Genesis 1:20-23

September 20, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Posted in Bible Study | Leave a comment
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This week’s Bible study is going to take us through a closer look at the fifth day of Creation. Let’s read the passage of scripture first:

Then God said, “Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of the heavens.” God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind; and God saw that it was good. God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” There was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.

Again we see the Lord focusing on a specific part of the creation and filling it with life. Before we get into the text, there are a couple of terms that we’ve already looked at that we see used here. The first is the word expanse, which we saw in our study of Day 2. If you’ll remember from our study, the expanse includes everything from the land of our planet to the space where the planets, stars, and suns exist. The birds fly above the earth in the expanse of the heavens. Later in the passage, we again see the phrase “after their kind”. Remember that this is an indication that each type of animal was originally made with all of the necessary genetic information for the variety of animals that we see today. As the animals continued to reproduce, the variety increased. Different events split up these animals into smaller groups and helped them continue to diversify, but they are still the same kind of animal.

On Day 5, God fills the waters with living creatures. In verse 21, we see a special kind of sea creature mentioned as being made by God. In verse 21, we see that God created the “great sea monsters”. There are discussions about what kind of monsters these really are. Some hold that they are just whales and other large animals. I believe that this term is used to describe whales, but it’s also meant to include things like giant squid and aquatic dinosaurs. All of these are still considered monsters and definitely fit the term. We know that these monsters existed because of the fossils we have and this is the only day that they could have been created. There is nothing in scripture that would lead us to believe that they weren’t created today.

God also creates the birds after their kind. When this day’s creative efforts were finished, we see that God called the creation good. God then blesses the birds and aquatic animals and calls on them to be fruitful and multiply. He blesses them and commands them to fill the waters while the birds multiply on the earth.  At the end of this passage we see the familiar about evening and morning. For the fifth time, God has given us evidence that these days are supposed to be considered 24 hours. It’s almost as if God wrote it this often and this clear because He knew that so many people would doubt or outright deny the truth of the 6 days of Creation (of course He knew!…)

This ends our look at Day 5 of the creation. If you have any questions, as always, feel free to leave a comment! See you next week for the pinnacle of God’s creation!

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