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Comment concerning: Genesis Contradictions?
From: Peggy L.
I have searched and searched and have failed to find that God named each creation as it was created – He gave that job to Adam. He is God – who is to say that God was finished when He made mankind. These were just the FIRST.
Peggy thank you for being such a faithful follower of Creation Revolution’s Facebook page. We truly appreciate your prayers and support.
Indeed you are correct in that God did not name each creation. However, you may possibly be not completely correct in stating that Adam had that job. Allow me to explain.
Let’s carefully read Genesis 2:19-20:
Now out of the ground the LORD God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field.
Note that it does not say that Adam named EVERY animal. He only named the beasts of the field, livestock and birds. The term ‘beasts of the field” is used elsewhere in Scripture and generally refers to those animals that live on the open plains. It would have included animals such as wild asses (Psalm 104:11), dragons and owls (Isaiah 43:20), animals that prey on sheep (Ezekiel 34:8), a number of carnivores (Ezekiel 39:17) and animals that move into the area when man moves away (Exodus 23:29).
The term ‘beasts of the field’ seems to refer more to a habitat than to a particular type or group of animals. In which case, it would have excluded animals that lived in other habitats such as deserts, jungles, forests, mountains, swamps, etc.
The term livestock, also translated cattle in some versions, refers to animals that can be domesticated. It would have included cattle, horses, sheep, goats, dogs, camels, etc.
One thing to keep in mind is that when God created the animals, He created them according to their kind. He probably only created one cattle kind, one horse kind, one dog kind and so on. Each of these original created kinds would have had a tremendous amount of genetic variation in them which eventually gave rise to the various different types we see today and in the fossil record.
The same holds true for the beasts of the field and the birds. Adam didn’t have to name the thousands of different bird species we know of today, but probably less than 200 different bird kinds, perhaps similar to the 167 bird families in modern classification.
Now for the matter of God naming His creation. In fact God did name 5 things during His creation, not every part of his creation. And many Christians may not realize the importance of God naming these 5 things.
So what are they and why is it important?
1. Day – Gen. 1:5. Defined as the hours of daylight.
2. Night – Gen. 1:5. Defined as the hours between sundown and sun up.
3. Heaven – Gen. 1:8. Defined as the earth’s atmosphere and outer space.
4. Earth – Gen. 1:10. Defined as solid land surface.
5. Seas – Gen. 1:10. Defined as all large bodies of water.
Basically, these 5 things that God named encompass everything within the physical universe and the physical laws that we know of today that govern everything in the universe.
The importance of God naming these things is that He was establishing a covenant to uphold his Creation and physical laws that govern them. This is something the Hebrew people understood from the time of Adam to today. This is very significant in that God has a covenant with day and night to come at their appointed time from Day 1. This is an important theological issue concerning the age of the earth and biblical accuracy. For a more complete explanation of this, please see: God’s Covenant With Day And Night.
I pray this helps to answer your question and again thank you for your faithfulness in following Creation Revolution.