Sunday, May 29, 2005

Genesis 1:23-25

Genesis 1:24-25: Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind”; and it was so. And God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and every thing that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good.

Interestingly, we do not have a record of God speaking directly to the animals at this point. However, we have other scripture that clearly provides records of an animal speaking to God’s ultimate creation, man.[1] This further demonstrates the greater essence of animals over birds and fish. The implication of this is that one can logically ask the question, “How much greater?” In the range of creation from air, water, plant life, birds and fish, to humankind – where exactly do animals fall? Are they closer to birds and fish or to man? And how close are birds and fish to plant life? Which of these categories beside humankind have souls? Students of the Bible cannot determine guaranteed answers to these questions from Scripture to this point.
[1] Numbers 22:28-30

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