Etymologically, it is quite easy to understand ancient thoughts on procreation. The two common words that we use today for the male contribution to procreation, spermatozoa and semen, coming from Greek and Latin respectively, both mean seed. In other words, it was thought that a child was conceived in a way similar to that of crops being planted–as seed scattered on fertile soil. Taking this into consideration, the promise given in Genesis 3 is quite an astounding one. There God declares, “I will put enmity between you [the serpent] and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” It is from the seed of woman that the Christ was promised, a saying that does not seem so odd to our scientifically enlightened minds but was surely odd to its hearers granting their understanding of procreation. Yet in this, Scripture demonstrates its divine authority in this passage and also foreshadows the virgin birth of the Christ and its necessity, where he who is not of the seed of Adam shall come forth as the Second Adam to redeem the elect of Adam’s race thereby creating a new humanity through himself.
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