In Genesis1verses24-31 God creates land animals, and then mankind
Here is what Genesis1verses24-31 say:
And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. 25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. 26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. 29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. 30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. 31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
Comments about other translations:
The meaning seems clear, so no additional translations will be added except to note that in verse26 when God said “Let us make man in our image . . .”, the Amplified says “Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make in Our image . . .”.
Commentary on the meaning:
The Amplified for “Us” and “Our” is the correct meaning. God is One, but God is “three persons" in One. The Hebrew in every place we read “God” in the first few chapters of Genesis is approximately the word Elohim, and that means god, God, or gods – and thus can refer to more than one “person” (such that “us” and “our” in these verses fit).
Notice that on this sixth day, after the land vegetation and the sea and airborne creatures had already been created, God creates both the land animals and mankind. But He makes a distinction between the animals and mankind, and He makes man last of all, as His crowning achievement.
Many people have said that the description of the creation of mankind here is not the same as (and is contradictory to) what is described in Genesis chapter 2.
Are they right?
This website takes the position that there is no contradiction. Here is my understanding on this matter:
Genesis 1 verses 3 through 31 summarize the first six days of creation after the destroyed earth is described in Genesis 1:2. Because God rested on the seventh day and sanctified it, it is considered a seventh day of creation (though it says in the Book of Hebrews in the New Testament that “God’s works were finished” after the six days). Thus, there is another page under the Genesis1 page here that quotes and discusses Genesis 2:1-3.
Starting in verse 4 of Genesis 2, another story is told about the creation of mankind. If you read verses 3 through 25, part of what you learn is that Adam, the first man, was made first, and Eve, the first woman was taken from him. But it does not say when each of those two events happened.
The most logical explanation seems to me to be totally consistent with the rest of the Bible. Genesis 1 is a chronological account – events are presented in the order they happened. In Genesis 2, different facts, and a different perspective for a different purpose is used. Man was created after the animals, but both were created on the sixth day. God brought “all” the animals (or, at least all the basic types or “kinds”, biologically) to Adam, and He let Adam name them. –And He wanted Adam to choose one to be his closest, most compatible partner. Except that God KNEW none of them would be close enough; He had in mind something far better for Adam. And (as usual!) God’s plans and purposes work WAY better than we mortal humans can see!
God wanted Adam to have the perfect companion for him. –One SO compatible that after Adam had seen, liked, but been disappointed in, all the animals, God made Eve OUT OF the same flesh as Adam! –The best “sidekick” possible! (And, as an aside, many people say that mankind is just an advanced mammal. But the Bible makes it clear that the fish, birds, land animals, and MANKIND are made of four different types of flesh. We are NOT animals at all, though there are some similarities, as we share earth-existence.)
Exactly how long God communicated with Adam before Eve was made, we do not know. But it does appear that it could have been several days or longer – and was not within the same day Adam was created. (Theologically, it at least “fits” that on the seventh day – the day after Adam was created, and the day rested on and sanctified, He very likely began to instruct Adam in the way of love – the way he was to live. And that is also supported by the story in Genesis 3, which is not covered on this website, when Satan deceived Eve but Adam was standing there KNOWING better – yet he did not intervene to stop Eve from sinning.)
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