Prophecies of Messiah – Genesis 4:25: Another Seed

Prophecies of Messiah

Messiah in Hebrew literally means an anointed one, as in a king (1 Samuel 24:6, 10), prophet (1 Kings 19:16) or priest (Leviticus 4:3, 5, 16; 6:22). The term is used in reference to God’s people as well (Psalm 105:15; 1 Chronicles 16:22). Most important is the usage of the term in reference to the Son of God (Psalm 2:2, 6-7; Matthew 16:16; 26:63; John 6:69), the Savior of the world (Habakkuk 3:13; Daniel 9:25) who is to rule as King over all the earth (Psalm 72:1-11; Isaiah 9:6-7; Psalm 110:1-4; Jeremiah 23:5-6; Zechariah 9:9-10; Daniel 7:13-14).

Prophecies of Messiah – Genesis 4:25: Another Seed

Gen 4:25  And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.

The ancients believed that the birth of Seth was a prophecy of the Messiah.

John Gill commentary

“…the ancient Jews used to call him the seed which comes from another place; not from the place from whence seed ordinarily comes, from the loins of men, but from some other place they knew not where: their words are very remarkable on that passage in Gen_4:25, “and she called his name Seth, for God hath appointed me another seed”, &c. This observation is made by R. Tanchuma, in the name of R. Samuel; says he,

“she has respect to that seed, which is he that comes, ממקום אהר, “from another place”, and what is this? this is the King Messiah.”  {Bereshit Rabba, sect. 23. fol. 20. 4. Midrash Ruth, fol. 36. 1. }

The word for ‘appointed’ in Genesis 4:25 is שית ‘shiyt’ which literally means to sit.  This word is used in Psalm 110:1 speaking of the Messiah who would sit (שית ‘shiyt’) at the right hand of the Father.

Psa 110:1  A Psalm of David. The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make {שית ‘shiyt’} thine enemies thy footstool.

Scripture declares this was fulfilled in Jesus (Mark 16:19; Acts 2:34; Ephesians 1:20-22; 1 Peter 3:22).

This ‘setting’ of the Messiah by the Almighty is further seen in Psalm 2.

Psa 2:6  Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.

The word in Hebrew for ‘set’ in Psalm 2:6 is נסך ‘nasak’ which literally means to anoint, as in the anointing of King Messiah.


For more on the subject of the Messiah see:

Jesus is the LORD

Jesus is Christ the LORD

Jesus Creator

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