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.