20 Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.” 21 So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 So the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
Genesis 1:20-23, NKJV
Creation Day 5: Sea Creatures and Birds
On the fifth day of creation God created all of the creatures that live in the sea as well as the birds that fly in the air. Each creature was created according to their own kind with the ability to reproduce. They were specifically given the command by God, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth."
This is the first example of God giving a commandment to His creation. Please note that the phrase "according to their kind" is significant. They did not morph into a different creature through some sort of evolution, but rather, they reproduced after their own kind.
Why has evolution taken such a strong hold in our world today? The difficulty with man is that He just does not comprehend God. Man believes that he is the ultimate creation. He even places God beneath him. Because he cannot comprehend the ability of God to create by just speaking, man has devised his own theory of how all living creatures came to be.
Just imagine how the world now looked on day 5. Grasses, trees, shrubbery, and flowers dotted the landscape. The oceans rolled upon the dry land. Now, the oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams teemed with all types of fish and creatures, from the tiniest of cells to the great whales. The formerly silent earth now has burst forth in song as the birds find trees for their habitation and sing their songs of glory to the Lord. One has only to awake early in the morning to hear the birds greet each new day to imagine the glorious sounds they produced on the fifth day of creation.
I cannot help but think of the words of Matthew 6:25-27.
25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
From the day God created these creatures, He ordered their lives providing food and shelter. They can neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet God feeds them.
How much more, then, should we faithfully trust our heavenly Father's care over us. Our worry can not add one cubit to our stature, nor one day to our lives. Our lives are safely nested in our Father's hands.
So, as we think of Creation Day 5, and consider the birds of the air. Let us rest all of our cares upon this same, wondrous God.
God Bless You,