Monday, July 18, 2016

Creation Day 6: God Speaks

29 And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. 30 Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. 31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
Genesis 1:29-31, NKJV

Creation Day 6: God Speaks

Before Genesis 1 ends its commentary of the 6th day of creation, we have this marvelous commentary by God to Adam, the man He created. God points out that every herb that yields seed and every tree whose fruit yields seed has been given to man for food. Also, every beast of the earth and every bird of the air--all things that creep on the earth in which there is life, also have been given every green herb for food.

What is the significance of this commentary by God to Adam? In the beginning, when God created the earth, the only food supplied to creatures and to humans was from the plant kingdoms. In other words, man and all animals were herbivores. The significance of this will be made more clear as we continue through the book of Genesis, for that is certainly not the case today. 

What we see at the end of Genesis 1 is the perfect world that God created. Beasts did not need to war among each other, for none feared one another. All living creatures ate from the plant kingdom. None killed another creature for food. Man did not kill the beasts of the earth for food or clothing.

Indeed, had man not sinned, this is the world in which we would live today. But, of course, that is not what happened, as we shall see in the next few chapters of the book of Genesis. All of this is difficult for us to imagine, for we do not live in a perfect world. The world God originally created knew nothing of illness or disease. In all of the kingdoms God had created: plant, animal, and man, everything co-existed perfectly.

We cannot even imagine that beautiful earth. We are so accustomed to seeing disease among the plant and animal kingdoms, as well as disease and illness in the lives of men, women, and children, that we think of them as normal life. However, in God's original creation, there was nothing normal about the diseases which are common in our day.

Will the earth ever return to this state of perfection? Our understanding is that this earth will never return to its original state of perfection. When Christ returns and time ceases to exist, all men will be judged. After the judgment, those who have been destined to an eternal life with God will live in God's new earth. For God will destroy this earth and create a new heaven and a new earth which will again exist in utter perfection.

What will we do on this new earth? That is a discussion that must wait, for we can, at best, only conjecture what it will be like. We do know, however, that all tears and sadness will have passed away. Not one of us will have any complaints about God's new creation. I think we will be simply overwhelmed by God's grace and goodness that He would create a world of such magnificent beauty for man's enjoyment and for God's glory.

Let us go, this day, in the strength and glory of God remembering that what is normal to us, today, will soon pass away. All things, then, will be new--and perfect!

What an amazing God we serve.

God Bless You,
Linda

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