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Were there people before Adam and Eve?

May 4, 2009

It has come to my attention that there are some who have misread the following passage in Jeremiah and say that it refers to people living before Adam and Eve:
Jeremiah 4:23  I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.

One must keep this following verse in mind, a warning against misusing the Word:
2 Timothy 2:15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
How to “rightly divide”? This issue is also addressed in the Word:
Isaiah 28:10  For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
A couple of verses down, the principle is repeated, and the warning is expanded:
Isaiah 28:13  But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.
Your knowledge can build as you go along, but if you start thinking ahead of the Lord, then you can miss the mark.
If you read the whole chapter, in context, you will see this in a new way.

Jeremiah 4:19  ¶My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war.
20  Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land is spoiled: suddenly are my tents spoiled, and my curtains in a moment.
21  How long shall I see the standard, and hear the sound of the trumpet?
22  For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.
23  I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.
24  I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly.
If you read the first three chapters, and then the rest of this entire book, you’ll find it’s talking about the destruction that was coming for Israel for having forsaken God. The book starts with God calling Jeremiah directly when he was twelve years old, telling him he was going to be the messenger to warn the children of Israel.
So in context, after telling them they cannot hope for salvation from the hills, he tells them that even their earth would suffer total devastation.
Look at verse 29:The whole city shall flee for the noise of the horsemen and bowmen; they shall go into thickets, and climb up upon the rocks: every city [shall be] forsaken, and not a man dwell therein.
It is in the same spirit as the previous text, and says these same people will go into the rocks and thickets and forsake all their cities.

Note, then, the multiple differences between the context of verse 23 of chapter 4 of Jeremiah, and Genesis 1:2, and while considering them, also consider that the verse and chapter divisions were not there in the original manuscripts, and we can say that these verse and chapter divisions are not themselves “inspired”. In other words, they are continuous narratives, not an isolated piece inserted out of place.
If Jeremiah 4:23-28 refers to a pre-Adamic world, it is definitely out of place and out of context.
The rest of the chapter in Jeremiah, and continuing into Jeremiah, talks to the desolation coming to God’s people for their sins.
The first chapters of Genesis speak to the six days of Creation. Note that it is after verse 2 of Genesis One that God says, “Let there be light”, and that’s when there was light.
To take those first two or three chapters as meaning there was light and earth and life and destruction before that Creation week, and then to “allegorize” the rest of it, is to force-fit a square peg into a round hole.
And make no mistake. The chapter says that there was grass and herb and its seed yielding fruit on the third day, and no sun until the fourth day. If you say the “days” were “millions of years”, you have to explain how plants survived all that time without sunlight.
The “gap theory” fitting anything between verses one and two before Creation week also has to explain how there were plants and animals before God created light, stars, moons, plants, animals, and, of course, people.
There is a commentary from Francis Dake, probably originating with Charles Darby and Cyrus Scofield, making the claim that there were worlds that existed before the Garden of Eden, that also uses the passage in II Peter 3, torturing the passage to claim that the worlds before were destroyed by water. Read it again, and this time, keep the flood of Noah in mind, same as Christians up until the two aforementioned spoiled the waters (as in the water of the Word).
It is such an obvious reference to the flood of Noah, that a simple read of it will suffice, except to say that if it fits Noah’s flood (which you can see for yourself in a straightforward read), then that’s what it is, and to invoke man’s wisdom to say otherwise is foolishness.

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