This week’s study is a short one which is atypical for me. However, we have a few studies coming up in the near future which will be extensive. I pray this week’s work speaks to you, and encourage you to visit other parts of our page, and please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or comments. May God bless and keep you all.
“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” (Genesis 1:20-23 ESV).
To this point, the only living things that have been created are plants. But here, on day five of God’s wondrous work we see the creation of living breathing creatures. Those which fill the heavens and those which fill the seas. The wonder and beauty of these creatures is often a sight to behold. And yet, it is not the greatest of God’s creations!
Consider first God’s spoken word once again. “And God said”; how often we have viewed this phrase already and yet it still produces awe. That God speaks and the water swarms with life of every imaginable size and shape! That God speaks and birds fly gracefully through the air as though they are not subject to gravity. “And God said”. What our Lord and Creator says comes to pass. We see His command over creation in the account itself and we can take confidence in those things He says. When God says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28 NIV) then we know that we can find rest in Him. We can trust in what God tells us because we know that what God says is always what comes to pass. God did not say “let birds fly above the earth” and then produce not a single bird which flies. Indeed, God said “let birds fly above the earth” and daily we see birds, in the thousands and millions, flying above the earth! Why are they there? “And God said” That is why.
See for yourself just a tiny fraction of God’s creation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1Q-EbX6dso
And so God created all of those creatures which rule the sea, and those which dance on the air. And here we see that phrase again “according to their kinds”. This is God’s design and remains His design to this day. An eagle does not produce a pigeon, nor a hummingbird a crow. Each of these creatures are designed “according to their kind” and each multiplies in like fashion.
And the same can be said for the multitudes of fish in the sea.
And it is to God alone that we can attribute this beautiful array of color and grace! Yet this is not God’s greatest creation.
We must be weary of those ideas which insist anything other than God’s hand in creation. Those who suggest that God created all the substance for what we see and then let evolution take its course, or those who remove Him all together, chanting to nature as though it were a god. The Scripture does not say that God created eggs for some birds and then let nature take over to see what came of it. No! We see here on day five all the birds of creation brought forth in one single instant. God commands and creation springs forth life!
Jesus said, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matthew 6:26 NIV). Though the heavens swarm with birds and the oceans teem with life, they are only backdrops to the purpose of creation!
Note last, God says “Be fruitful and multiply.” God has created all that is before us, but He has also provided a means for which His creation can produce after itself. Birds still only bring forth more birds, but God in His wisdom set things in order so He would not need to make birds or fish or any animal again. He has created each creature as it was meant to be from the beginning. Now I know there are those who want to argue about adaptations in favor of evolution. I will simplify this argument; adaptation and evolution are two different things. It is true that many species in our own lifetimes have made adaptations to their environments. Does this mean God created them imperfect? Of course not! Instead it shows His perfection in their creation all the more. That God made them in such a precise manner that at the exact moment they would need to adapt to something, they adapted. Not a second sooner or later. Only a wondrous God such as mine could do something like that.
And so it is that God completes this fifth day’s work with those words we have become intimately familiar with “and there was evening and there was morning”. Having pressed this argument on several points already, I will make just one here as a reminder to our oft questioning souls. If a “day” in the creation account represents a length of time any longer than a day elsewhere in Scripture, then why does God not tell us of the change? God did not intend for confusion in the account of creation, but rather for clarity. It is for this reason that the term which constitutes a day is repeated over and over; to clarify the matter for us. Do not be fooled by crafty arguments which try to make a case for anything other than what Scripture tells us. Show me an argument that “proves” the world is older than Scripture says, and I’ll show you a host of world renowned scientists who refute it. No, there is no need for confusion here.
MEMORY VERSE FOR THIS WEEK:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3 ESV).