The Lost World
Welcome to the part of God's Word I like to call the Lost World. This is a mysterious part of human history involving upwards of perhaps a billion people who lived before the Flood. What was the Antediluvian World like? Why did God destroy it? Who lived and served God in that time? And what can we learn from the world that perished? All this and so much more lies ahead in Genesis 4-5.
Why study The Lost World?
What can we New Testament Christians find in Genesis 4-5? Most amazingly, Christ in all His glory. The way we see these chapters will color all the rest of God's Word. Listen to the testimony of a great Bible student of 150 years ago, J. C. Ryle
"In every part of both Testaments Christ is to be found—dimly and indistinctly at the beginning, more clearly and plainly in the middle, fully and completely at the end—but really and substantially everywhere."
Christ's sacrifice and death for sinners, and Christ's kingdom and future glory, are the light we must bring to bear on any book of Scripture we read. Christ's cross and Christ's crown are the clue we must hold fast, if we would find our way through Scripture difficulties. Christ is the only key that will unlock many of the dark places of the Word. Some people complain that they do not understand the Bible. And the reason is very simple. They do not use the key. To them the Bible is like the hieroglyphics in Egypt. It is a mystery, just because they do not know and employ the key.
It was Christ crucified who was set forth in every Old Testament sacrifice.
Every animal slain and offered on an altar was a practical confession that a Saviour was looked for who would die for sinners—a Savior who should take away man's sin, by suffering, as his Substitute and Sin-bearer, in his stead (1 Peter 3:18). It is absurd to suppose that an unmeaning slaughter of innocent beasts, without a distinct object in view, could please the eternal God!
(1 Peter 3:18). "For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit."
It was Christ to whom Abel looked when he offered a better sacrifice than Cain.
Not only was the heart of Abel better than that of his brother, but he showed his knowledge of vicarious sacrifice and his faith in an atonement. He offered the firstlings of his flock, with the blood thereof, and in so doing declared his belief that without shedding of blood there is no remission (Heb. 11:4).
"By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended as a righteous man, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead."
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