Which came first, the chicken or the egg? The answer lies in Genesis 1:21: “So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind.” The chicken came first, as did all other full-grown living creatures, male and female. “And God blessed them, saying, ‘Be fruitful and multiply’” (Genesis 1:22). The fifth day concludes with the sixth day doubling down with more carbon dioxide production. Carbon dioxide is produced by all aerobic organisms (an organism that can survive and grow in an oxygenated environment) when they metabolize carbohydrate and lipids to produce energy by respiration. It is returned to water via the gills of fish and to the air via the lungs of air-breathing land animals, including humans. We all learn this basic principle early in school. You inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. The plants intake the carbon dioxide and release oxygen.
On the sixth day, “God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind” (Genesis 1:25). “Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air” (Genesis 2:19). It is amusing at best to think man could destroy what God created from nothing. From nothing to something, namely earth (“the ground“), comes forth all moving things that breathe. Can man create something new from nothing? No! First you have to get your own dirt. “That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). “For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God” (Hebrews 3:4). Only God can make a “new” thing. Everything man has made or will make comes from what God created in six days. “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out” (1 Timothy 6:7). More on that subject in a later post.
“Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.’ So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:26a, 27). Note the words “Us” and “Our” – meaning Adam (“him“) was made in the “image” and “likeness” of the triune God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), created to live forever as an immortal being. Furthermore, likeness does not mean duplicate (exact copy) because man had the capability (free will) to sin, unlike God, who cannot sin (2 Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 4:15). “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7). Once again that breath of life inhales oxygen, exhales carbon dioxide.
“Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said: ‘This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.’” (Genesis 2:22-23). Eve came from Adam, made from his image and likeness, also an immortal being with free will. “For man is not from woman, but woman from man” (1 Corinthians 11:8).
Once again the Spirit, water and blood bear witness on earth with the creation of mankind (1 John 5:8). “The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life” (Job 33:4). “All in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life” (Genesis 7:22). The amount of water in the human body ranges from 50-75% and “the life of the flesh is in the blood” (Leviticus 17:11). And thus the sixth day concludes with Eve being the bookend of God’s creative power. Adam and Eve had an equal desire to worship their Creator in love and adoration, neither looking at the other as someone to rule over. “And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed” (Genesis 2:25). They were of one mind, one flesh and one spirit as husband and wife destined to live forever.
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NOTE: The preceding excerpt was taken from the book, “God on Climate Change: Worshipping creation instead of the Creator” by Jim Wear (the author of this blog)… available in paperback at Amazon.