The First Promise


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Statue c. 1792 - 1750 BC that represents an an...

Statue c. 1792 – 1750 BC that represents an ancient Babylonian goddess, possibly Ishtar or Ereshkigal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Genesis 3:14-15 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shall thou go, and dust shall thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shall bruise his heel.

It was a disappointing day  for the world when man fall into the trap of the enemy. He was given a great inheritance to rule over the earth, and to be its king for an eternity. He fell when tested by the enemy, when he was to have hold ground, mankind through Adam joined the rebellion to overthrow God. It was an impossible notion, but Satan saw it fit to try, and in his pursuits, fell. For Satan God created Hell, but for mankind a way of escape. However, it is up to man to make that choice that will lead to salvation.

Although God has passed judgment on the human race through Adam, He has set in motion a plan to redeem mankind. Although He was angry with man, God reached out to deliver his son, and promising to take on human form, that He might recover what was lost. This was the first promise made by God to redeem mankind, as there were no need for a promise of redemption. On the day Adam was created, he was perfect, and made in the image and likeness of God. But when he chose to act against God’s law and covenant he fell from glory into a life of darkness.

It was then there was a need for a promise; therefore, God spoke the word which would become a reality in the distant future, according to His promise to Adam. And it is from this promise mankind begin to formulate their own religion. Knowing there was to come a savior born of a virgin, cultures begin to adapt cults, performing acts of crime against the kingdom of God. And as they move further away from God, men begin to stray from the truth, and what came about as a result of their drifting was a life of adultery, rather, idol worship.

Looking for the promise of the savior, yet denying the true savior, the world was plunged into darkness. There was no truth in the world, as men of all nations begin to create tales, and running after the fallen ones, they seek the worship of men. What would arise out of this dark age, was the idea of man becoming a god, and so it was, a man of popularity was often taken by the people to be a god, men filled with immoral conduct. It was for these reasons God judged the world which was before our own. The world was looking for a virgin to give birth to a son, but out of a lack of impatient they created a world filled with cults, gods and goddesses. And so we are surrounded today by the fragments of the past.

Ishtar was the Babylonian equivalent of the Sumerian fertility goddess Inanna. Ishtar is the second consort of the god Anu, who is also her father. Ishtar is sometimes described as the sister of Ereshkigal.
Ishtar descends into the Underworld where she is kept until Namtar brings her out, sprinkled with the water of life. In her place Dumuzi (Tammuz) goes to the Underworld. Ishtar loved Gilgamesh, but he wouldn’t have her, so Ishtar asked Anu to send the Bull of Heaven to kill Gilgamesh.” Source link

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