Genesis 1:11-13 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. 12And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13So the evening and the morning were the third day.
John 12:24 “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.”
John 15:1-3 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me in that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”
1. What is the common theme of these two passages from Genesis 1, John 12 and John 15?
It is the theme of first fruits. From Genesis 1: on the third day the earth brought forth the first life. The herbs that have seed and the fruits that has seed will become the food for humans. In John 12 Christ rising from the dead on the third day have become the first fruit of the new creation, and the food of the new life.
Gen 14:18 “Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High”
Heb 5:6 As He also says in another place: “You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek”
2. What is the order of Melchizedek and why it was different than any other priesthood?
It’s an order of priesthood that does not offer animal sacrifices. David made a prophecy in the Psalm about his “Son” who would come not in the order of Aaron, but the order of Melchizedek. This priesthood offers bread and wine.
Gen 49:10-12 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor a lawgiver from between his feet,
Until Shiloh (to Him it belongs) comes; And to Him shall be the obedience of the people. 11 Binding his donkey to the vine, And his donkey’s colt to the choice vine, He washed his garments in wine, And his clothes in the blood of grapes. 12 His eyes are darker than wine, And his teeth whiter than milk.
3. Who is Shiloh? And what is He marked by?
Proverbs 9:1-6 Wisdom has built her house, She has hewn out her seven pillars; 2 She has slaughtered her meat,
She has mixed her wine, She has also furnished her table.3 She has sent out her maidens, she cries out from the highest places of the city, 4″ Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!” As for him who lacks understanding, she says to him, 5″ Come, eat of my bread And drink of the wine I have mixed. 6 Forsake foolishness and live, And go in the way of understanding.
4. Who is wisdom what does the house, the table and the actions mean?
The Wisdom is Christ; the house is the church, the table is the altar of the New Testament church. The meal is bread and wine; the maidens are the apostles, patriarchs, bishops, priests, deacons, and servants.