Read for This Week’s Study: Isaiah 2:2-3; Hebrews 1:1–4; Exodus 24:16-17; Isaiah 44:24; Hebrews 1:10; Luke 1:31-32; Hebrews 1:5.
Memory Text: “But in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being” (Hebrews 1:2-3, NIV).
Right after Adam and Eve sinned, God promised them a “seed,” a Son who would deliver them from the enemy, recover the inheritance that had been lost, and fulfill the purpose for which they had been created (Genesis 3:15). This Son would both represent and redeem them by taking their place and, ultimately, by destroying the serpent.
“When Adam and Eve first heard the promise, they looked for its speedy fulfillment. They joyfully welcomed their first-born son, hoping that he might be the Deliverer. But the fulfillment of the promise tarried.” — Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages, p. 31. The promise was later confirmed to Abraham. God swore to him that he would have a “seed,” a Son through whom all the nations of the earth would be blessed (Genesis 22:16-18, Galatians 3:16). And God did the same with David. He promised David that his descendant would be installed by God as His own Son and would be established as a righteous ruler over all the kings of the earth (2 Samuel 7:12-14, Psalm 89:27-29). What neither Adam and Eve, Abraham, or David probably never imagined, however, was that their Redeemer Son would be God Himself.
Study this week’s lesson to prepare for Sabbath, January 15.