Jesus, The Promised Seed

Below are notes to a sermon preached Sunday morning, August 10, 2003, at Gospel Light Baptist Church, Albany, Georgia. 


By Michael D. O’Neal                    Pastor, Gospel Light Baptist Church                   Albany, Georgia


Scripture Reading: Genesis 13:14-18

Text: Genesis 13:16

Genesis 13:16 And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.

Introduction: Any mature Bible student is aware that our text is a prophecy that God would give children to Abraham who would possess what we call “the Promised Land.” However, a New Testament Christian who studies his Bible knows that the prophecy is also a reference to the Lord Jesus Christ. We should not be surprised to find Jesus in this early promise to Abraham. After all, Jesus said:

John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

I remind you that after His resurrection Jesus took two of His disciples,

Luke 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

I want us to look at this promise and take you all the way from Abraham to Jesus, as I tell you this morning that JESUS IS THE PROMISED SEED.

But first, let’s look at


Genesis 13:16 And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.

A. An unlimited promise

  • You can’t number the dust of the earth
  • Thank God, Jesus can do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20)!

B. An unseen promise

  • Abraham had to accept this by faith (Hebrews 11:1), as he had no child
  • We are saved by grace through faith not sight (Ephesians 2:8-9)
  • We WALK by faith, not sight (2 Corinthians 5:7)

C. An unlikely promise

  • Abraham lived to be 100 and his wife 90 before she became pregnant.
  • As Christians, we, too, believe the impossible – the virgin birth of Christ, His sinless life, His substitutionary death, His bodily resurrection

D. An unexpected promise

  • Abraham and Sarah BOTH laughed at the promise of God.
  • God specializes in doing the unexpected!
  • But God! – Ephesians 2
  • Saul the persecutor would have never become Paul the preacher, BUT GOD!
  • In Mark 5 a man seemed like he was crazy, with no hope, BUT GOD! He met JESUS …. and   Got cleaned up Got clothed over Got calmed down. AMEN!


Galatians 3:16a Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made …

There were promises, plural:

A. The parcel of land

  • The fighting today is over Abraham’s lapse of faith and trying to fulfill God’s promise through a union with Egypt, a type of the world

B. The presence of the Lord

  • God is omnipresent, but was with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in a special way

C. The preservation of a line

  • Satan and his workers have tried to destroy the Jewish line


Exodus 2:24 And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.

The people of Israel were

A. The people of choice

  • GOD chose them

B. The people of a covenant

C. The people of circumcision

  • Today we are spiritually circumcised –  Colossians 2

D. The people of the commandments of God

E. The people of Christ


Galatians 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

Jesus was:

A. The seed of the line of Abraham

  • Hebrews 7:14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses       spake nothing concerning priesthood.

B. The seed of a lone woman

  • Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed         and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
  • Galatians 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made           of a woman, made under the law,

C. The seed of the Lord God Almighty

  • Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be     born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
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