genesis 4:8, 25)
        2. Satan corrupted humanity and the earth to the point that God destroyed the world with a flood; God saved one family to start again (see Genesis 6:1-8)
        3. Satan incited Esau to try to kill Jacob (see Genesis 27:41)
        4. Pharaoh acted as Satan's agent when he ordered that all the male Hebrew infants be killed (see Exodus 1:15-22)
        5. King Saul spent almost a decade chasing and trying to kill David (see 1 Samuel 21-31; 2 Samuel 1)
        6. Haman tried to kill all Jews living in Persia but was hanged on his own gallows (see Esther 7)
        7. Herod ordered that every male baby in Bethlehem be killed (see Matthew 2:16-18)
        8. Satan himself tempted Jesus to jump off the pinnacle of the temple (see Luke 4:9-13)
        9. When Jesus announced that He was the fulfillment of the prophecy in Isaiah 61, the people in the synagogue at Nazareth tried to throw Him off a cliff (see Luke 4:16-30)
      3. All of these instances were attempts to destroy a people, a nation, a lineage, and a Person
      4. This sheds light on anti-Semitism
        1. All prejudice is wrong, but there's a certain demonic evil behind anti-Semitism
        2. If God's plan of redemption required the existence of a nation and the continuation of that nation, that nation must be destroyed in order to defeat God
  4. There Will Be a Coming One "He"
    1. The Seed could be plural or singular, but is clarified by the word He
      1. This is why Genesis 3:15 is considered by Old Testament scholars to be the first messianic prophecy—the protoevangelium, or the first gospel
      2. This is the first prediction that a deliverer will come and defeat Satan
    2. Because of the destruction of the earth by the flood, there were only three lines He could come from
      1. The sons of Noah: Shem, Ham, and Japheth
      2. The Israelites are of the line of Shem
      3. God made a specific promise to one of Shem's descendants, Abraham (see Genesis 12; 22)
      4. God promised that Jacob's descendants would multiply (see Genesis 28:14)
      5. David's family was of the tribe of Judah, Jacob's fourth son
    3. Jesus is the He—the hero of redemptive history
      1. All of Satan's attacks were meant to destroy Him before He destroyed the serpent
      2. Parallel verse: Revelation 12:4
  5. There Will Be Confrontation "you shall bruise His heel"
    1. This confrontation will be a culmination of the ongoing conflict
    2. "You shall bruise His heel" refers to a temporary blow
      1. This is a hint at the crucifixion
      2. Crucifixion, although one of the most excruciating forms of punishment, was only a temporary blow because of Jesus' resurrection
      3. The death and resurrection of Jesus is the victory in this battle
      4. The bloodline points to the lifeline
  6. There Will Be Conquest "He shall bruise your head"
    1. All of Satan's previous counteroffensive measures failed, so he resorted to extreme measures
      1. Satan incited the Jewish leaders, the mob, and the Roman government to put Jesus on the cross
      2. 1 Corinthians 2:8
    2. The darkest day in history gave way to the brightest hope in human history
      1. John 12:32
      2. The conflict will be won by the hero—Jesus will crush Satan's authority over those who give their lives to Christ
        1. Romans 16:19
        2. If you're in Christ, Satan has no dominion over your life
        3. John 10:10
  7. Conclusion
    1. The bloodline began with the protoevangelium—the first promise, the first gospel—and went all the way to the cross and beyond
    2. "The Bible is red with redemption truth" —William Evans
    3. The simple but profound truth of God's elaborate rescue mission to be the lover of our souls should be allowed to transform our lives

Figures referenced: William Evans, C.H. Spurgeon

Cross references: Genesis 4:8, 25; 6:1-8; 12; 22; 27:41; 28:14; Exodus 1:15-22; 1 Samuel 21-31; 2 Samuel 1; Esther 7; Isaiah 14:12; 61; Ezekiel 28:14; Matthew 2:16-18; Luke 4:9-13, 16-30; 10:18; 23:34; 24:25-27; John 10:10; 12:32; Romans 5:12; 16:19; 1 Corinthians 2:8; 2 Corinthians 2:11; Ephesians 6:12; 1 John 5:19; Revelation 12:4, 9; 13:8

Hebrew words: nachash

Topic: salvation

Keywords: blood, bloodline, confrontation, conflict, conquest, crucifixion, cure, fall, forgiveness, promise, redemption, sacrifice, spiritual warfare

 


 

SERIES: Bloodline: Tracing God's Rescue Mission from Eden to Eternity
MESSAGE: On a Hill Far Away!
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 22
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/4391

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Abraham and his son Isaac’s journey to Mount Moriah marked the most difficult time in their lives to that point. An unusual command from God would both challenge their faith and solidify their confidence in God’s promises. What did it all mean? Why was God requiring this? And how does this sacrifice foreshadow another sacrifice that would come much later on? As we continue to follow the bloodline from Eden to eternity, we pause to consider this story in four phases.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Recap Notes: March 10, 2019
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "On a Hill Far Away!"
Text: Genesis 22

Path

Abraham and his son Isaac's journey to Mount Moriah marked the most difficult time in their lives to that point. An unusual command from God would both challenge their faith and solidify their confidence in God's promises. What did it all mean? Why was God requiring this? And how does this sacrifice foreshadow another sacrifice that would come much later on?

  1. Preparation (v. 1)
  2. Examination (vv. 1-2)
  3. Submission (vv. 3-10)
  4. Anticipation (vv. 11-14)
Points

Preparation (v. 1)Examination (vv. 1-2)Submission (vv. 3-10)Anticipation (vv. 11-14)Practice

Connect Up: As Pastor Skip asked: Do you ever fear what God might allow to come into your life? Do you ever wonder how you would handle great heartache? Share a time of deep trial in your life. How did God sustain you? What does it tell you about God's purposes for humanity that He allows trials and tribulations?

Connect In: Pastor Skip mentioned the faith of Abraham, pointing to Hebrews 10-11. Using the following people listed in Hebrews 11, talk about the faith he or she showed, asking how the church can become more faithful like those described in the hall of faith.Connect Out: As Pastor Skip implied, many non-Christians may see God's request as an act of barbarism. Couldn't God have asked something different of Abraham? Why would God ask a person to do something to prove the faith which God already knew he had? How would you respond to those questions?

DETAILED NOTES
"On a Hill Far Away!"
Genesis 22

  1. Introduction
    1. Abraham's experiences in this chapter are a picture of what would happen to someone else in the future
      1. This is an emblematic form of the cross
      2. This is a picture of what God the Father and Jesus would experience
    2. We as Christians should never get tired of seeing the greatest portrayal of love ever: the cross
    3. Genesis 22 is one of the most important pictures of faith in the Bible (see Hebrews 11:17-19)
    4. Abraham's experience of almost sacrificing his son points to God the Father's sacrifice of His Son
  2. Preparation (v. 1)
    1. "After these things": before the test, there was a period of preparation, possibly even a few years of peace and rest
      1. Ishmael left; Abraham had an altercation with one of the local leaders
      2. Isaac, the son of promise, was born
      3. Period of rest: Genesis 21:32-34
    2. The restful time was preparation for what would become Abraham's darkest storm
      1. Do you ever fear what God might allow into your life?
      2. God is preparing you today for what you will face tomorrow
      3. God sends you hardships, but He will also bless you
      4. Romans 8:32
  3. Examination (vv. 1-2)
    1. Testnasah—means to prove the worth or quality of something
      1. God cannot be tempted, neither can He tempt anyone (see James 1:13)
      2. The Devil tempts you; God does not
      3. God tests you; the Devil does not
      4. The Devil tempts you in order to bring out the worst in you; God tests you to bring out the best in you
    2. Trust in God's sovereign control, whether it's a test or a temptation
    3. How do you know if your faith is any good? Get it tested
      1. It's easy to say that God is good when things are simple and easy
      2. It's a totally different thing to say that God is good when things are complicated and tough
    4. Abraham was undoubtedly heartbroken at this command
      1. Abram's name was changed to Abraham, which means father of a multitude
      2. One of Abraham's sons had left (Ishmael)
      3. God promised specifically that the world would be blessed through Isaac
      4. Isaac's birth was a miracle
    5. The real test was who Abraham loved more—God or Isaac
      1. God may test you in the very area where your security or identity lies
      2. Matthew 10:37
      3. "A religion which costs nothing is worth nothing" —J.C. Ryle
  4. Submission (vv. 3-10)
    1. Abraham's response to God's command seems immediate and unquestioning
      1. Nothing is said about his emotional reaction
      2. As he was wrestling with this command, Abraham came to a conclusion based on what he knew God's character to be
      3. For God to make a command like this, there are only two conclusions:
        1. God is fickle and cannot be trusted
        2. God is faithful and can be trusted
    2. Hebrews 11:17-19
      1. The Greek word used for concluding in verse 19 is logizomai, whichmeans to logically calculate
      2. Abraham chose to remember God's promises and His faithfulness to fulfill those promises; Isaac was the son of God's promise
      3. What do you do in a situation that seems illogical?
        1. You get theological
        2. Start reasoning and logically wrestling with it in light of God's character
    3. Turn your worst times into worship times
      1. This became an act of worship for Abraham
      2. Pause in the midst of the pain and worship God for His faithfulness
      3. We should be preoccupied with God so that other things don't preoccupy us
        1. Glance at the trial and gaze at the Lord
        2. If you gaze at the trial and glance at the Lord, you will sink
  5. Anticipation (vv. 11-14)
    1. The-Lord-Will-Provide
      1. This name became a saying of expectation and anticipation: "In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided" (v. 14)
      2. What happened with Abraham and Isaac became a preview of something else that would happen in the mountain of the Lord
      3. If we only consider this to be a trial of Abraham, we miss the point: this is more than a painful experience—it's a prophetic experience
    2. There are striking similarities between this and the cross
      1. Isaac and Jesus were both born miraculously
      2. Isaac and Jesus were both promised
      3. Isaac and Jesus were both named by God before they were born
      4. Verse 2 is the first use of the word love in the Bible
        1. The rule of first mention: the context of how a word is first used in the Bible reflects on how it is used throughout the rest of the Bible
        2. This is the love of a father for his son while he gives his son in sacrifice
      5. The peak of Mount Moriah is called Golgotha
      6. It took Abraham three days to get there; Isaac was figuratively dead to him for three days
      7. Isaac carried the wood for the sacrifice; Jesus carried His own cross
  6. Conclusion
    1. There was no substitute for Jesus' sacrifice; God the Father experienced what Abraham only contemplated
    2. When Abraham lifted that knife to sacrifice his own son, all of heaven must have marveled to see that man could love God so, but when Jesus was on that cross, all of heaven must have been amazed at how God could love mankind so
    3. God has given you a valentine, not written in pencil but in blood
    4. The bloodline is the lifeline
Figures referenced: J.C. Ryle

Cross references: Genesis 21:32-34; Matthew 10:37; Romans 8:32; Hebrews 11:17-19; James 1:13

Hebrew words: nasah

Greek words: logizomai

Topic: redemption

Keywords: blood, confidence, the cross, father, faith, love, pain, sacrifice, son, substitute, temptation, test, trial

 


 

SERIES: Bloodline: Tracing God's Rescue Mission from Eden to Eternity
MESSAGE: Getting Passed Over
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Exodus 12
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/4393

MESSAGE SUMMARY
No one ever likes being disregarded, ignored, or overlooked by people. Such rejection cowers our spirit and burdens our sensitivities. But being “passed over” in judgment is a welcome exception. When God established the yearly memorial of the Passover, He wanted His people to remember that they could’ve died were it not for His powerful intervention. This familiar story tells us four poignant truths.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Recap Notes: March 17, 2019
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "Getting Passed Over"
Text: Exodus 12

Path

No one ever likes being disregarded, ignored, or overlooked by people. Such rejection cowers our spirit and burdens our sensitivities. But being "passed over" in judgment is a welcome exception. When God established the yearly memorial of the Passover, He wanted His people to remember that they could've died were it not for His powerful intervention. This familiar story tells us four poignant truths.

  1. It Tells Us about Our Sin (vv. 12-13)
  2. It Tells Us about Our Substitute (vv. 3-6)
  3. It Tells Us about Our Salvation (vv. 7, 13, 21-23)
  4. It Tells Us about Ourselves (vv. 1-3)
Points

It Tells Us about Our Sin (vv. 12-13)It Tells Us about Our Substitute (vv. 3-6)It Tells Us about Our Salvation (vv. 7, 13, 21-23)It Tells Us about Ourselves (vv. 1-3)Practice

Connect Up: What does God's judgment—in contrast to His love—tell you about the severity of sin? Why can't God just overlook sin? To answer this question, consider the following:Connect In: Though the church today is not required to celebrate the Passover (unless one is a Messianic Jew, or participating in a special event), how does the Passover meal symbolize Christ? Consider a few things: the lamb's unbroken bones (see Exodus 12:46, Psalm 22:17, John 19:33), the blood (Exodus 12:7, Hebrews 9:22), and matzah (Deuteronomy 16:3, 1 Corinthians 11:24). For greater insight, see www.gotquestions.org/Passover-Seder.html.

Connect Out: How would you explain the concepts of expiation, propitiation, and substitutionary atonement to an unbeliever, linking them to Christ?

OUTLINE


  1. It Tells Us about Our Sin (vv. 12-13)

  2. It Tells Us about Our Substitute (vv. 3-6)

  3. It Tells Us about Our Salvation (vv. 7, 13, 21-23)

  4. It Tells Us about Ourselves (vv. 1-3)

 


 

SERIES: Bloodline: Tracing God's Rescue Mission from Eden to Eternity
MESSAGE: From House of Shame to Hall of Fame
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Joshua 2
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/4394

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Rahab was an Old Testament harlot who ended up being listed in both the genealogy of Jesus Christ and in the great chapter of faith in the New Testament. The reason? An authentic faith that changed her radically. Let’s consider her portrait in a four-sided frame that shows her journey from prostitute to princess as she signifies her faith by hanging a scarlet cord outside her home.

OUTLINE


  1. Her Status—A Working Prostitute

  2. Her Service—A Willing Protector

  3. Her Salvation—A Work in Progress

  4. Her Significance—A Wonderful Paragon


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