Monday, May 23, 2005

Genesis 1:20-21

Genesis 1:20-21: 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.” And 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 continues His creation work filling the earth with creatures, the air with birds, and the water with fish. Lambs, bovine, and other animals will provide sustenance to humankind later. Fish will do likewise and even the birds of the air. However, descendants of these early-created creatures will play many other significant roles in history. The lamb becomes the symbol of sacrifice to God. The dove becomes the symbol of peace and covenant with God. The fish becomes not only a vehicle used in miracles by God but also the very ‘code picture’ for indicating one’s allegiance to the Son of God throughout history.[1]
[1] Many use the outline of a fish or “ichthys” as a symbol today to indicate their faith as Christians. We believe that early Christians used this secretly to communicate with each other as to who was a follower of Christ or to mark a secret location as to where a house worship meeting might occur.

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