To pick up where we left off two weeks ago we must read Genesis 1:20-31. Within the walls of this Holy Scripture we discover days five and six of God’s creation. Here’s a breakdown of those days:
Day 5 (vv.20-23)
- All the sea creatures and birds of the sky created
- God blesses them and tells them to, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”
Day 6 (vv.24-31)
- Creatures of the earth created
- Man & woman created in God’s image and likeness
- God tells man and woman to rule over the fish, birds, and creatures of the earth
- God blessed man and woman and tells them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
- God gives every seed-bearing plant and fruit-bearing tree to humans and the beasts of the earth for food
- God sees everything He has made and is very pleased
It’s interesting to note God response to His creation. From the beginning He finds His creation to be good. From day one to day six we hear the phrase, “God saw that it was good.” What does this teach us? The Hebrew word used for good is tob and it encompasses a variety of meanings. Here are some of those meanings pulled from the Word Study Dictionary of the Old Testament:
- Pleasing, fruitful, morally correct, proper, convenient, abundant, and plentiful
So, we see that God’s creation is perfect in every sense. It doesn’t just look good, it functions good according to its purpose. I have a hard time imagining this because of the way sin has tainted our world. It’s just too overwhelming to think of a world without sin. But that is exactly the way our world was originally created. This just goes to show how messed up and distorted the Fall (Genesis 3) made our world. We see why sin is such a big deal to God.
Questions related to day 6:
- What does it mean to be made in the image and likeness of God?
- How does this make us different from the rest of God’s creation?
- What does it teach us if we are made in God’s image and likeness?