Creation, Day Five

Now the earth was ready for the air breathers. After four days of creation, God created the air breathers. Everything that is a alive uses air; while plants use air, taking in oxygen during the night and changing carbon dioxide to oxygen during the day, almost all air breathers take in oxygen with lungs or gills and expel carbon dioxide. Each fulfills the others’ need.

Air Breathers

From the largest of them, like a great whale to the tiniest of them like an insect, they are the air breathers on earth, which were created by God.

Notice Genesis 2:19:

Gen. 2:19 Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name.

“Out of the ground...” Where did we hear the term “out of the ground” before? Is it not the way God formed Adam? Notice that God formed every animal from the ground not just some of them. After forming all the fauna, God asked Adam to give them names.

Gen. 1:20 ¶ 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.”
Gen. 1:24 | 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.

Genesis 2:19 gives further explanation to Genesis 1:20 and Genesis 1:24; the latter explains that God commanded the earth to bring forth the fauna, and the former explains how God used the earth to form the fauna. The Bible explains what most don't think about, how God actually formed the fauna.

Most people have been taught to think that the animals were formed by evolution; the Bible says something entirely differently. Why is that? It is a long story; briefly, abuses in the church made some people wonder whether the church was true or even good. Some intelligent people sought answers outside the church and looked to observation and experimentation – you know, science. Part of their interest was to know the world from a non-church viewpoint; the other was just curiosity. There was antagonism toward the church, and these early scientists wanted to disprove the authority of the Church. However, that was only part of their scheme. As time went on, they became further dedicated to disproving the doctrines of the Church and also of the Bible. If they could disprove the Bible, they could replace religion with science. Today, science, pretty much holds sway; and the people who believe the Bible are considered either a very ignorant or they have ulterior motives. In any case, those who would rather believe what the Bible says instead of what science says they discovered, are either ignored, or castigated.

Without going into detail, the Bible has successfully proved itself true historically and in other powerful ways such as the causes and effects due to a person’s righteousness or sinfulness. Besides, just as Abraham looked into the night sky and saw the results of a creation, we too can discern God’s power and love by observing the creation.

The amazing creation of fauna usually does not enter our consciousness, for they are just there. Out of the ground, God made them. And even then He brought them to man, and asked man to name them. Adam complied and gave the creatures names.

Gen. 2:19 Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name.

God did not name them, man did. God gave man authority over flora and fauna, and God, therefore, allowed man to give names to the creatures that he was in charge of.

Gen. 1:20 ¶ 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.”

First God commanded the waters to be filled with “living creatures,” fish, mammals and crustaceans. Then God commanded the earth to bring forth the fauna on the planet. Here we have a kind of sub topic concerning the creation. Instead of specifically creating sea and land creatures God commanded the sea and the earth to bring forth these creatures.

Notice that God gave the birds the open expanse of the heavens to fly in. This is important because it uses the word expanse again. Remember that the word for expanse in the Hebrew is raqia, which has the sense of layers. The layer closest to the earth or the ground is the troposphere wherein exists all the weather (with one possible exception the top of an extremely high thunderstorm which can rise into the stratosphere). The troposphere, as well, contains most all the air, including oxygen and a heat rising from the land heated by the sun when the infrared rays strike the Earth. The temperature, further, changes about two or so degrees per thousand feet mostly to the decreasing density of the atmosphere the higher you go, de-pending upon certain conditions of moisture and so forth. The layer above the troposphere is the stratosphere, as mentioned above, which is a discrete layer, which does not interact with the troposphere. What belongs in this troposphere stays in the troposphere, and what belongs in the stratosphere stays in the stratosphere.

The birds, generally, fly in a very low level of the troposphere, seldom reaching more than a few thousand feet for the high flyers, mostly between the ground and several hundred feet for the rest of the birds. The denser the air, which is closer to the ground, the easier it is for the birds to stay aloft. Besides, depending on the time of day, oxygen is required from eight to twelve thousand feet.

Gen. 1:21 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.

After God created the fish and birds, He made the great sea monsters, which could be sharks, whales, octopods (octopuses) and who knows what lurks at the bottom of the sea unknown to man and all the land air breathers. Further, God intended that all living flora and fauna would breed after its kind, whereas, today, science is combining genetic parts of various plants and animals to form new species. At some point, scientists might combine human chromosomes with horses’ and create a satyr, again (?). Perhaps, science will combine pig chromosomes with wheat; and what will Jews and Christians do about not eating unclean foods. Will the FDA demand labels show what the food contains, vis a vis gene splitting?

It is important to reiterate that the organisms were to reproduce after their kind. Even Mendel, when he experimented with fruit flies, stayed within the species. Similar modifications are done with dogs and horses while still staying within the species (after their kind). What is the long-term effect, of genetically modified, outside the species, of plants or organisms? Some websites, rightly or wrongly, claim that antediluvian creatures were created by either angels or angels and humans mating together; they cite the Naftali as an example. In any case, gene splitting is at least a slippery slope; at worst a profound danger.

To reiterate, God created the flora and fauna after their kind. Only the species after their kind, not the suggested inter-species creations that might have been created, came into the ark.

Gen. 7:13 | On the very same day Noah and Shem and Ham and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark,
Gen. 7:14 they and every beast after its kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, all sorts of birds.

God reiterates that He gave man authority over the earth, the flora and fauna. We know this particularly well with pets, although the cats seems to have an affinity for some self-reliance, and with animal trainers, who make the lions and tigers obedient to them. God gave man authority over the animals. It seems strange does it not to have many peoples and religions on earth bow down and worship animals giving them the authority God gave to man. The Bible talks about man worshiping the created creature instead of the Creator.

Gen. 9:2 “The fear of you and the terror of you will be on every beast of the earth and on every bird of the sky; with everything that creeps on the ground, and all the fish of the sea, into your hand they are given.

A hundred years ago, or so, people understood that certain animals were a little bit, shall we say, dirty like the pig. Apparently, God did not make the pig for food. (There are websites that you can find that will give you an appreciation of the physical nature of sir pig.)

Deut. 14:11 ¶ “You may eat any clean bird.
Lev. 11:13 ¶ ‘These, moreover, you shall detest among the birds; they are abhorrent, not to be eaten: the eagle and the vulture and the buzzard,
Lev. 11:6 the rabbit also, for though it chews cud, it does not divide the hoof, it is unclean to you;
Lev. 11:7 and the pig, for though it divides the hoof, thus making a split hoof, it does not chew cud, it is unclean to you.
Lev. 11:8 “You shall not eat of their flesh nor touch their carcasses; they are unclean to you.

While some people insist that God gave a list of unclean animals be-cause He wanted to test man, the fact is these animals were not meant to be food. It is not a question of faith but of taste.

As far as the fish are concerned, God made the fish with fins and scales as food. The others tend to be bottom feeders that tend to relish waste products. Moreover, you are what you eat; so these fish are not particularly good for us to eat because these fish eat things we would not eat. The carrion birds, as another example, eat dead animals’ flesh; while that helps to keep the environment clean, we do not need to eat natures’ sanitation trucks.

Lev. 11:13 ¶ ‘These, moreover, you shall detest among the birds; they are abhorrent, not to be eaten: the eagle and the vulture and the buzzard,

As an aside, cooking unclean animals or fish a longer period of time to kill trichinosis and so forth does not remove the vermin from the food; they just become dead vermin, ugh!

We ought to prefer to eat the animals that God created for us to eat as noted in his Word. But, there is no accounting for taste. De gustibus non est disputandem.

Gen. 1:21 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.

Gen. 1:22 God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”

It is a blessing to be fruitful and multiply.

Gen. 1:23 There was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.

This part of the creation again was a 24-hour period, in which God created all of these creatures on the fifth day. Next comes man.

Let us look a little bit at praising the Lord for the creation.

Acts 17:25 nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things;

God created life on this planet and us, which included the food that we get from the plants and the animals He designated as clean, the oxygen in the air that is recycled by the algae in the sea, for the most part (around 75% of carbon dioxide is changed to oxygen by algae), the rest of the recycling takes place by plants indigenous to the earth. Notice, that God first created the flora in part to provide oxygen for living creatures that He created later. He could not create the animals first because they would have neither food nor oxygen to live because He needed a recycling system first. Obviously, the animals (fish and birds, as well) are air breathers and they need oxygen to live. That is how God provides life by oxygen, water, and food.

While God gave man authority over the flora and fauna, these have come from God and are God’s. Therefore, we are responsible to God for taking care of His flora and fauna.

Psa. 50:10 “For every beast of the forest is Mine,
The cattle on a thousand hills.
Psa. 50:11 “I know every bird of the mountains,
And everything that moves in the field is Mine.

We further praise God:

Psa. 50:12 “If I were hungry I would not tell you,
For the world is Mine, and all it contains.

Psa. 148:5 Let them praise the name of the LORD,
For He commanded and they were created.

He created the earth and all that is in and on it. He commanded the waters to bring forth life and the earth to form the animals.

Psa. 148:6 He has also established them forever and ever;
He has made a decree which will not pass away.

Psa. 148:7 Praise the LORD from the earth,
Sea monsters and all deeps;
Psa. 148:8 Fire and hail, snow and clouds;
Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;
Psa. 148:9 Mountains and all hills;
Fruit trees and all cedars;
Psa. 148:10 Beasts and all cattle;
Creeping things and winged fowl;

They praise the Lord for the creation. Mankind, on the other hand, tries to prove that God really did not create all this, if there is a God. They also think that the creation happened by happenstance, evolution, and other ways they have not yet discovered. For them it is not necessary to praise the Lord for the creation because the creation happened by the Big Bang with all kinds of accidents and events over a period of billions of years. However, those who know, those who God inspired by His Word, who truly believe and know that He, God, is the Creator, praise Him.

The plants and animals attest to God’s glory by mute praise. The rose extols God by its showing off its amazing beauty. The lion’s roar reminds us of God’s power He invested in the beast. So the flora and fauna praise God in their way with their language. Do they know from who created them? Can they know the truth of their beginnings? Whether or not, their grandeur attests to their origin and proves that God does exist.

Psa. 104:1 Bless the LORD, O my soul!
O LORD my God, You are very great;
You are clothed with splendor and majesty,
Psa. 104:2 Covering Yourself with light as with a cloak,
Stretching out heaven like a tent curtain.
Psa. 104:3 He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters;
He makes the clouds His chariot;
He walks upon the wings of the wind;
Psa. 104:4 He makes the winds His messengers,
Flaming fire His ministers.
Psa. 104:5 | He established the earth upon its foundations,
So that it will not totter forever and ever.
Psa. 104:6 You covered it with the deep as with a garment;
The waters were standing above the mountains.
Psa. 104:7 At Your rebuke they fled,
At the sound of Your thunder they hurried away.
Psa. 104:8 The mountains rose; the valleys sank down
To the place which You established for them.
Psa. 104:9 You set a boundary that they may not pass over,
So that they will not return to cover the earth.
Psa. 104:10 He sends forth springs in the valleys;
They flow between the mountains;
Psa. 104:11 They give drink to every beast of the field;
The wild donkeys quench their thirst.
Psa. 104:12 Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell;
They lift up their voices among the branches.
Psa. 104:13 He waters the mountains from His upper chambers;
The earth is satisfied with the fruit of His works.
Psa. 104:14 He causes the grass to grow for the cattle,
And vegetation for the labor of man,
So that he may bring forth food from the earth,
Psa. 104:15 And wine which makes man’s heart glad,
So that he may make his face glisten with oil,
And food which sustains man’s heart.
Psa. 104:16 The trees of the LORD drink their fill,
The cedars of Lebanon which He planted,
Psa. 104:17 Where the birds build their nests,
And the stork, whose home is the fir trees.
Psa. 104:18 The high mountains are for the wild goats;
The cliffs are a refuge for the shephanim.
Psa. 104:19 He made the moon for the seasons;
The sun knows the place of its setting.
Psa. 104:20 You appoint darkness and it becomes night,
In which all the beasts of the forest prowl about.
Psa. 104:21 The young lions roar after their prey
And seek their food from God.
Psa. 104:22 When the sun rises they withdraw
And lie down in their dens.
Psa. 104:23 Man goes forth to his work
And to his labor until evening.
Psa. 104:24 O LORD, how many are Your works!
In wisdom You have made them all;
The earth is full of Your possessions.

We are take care of our dog, Daisy, but we know that Daisy is a gift from God. He has given it to us to take care of and we have the pet as part of the family but it is not our dog; she belongs to God for God created her and gives us authority over it; she surely gives us pleasure as God intended.

God has made a tremendous creation and we have learned about this creation from the biblical point of view. It is amazing to see the world through the eyes of God and learn to praise Him for the creation we have learned so much about.


Gil Kovacs, Pastor