Archive for June, 2006

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Then God said… Gen. 1:24

June 29, 2006

“Then God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind’; and it was so.” (Genesis 1:24, NASB)

These creatures are brought forth out of the earth. God forms them from the earth (2:19). This stands in contrast to the intimate formation of man later. Here God’s word creates out of the earth, “and it was so.”

There are three general categories of creation for land animals. In the NASB above, they are cattle, creeping things and beasts. The NET, ESV, NIV, HCSB and Amplified Bible all determine that the word for cattle is more general than that: livestock. That is the section or category of domesticated animals. When God sought to communicate the creation of the land animals here, He focuses on three separate groups. This communicates to us the extent of His creation – everything. It also shows His knowledge and care by providing humankind with work/play animals. But there are also other animals, creeping things and beasts, with whom we are less involved (1:28).

This begins an interesting relationship between God and the land animals, as with all animals. In Psalm 50:10 God asserts His ownership of animals. Even more interesting is His relationship with them. When God is questioning Job to help him contrast his understanding of God with the actual work of God, He says “Can you hunt the prey for the lion, Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions, When they crouch in their dens And lie in wait in their lair?” (Job 38:39-40). In beautiful poetry God implies His extensive work, sovereignty and care in sustaining the animals of His creation.

Once again, just as God’s word is spoken “it was so”.

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There was evening… Gen. 1:23

June 12, 2006

“There was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.” (Genesis 1:23, NASB)

As has become our custom, a summary is due. Not losing sight of the clear readying, we remember that the fifth day also was roughly the same length as today.

A new type of life is created on day five, life in a different sense. This life “moves”. God also blesses it, the first blessing revealed in Scripture. As discussed, the blessing gives the gift of reproduction to the creatures created for the sea and air. It also begins a series of blessings God gives as He completes His work.

The fruitful multiplication of the creatures of day five equates itself with the abundance seen in verse 11 through the Hebrew word for vegetation. We will find later the necessary relationship between the fruitful and abundant.

Lastly, God continues to see “good”, the reflection of Himself in His creation.

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God blessed… Gen. 1:22

June 1, 2006

“God blessed them, saying, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.'” (Genesis 1:22, NASB)

This is the first blessing of God. The word “blessed” would be more pointedly translated as “endowed”, i. e. gave the ability to reproduce. God clearly separates these living creatures from the plants created on day three by this blessing. The verb tense is such that the blessing is continuous, not a single act.

God is the origin of the ability to have offspring. This is revisited many times in the Bible (Genesis 29:31, Genesis 30:22, Psalm 113:9, Luke 1:7,13). God alone has the ability to grant life. Here we find the first mention of it in the creatures of the sea and air. Again, the abundance is stressed. This time it is a direct command from God that the seas be filled.