The end of Genesis provides the exegetical key to understanding everything before it. Reuben, Simeon, and Levi were impenitent and passed over for the Messianic blessing. Th is explains why their sins were recorded and helps clarify the rest the Genesis accounts: Genesis details why the Messianic line continued through certain people and why others were rejected from it. Th us, the message of Genesis is who the Messiah came through and why He came through those people. Those few accounts that do not specifically discus this focus on some other aspect of God developing a covenant relationship with mankind. And the beginning of Genesis provides the exegetical key to understanding everything after it. Enmity is guaranteed between the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent. Th at enmity begins immediately as Cain kills Abel, and continues through Genesis-and through the Bible-until it culminates in the children of the devil murdering the Seed of the woman. The book of Genesis begins that narrative, documenting the development of God's covenant relationship with man through the growth of the seed. The Growth of the Seed is a study of Genesis that emphasizes this theme. In addition, it provides detailed comments on the text and short essays on several subjects that are suggested in, yet peripheral to, Genesis.