I LOVE TO TELL THE STORY: THE CREATION STORY – Part 5 (By Janine Mick Wills)
Welcome to part 5 of “I Love to Tell the Story: The Creation Story.”* This installment will take you through THE SIXTH AND SEVENTH DAY OF CREATION.* Enjoy learning more about your Creator and His Creation (That includes you, too, ya know! 😉 )
Genesis 1:24-31 The Sixth Day of Creation
Vs 24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
God performed two creative acts on Day 6:
⇒The creation of animals
⇒The creation of man
Again, God spoke and then preformed the action (vs 25). On Day 5 the Animal Kingdom came into being. These creatures (from the Hebrew word nephesh, meaning “a breathing creature”), were divided into three groups: cattle (possibly all domestic animals); creeping things (possibly the reptiles); and the beast of the earth (possibly the wild animals).
Vs 25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
In the last two verses “after his/their kind” was stated five times. It is obvious God intended for each of His creations to reproduce itself in its original form and not to evolve from or into something else.
Vs 26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Everything in Creation appears to have led up to God’s crowning achievement: the creation of man (Hebrews 2:7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands). Though man is lesser in rank than the angels, the angels look down in wonder at the salvation he can receive (1 Peter 1:12b …which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into). Not only that, but one day we shall judge the angels (1 Corinthians 6:3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels?). These angels are presumably the ones of Jude 1:6 “which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation.”
We see another reference to the Trinity in this verse, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” The Bible clearly teaches that Christ and the Holy Spirit were with God at Creation (John 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God. Genesis 1:2b …And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters).
God intended to make man in His own image. God is a Spirit (John 4:24), thus man would also have a spirit. But though God is a Spirit, He also has an image (Exodus 33:23 And I (God) will take away mine hand, and thou (Moses) shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen), thus man would also have a body that could be seen. God has emotions (Psalm 37:13a The Lord shall laugh at him… (this will not be pleasant laughter); Psalm 7:11b …God is angry with the wicked every day; Matthew 3:17b …This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased), thus man would also exhibit emotions. God has a will (1Thessalonians 4:3a For this is the will of God…), thus man would also have a will (2 Peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man). God is omniscient or all-knowing (Acts 15:18 Known to God are all his works from the beginning of the world), thus man would also possess intelligent (Genesis 2:20a …And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field).
Of interesting note: God trusted Adam with the responsibility of naming all the animals, and He kept the names Adam had chosen (Genesis 2:19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof).
Vs 26b …and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
God also intended for man to rule the animal kingdom, another rebuttal to the evolutionary theory. Animals cannot rule over man because man is not an animal. Though some animals may physically dominate man, ultimately man has the ability to dominate them through superior thought and reasoning.
Also, animals cannot obtain righteousness, but man can (Ephesians 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness). When an animal dies, it ceases to exist. Man’s soul, on the other hand, has an opportunity to live forever in heaven (Ecclesiastes. 3:21 Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?).
Vs 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Here we need to take a detour to Genesis 2 for a complete account of the creation of man.
Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
As opposed to His other creations (“Made” is from the Hebrew word ‘asah, meaning “to make in the broadest sense and widest application.”), God formed man (from the Hebrew word yatsar, meaning “to mold into a form”). God took great pains to make Adam just right.
Also, God’s other creations were made from what appeared as nothing, while He formed man from something He’d already created – the dust of the ground (The animals in the Garden were also formed from the ground (Genesis 2:19), but that is not mentioned in the first account of their creation). Since dust does not hold together on its own, God added moisture to make it moldable. Could this have been His spittle such as Christ used to restore the blind man’s sight in John 9:6?
Finally, while God initially made the other creatures living entities, He breathed into man’s nostrils to give him life. God also breathed the angels into being (Psalm 33:6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth), but that verse does not say God breathed into their nostrils to give them life.
“… and man became a living soul.” This is the soul that is eternal and will live forever.
From that moment until now, man has been dependent solely on God for his existence. C.H. Spurgeon aptly put it, “For man breathes not independently, but borrows the breath in his nostrils from his Maker.” Acts 17:28a says, “For in him we live, and move, and have our being…” We were created for God’s pleasure and not our own (Revelation 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created).
Genesis 2:8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
It seems God created the Garden of Eden especially for Adam (the Hebrew word for “man”). God’s original intent was for Adam “to dress” and “to keep” the Garden (Genesis 2:15). Even before the Fall of man, God ordained that man should work. A Christian man who will not work is worse than an unsaved man (1 Timothy 5:8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel).
But of all His perfect creations, God found something lacking in man. Man was alone (Genesis 2:18), so, in His great wisdom, God created a help meet for Adam.
The story of God creating Eve is a familiar one. “And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof.” Did God close Adam’s flesh to keep him from bleeding to death? This is the first indication of “For the life of the flesh is in the blood…” Leviticus 17:11a). “And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man” (Genesis. 2:22). Thus, the first family was created (Genesis. 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh). God intends for a young man to leave his family one day, marry, and have a family.
Of interesting note: It was Adam, and not God, who gave the woman the name “Eve” (Genesis 3:20 And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living). “Eve” comes from the Hebrew word Chavah, which means “living”.
The woman was made for the man, and not the other way around (1 Corinthians 11:8,9 For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man). When this order is not kept, chaos will ensue, and sin is enlarged.
Back to Genesis 1.
Vs 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
As He had done with the aquatic creatures and the winged fowl (Genesis 1:22), God blessed Adam and Eve and told them to “Be fruitful, and multiply.” They also were instructed to “replenish the earth,” “subdue it,” and “have dominion over” all living things.
Some have tried to use the phrase “replenish the earth” to prove the earth had already been populated at one time, and those people had been destroyed because they had followed Lucifer (cross reference Isaiah 14:12). This plays into the already mentioned Gap Theory (See I LOVE TO TELL THE STORY: THE CREATION STORY – Part 2).
Two things negate this: 1) God would not have seen His Creation as good if sin had already infiltrated it, and 2) the word “replenish” comes from the Hebrew word male’, which means “to fill”. God wanted the whole world to be filled with people (This was one of the factors in God confounding the people’s languages and scattering “them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth” in Genesis 11).
Vs 29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat (food).
God originally intended for man to be a vegetarian. It was not until after the Flood that God told Noah,“Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things” (Genesis 9:3). At that time man became a omnivore (one that eats both plants and animals for food).
Vs 30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
Like man, the animals at Creation were plant-eaters because death did not come until Adam’s sin (Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin…). God, in His omniscience, knew this. He created the animals, whose progeny would become carnivores, with teeth and digestive systems that could digest meat.
Vs 31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
Up until this point, God’s Creation had been “good.” Now, God looked at everything He had made and it was “very good”.
Of interesting note: Each time the Bible notes, “It was good” or “It was very good,” it proves evolution is a myth. If God believed that all He created or spoke into being as good at its time of creation, nothing had to evolve to become good.
Of interesting note: The Creation account always refers to a day as “the evening and the morning,” rather than the standard society holds, “day and night.” Jews follow this evening and morning time frame to this day. Their day starts at sunset and finishes the next day at sunset.
Genesis 2:1-3 The Seventh Day of Creation
Vs 1-3 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
The great God of the universe did not rest because He was tired (Isaiah 40:28a Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary…). Instead, God wanted to show that one day should be set apart each week to rest (Exodus 20:9-11 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it). This example was given thousands of years before the Law demanded it.
Creation truly was God’s handiwork. Only One as mighty and majestic as He could have accomplished it. If “the heavens declare the glory of God,” shouldn’t we? (Psalm 19:1)
Start from the beginning: I LOVE TO TELL THE STORY: THE CREATION STORY – Part 1
*Feel free to use any of the above for your study or teaching, but please give due credit. If you are a Sunday school teacher and would like the lesson plan for Creation (Juniors or Primaries) with accompanying songs and verses, please send me a message. I’d love to share!