And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and named him Seth, “For God has appointed another seed for me instead of Abel, whom Cain killed.” (Genesis 4:25)
Righteous Abel had been murdered, Cain was cursed and Cain’s descendants were evil. The promise of the Seed of the Woman seemed hopeless until Eve conceived again. That is why they named him Seth — which means “to set, fix” or “appoint.” It can also be rendered “to take a stand” implying that the Creator was making a statement — in spite of the Adversary’s best efforts, the Seed of the Woman would come and fulfill the prophecy declared in Genesis 3. In this scenario, Seth is the one appointed by God to make this possible.
There have been others throughout time that have also been appointed to serve the Father’s purposes when it came to the fulfillment of this prophecy. Sometimes those people came from questionable backgrounds, e.g. Rahab the harlot. Regardless of their background, because God had a purpose for them to serve, He not only called but He appointed them to that purpose.
We must understand that we have come into this world to serve a purpose — His purpose. With that calling comes the appointing and the anointing. He places us where He wants us and He empowers us to do His will by giving us the gifts and talents we need in order to complete the mission. Of utmost importance is the willingness to submit to His guidance and to be enabled by His Spirit.
Finally, though Seth may have known of the prophecy regarding the Seed of the Woman, he certainly didn’t live long enough to see it come to pass. However, that doesn’t mean the promise died with him; he fulfilled his appointment so that the next person in the chain could do likewise. We may never live to see the fruition of what we have been placed here to do but that doesn’t mean the promise dies with us — it will continue to live within those lives the Father allows us to touch and influence.
Blessings and Shalom,