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protoevangelium | krausekorner

Introduction: The appointed Old Testament Lesson for this Sunday, 6 June 2021, The 2nd Sunday after Pentecost (Year B, Proper 5) is Genesis 3: 8-15. Verses 14-15 are called the “Proto-evangelium” or the first Gospel because in the conflict between the offspring of Eve, who is Jesus Christ, will crush the age old serpent, the Devil. I opine that all of Genesis chapters 1 and 2 are also proto-evangelium, but these verses from chapter 3 are the proto-evangelium, first Gospel after the Fall. This is the bright light of God’s promise of the hope of the Savior. This quote by Dr. Martin Justus Naumann, +1972, (Professor, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, IN) is commentary on the Gospel hope:

“But it was not, as has been said, sometimes with tenderness, the first little star in the pitch-black darkness of the night of sin and death that had come on man. No, not a small light,
although a tiny light the clearer, the darker the night. Not just a glimmer, but rather the full burst of the sun of righteousness with healing in its wings. The promise of God did not grow from a germ of a seed to a-mighty tree. The promise of God and the grace of God was never a “more or less” matter. It is as great as God’s full majesty; indeed it is God’s glory. Soli Deo Gloria (God alone the glory) is sung not only of the majesty Isaiah sees in the temple but always includes also the absolution he receives in the same temple from the same vision. This is God in the fullness of His glory: “God who justifies the ungodly”(Romans 4: 5).

Adam and Eve, we see, had much more than a dim star of hope guiding them through life
till they finally arrived back in Eden, in the eternal Eden described in Revelation in so many terms borrowed from Genesis. Adam and Eve had the word, a light unto their feet, the daystar from on high. No dim theology theirs, to grow only gradually into a knowledge of a divinity. No constantly changing or ever evolving religious concepts for them. They had revelation.”

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