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Elpis Israel
by Dr. John Thomas

Adam sinned in consequence of listening to Eve's silvery discourse.

No temptation has proved more irresistible to the flesh than the enticing words of woman's lips.

"They drop as a honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: but her end is bitter as wormwood, and sharp as a two-edged sword.

Her feet go down to death; and her steps take hold on hell".

Adam was a striking illustration of this truth, as appears from the sentence pronounced upon him.

"Because," said the Lord God, "thou hast hearkened to the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake: in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field: in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it was thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return".

Thus, having passed sentence upon the serpent, the woman, and the man, the Lord appointed them a new law, and expelled them from the garden He had made.

These three sentences; and the New Law, constitute the foundation of the world.

This is a phrase which occurs in various passages of the Bible.

It occupies a prominent place in the following text: "Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world".

The words in the Greek are ajpo catabolh covsmou , which, more literally rendered, signify, from laying the world's foundation The globe is the platform; the world that which is constituted, or built, upon it; and the Builder is God; for "he that built all things is God".

Now, the world was not built out of nothing.

The materials had been prepared by the work of the six days; and by the moral phenomena of the fall.

At this crisis, there appeared a natural system of things, with two transgressors, in whom sin had enthroned itself; and who were endued with the power of multiplying such as themselves to an unlimited extent.

This population, then, was either to act for itself under the uncontrolled dominion of sin; or, things must be so constituted as to bring it into order and subjection to the sovereignty of God.

The result of the former alternative would have been to barbarize mankind, and to fill the earth with violence.

This is demonstrated by what actually occurred before the flood when the divine constitution of things was corrupted and abolished by the world.

Man when left to himself never improves.

God made man upright; but look at the wretched specimens of humanity which are presented in those regions where God has left them to their natural tendency, under the impulse of their uncontrolled propensities.

Man thus abandoned of God, degenerates into an ignorant savage, ferocious as the beasts of prey.

If the Lord God had renounced all interest in the earth, this would have been the consummation of His work.

Man by his vices would have destroyed his own race.

But, though transgression upon transgression marked his career, "God so loved the world," that He determined that it should not perish, but should be rescued from evil in spite of itself.