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Studies in Genesis 1

And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them 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.” And it was so. (Genesis 1:29-30 ESV)

God is the Creator of life and everything created. God is the Sustainer of life. God governs and gives purpose to life. He created light on the first day and the sun, moon and stars on the fourth. He created a habitable planet on the second day and plant life on the third. His universe is orderly and operates under specific laws determined and emplaced by Him.

On the fifth day God created the sea creatures and the birds of the air. On the sixth day He created the land dwelling creatures. He created Man in His image. Man stands apart from all other created life on Earth.

God gave Man food. Every “plant yielding seed” and “every tree with seed in its fruit” was food for Man. Nothing God designated as food was poisonous or would hurt Man. Man was to rule over and govern life, the sea creatures, the birds of the air and all animal life dwelling on dry land. Man was originally created as an herbivore, not a carnivore.

God also says “everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” Does this mean all life capable of eating ate only vegetation? It wasn’t until the sixth day God designated food for the animals created on the fifth day. Did they not eat until the sixth day?

It is my opinion a “day” in God’s calendar of the first week is a period of time but is not a literal 24 hours. Though He created time when He created space He did not set the Sun and Moon and the days and seasons until the fourth day. Though God certainly could have created everything in a literal 144 hours I do not believe He did. The physical evidence, including the speed of light, suggests He created all over an unimaginably long period of time. God is not constrained by time. He was there and tells us what He did but does not give us blow by blow details. We are given, by God, the faculty to observe and examine and draw reasonable conclusions about what He did based upon both general and special revelation. We can make reasonable assumptions. But we cannot tell God what He did and do not have the right to put words in His mouth.

Based on the evidence of my study of Scripture, observations and my own thoughts I believe we are in the sixth day. We are looking forward to His seventh day rest. In my opinion.



Land Animals

Studies in Genesis

And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so.

And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:24-25 ESV)

Again, God speaks. He announces what He determines to create, bringing into existence all He intends. He creates the land animals. He has already covered the land with vegetation. He has already filled the waters with sea creatures and the air with flying creatures. Now, He brings into existence the land animals.

He commands the earth “bring forth” living creatures. He has spoken the same idea in Genesis 1:11, “let the earth sprout vegetation” and uses the same term in 1:12, “the earth brought forth vegetation.” Out of the existing materials of the ground, the dirt and dust of the earth, God fashioned living creatures. He does not need preexisting material to create anything but has chosen to do so.

It is interesting to note the order in which He declares the creation of animal life. He gives an order in verse 24 then changes the order in verse 25. I can only assume He does so to help us define the value and places of these creatures. All animal life carries the same value to God. It is “good.” That, and as we shall see, Man will have dominion over all animal life. We will discuss dominion in the future. For now it is important we recognize God has created these creature and, at least before the fall, given Man responsibility over them.

Out of the ground God created the “beasts of the earth,” “livestock,” and “everything the creeps.” “Beasts” are the flesh of raw animal life that wanders freely across the earth, avoiding Man. He creates “creeping” things which means those animals which move fast or glide across the ground, such as reptiles, insects and worms, mostly unaware of Man. They do not range over wide areas of land such as the beasts. Finally, he creates “livestock” which is the domesticated animals who stay close to Man.

Each of these species He creates “after its kind.” He uses this phrase five times in these two verses, and ten times in the first chapter of Genesis. This phrase is important to God and is, therefore, important to all His creation, but especially Man. We place ourselves in danger when we ignore what He is saying to us.

God declares His creation of the animal life “good.” He is pleased.