Monthly Archives: November 2015

Alive

Studies  in Genesis 1

And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day. (Gen 1:20-23 ESV)

When God created the heavens and the earth, the universe in which we exist, He knew both the beginning and the ending of time. He exists outside of time and space looking down upon that which He created from a vantage point, seeing everything that is, was and will be. That which begins will also end. Nothing in the physical realm was designed to last for eternity.

Yet, we know from the words of Christ and the plain teaching of Scripture, that God created Man for Himself, for “everlasting life.” Physical bodies are exchanged for spiritual bodies which are just as real as the physical. Time, which begins and ends, is surrounded by eternity, which has neither beginning nor ending.

God tells us in Genesis 1 the creatures He created were “living” in Genesis 1:20. This word in English is a combination of two words in Hebrew. First, a word for “breathing” or “vitality” combined with a word for “alive” “fresh” and “strong.” Every animal which is alive breathes and moves. Plants take in oxygen and release carbon dioxide and grow but do not move. Both are alive. One the third day God created life which does not move. On the fifth day God created life which moves. All of this life He placed on a planet, in a solar system, in a galaxy, in a universe which is not alive, does not breathe, yet moves. God created that which is not alive and that which is alive.

When God created plant life on the third day He did so as food for the animal life He creates on the fifth (and sixth) day. Plants are food for animals. Are some animals food for other animals? This is true now, at this place in time. But were these animals, the fish and birds created on the fifth day, created as food for the animals He will create on the sixth day? Was that which had life created and given life to eventually die?

For Man physical death does not mean spiritual death. I have been saying for years that Man, each individual person, was not created to cease to exist but to exist in eternity, outside of space and time. Is this also true for all life created by God? We have circumstantial evidence only.

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Assumptions?

Studies in Genesis 1

So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” (Genesis 1:21-22 ESV)

God created a wide variety of creatures in large numbers and gave these creatures the drive and ability to reproduce. There are several assumptions we can make because of His declaration.

God covered the earth with food for these creatures. After He creates Man He tells us that all the green plants He created are for food. “And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food” (Genesis 1:30 ESV). No creature God created was supposed to eat another creature. There was enough food in the green plants to support the planet.

Next, God’s creatures are to grow numerically, filling the earth. Can we assume that when the number of creatures reached maximum capacity, as determined by God, they would stop multiplying? Or can we assume these creatures had a specific life span and then would die? Some assume God created living creature to not die but to live for eternity. Yet, there is nothing in Scripture which suggests living creatures, other than Man created in His image, do not die. Earth is a finite space and can hold only so much, albeit much more than we think.

If we examine the physical evidence we see life, birth and death.

The discovered archeological record suggests fish first appeared about 500 million years ago. Yet, the same archeological records do not discover the first birds at the same time. According to the discovered fossil records birds come much later with the assumption they evolved from early dinosaurs. We are faced with a conundrum. Do we believe what God declares in Scripture or do we believe what the fossil record is telling us? Our understanding of both God and the fossil record is not complete.

I do not believe in evolution. Nor do I believe God is a liar. Those who hold to evolution have completely removed God from the equation. This is foolish. Those who suggest the earth has existed for only a short period of time, thousands instead of millions of years, try to explain away the evidence of the fossil record, essentially making the fossil record a lie. This is equally foolish.

Our purpose in this life is to learn about and know God both intellectually and intimately. We will explore this purpose in more depth when we study the image of God in man. For now we must listen to God’s special revelation and the evidence of His handiwork and hold our unwarranted assumptions at bay until we have a more complete knowledge.

 

After Their Kind

Studies in Genesis 1

So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” (Genesis 1:21-22 ESV)

God uses two terms in these verses to show how He has set up the natural order and the laws of nature to propagate each species to increase their numbers. He states that the sea creatures and the bird exist “according” or “after their kind” or “after its kind.”  He uses a word which means to sort or group according to form and likeness. This word is used only 31 times, all of which are in the Pentateuch, except for one instance in Ezekiel (47:10).

While there are swarms of creatures, large numbers filling the seas and sky, there are uncounted groups of like creatures. They are “after their kind.” Though God made a single human He made large numbers of each kind of creature.

Then God commanded these creatures “be fruitful and multiply.” He wanted them to fill the Earth with life. The emphasis of the words is the ability to produce offspring of their kind. We know now God created male and female of each species because He determined the way the animals would have offspring. He set up the natural system according to natural laws so the population of each species would increase naturally.

This may seem an obvious statement yet the current reaction to the way God introduced life on Earth rejects the evidence of His involvement so as to skew the natural order and reinterpret the natural laws. Yet, God’s work and the laws He established are minutely intricate, profoundly simple and point to Him as Creator.

Animal Life

Studies in Genesis 1

And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” (Genesis 1:20 ESV)

God created a physical planet in a hostile universe and filled it with life. He separated the waters forming oceans and lakes, rivers and streams. He set the boundaries of the atmosphere and made an environment capable of sustaining itself according to the laws of nature He put in place.

He created a perfectly balanced universe and a solar system within the universe to hold the life He created on Earth. Yet, by the fourth day, life on Earth is only food, green plants and vegetables and trees with their fruit. He covered the surface of the land with vegetation. He has also put food into the waters.

Now, on the fifth day, He creates animal life. He fills the waters with living creatures. He uses the word “swarm” which means to abound and to move while abounding. Plants and trees do not move. Animal life moves.

He does not create just a few creatures. He fills the seas with moving animals of an unknowable variety, from the smallest single cell animal to massive sea creatures. These creatures are designed to live and proliferate in water. They are not designed to survive on dry land.

He didn’t create only animal life in the waters. He filled the air, the atmosphere which surrounds the Earth, with birds and other creature which fly. Not a few birds or a few species of flying creatures but innumerable varieties and sizes and kinds. Like the fish, He uniquely designed these flying creatures to move through the atmosphere. We know these creatures rested on the land when not flying.

Early Earth was wondrous because God is wondrous. Occasionally, we discover the evidence of life from the earliest time. This evidence points to the creativity of the God of all.