6. Replenishing the Earth with Fish and Fowl. - Genesis 1:20-23, the Fifth Day.
(V.20). "And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven."
(V.21). "And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good."
(V.22). "And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth."
(V.23). "And the evening and the morning were the fifth day."
Notice in Verse 21 where the word "created" is used. This fifth day marks only the second appearance of this word in the first chapter of Genesis. Remember, "created" is the Hebrew "bara," which means to create something which had no previous existence. This word is never used in the first four days of remodeling the earth for human habitation. Not until this fifth day is God going to create something that had no previous existence.
It is in connection with this appearance of biological life, quite naturally, that the Hebrew "bara" again makes its appearance. It is on this day that the Creator originates all of the many varieties that dwell in the waters AND the entire realm of bird life. by the Holy Spirit's used of the Hebrew "bara," it is evident that no aquatic or bird life ever existed on the original creation. Should there have been, then God would have used the Hebrew "asah" (i,e, English "made") instead of the Hebrew "bara" (i.e., English "created").
Timothy tells us why just exactly the correct Hebrew words are used without a mistake or contradiction.
"For all scripture is given by the inspiration (i.e. God-breathed) of God..." (II Timothy 3:16).
"For the prophecy (i.e., the word of God) came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." (I Peter 1:21).
Prior to the fifth day, vegetation was the only kind of life existing. It becomes apparent to even the casual observer that plants must precede the birds and animals, or there will be no source of food for them. Therefore the seed and edible parts of vegetation have a start on those who are to eat them. Thus, we see the omniscience of God in His renovation of the earth.
7. Insects and Animals Made, Man Created - Genesis 1:24-31, the Sixth Day.
We have, here on the sixth day, a precise distinction of the two Hebrew words, "asah" ("made") and "bara" ("created"). We will examine the verses that deal with these two words.
First, we will look at what God made on this sixth day, that had previously existed on the original creation. Here is the record as found in Genesis 1:24,25.
(V.24). "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."
(V.25). "And God MADE (Hebrew "asah") 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 very good."
A. In introducing God's work on this sixth day, let us make a textual examination concerning the phrase in Verse 24 which states: "Let the earth bring forth." Some evolutionists claim that the approximately 92 elements in the earth are the seed plot from which insects and animal life began to evolve. These evolutionists continually "strain a gnat and swallow a camel!" A typical example of years ago is from the pen of Dr. Edwin O. Jordan in the famous symposium published by sixteen university professors of Chicago, bearing the imposing title, "The Nature of the World and of Man." Here are a couple of their statements.
"While there is little or no cause to believe that spontaneous generation is occurring at the present day, it is reasonable to suppose that some form of microscopic life developed out of the inorganic matter at some previous period in the world's history."
"We naturally have no direct evidence about the origin of bacteria on the earth, but it is quite in line with all of our other knowledge of life development to suppose that at some time in some way, some form of microscopic life developed out of highly organized, but up to that time, inorganic matter."
That is the pseudo-evolutionary philosophy of sixteen university professors that deny the word of God and all they can project is "we suppose." What a joke!
In answer to this asinine philosophy, may I state that, in fact, no growth, no reproduction, no generation, and no quickening of inorganic matter has ever been demonstrated in any field of Science whatsoever.
May God say a word to these evolutionists as found in Psalm 14:1. "The FOOL hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good."
Now, back to the statement in Verse 24, "Let the earth bring forth." This does not imply creative forces in the soil or in any of the physical elements. The 92 elements have been in existence from very first verse in Genesis One, when..."In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."
B. May we recapitulate by quoting Verse 25 once again.
"And God MADE (Hebrew "asah") 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 very good."
Notice carefully that God made the cattle, the beast of the earth and every creeping thing. The Holy Spirit did not use the word create (Hebrew "bara"). Since "bara" means creating something which had no previous existence, whereas "made" (Hebrew "asah") is used as bringing forth something that had previously existed, by the usage of the Hebrew word "asah," the Holy Spirit let us know that these beasts, cattle and all manner of creeping things had previously existed on the original creation. Now God lets us know that these creatures are again going to inhabit the renovated earth where man is going to reside.
All these "young earth" advocates do is talk about going back to the authority of God's word. This is only a smoke screen, evidenced by their refusal to point their followers to the difference between the Hebrew for "created" and "made." Should they believe the original Hebrew text, their "young earth" theory would evaporate. I find that some of your "young earth" speakers have no studies in the Greek or Hebrew. Some won't even tell you what church they attend, let along what their theology is. When I read of their education, it is primarily a secular degree, not a Bible degree of any kind. Yet these same man project themselves as authorities on the Bible. Unbelievable! Their smoke screen is that if you do not agree with their "young earth" philosophy, then you are not standing on the authority of God's Word. This is another one of their lies they want you to accept.
An example of a "young earth" speaker who has joined the staff of "AIG" or Answers in Genesis founded by Ken Ham, is one Mike Riddle. In their newsletter of February 2005, we are informed that Mr. Riddle will be holding special meetings in churches, schools, and workshops in the new AIG facility near Cincinnati, Ohio. Mr. Ham states that Mike will be giving talks on topics such as, "The importance of upholding Biblical authority." What this biblical authority means is (as we have stated before), that if you do not believe in their "young earth" philosophy, then you are not standing on the Word of God.
Now, here are the qualifications of Mike Riddle, who presents himself as a Biblical scholar:
1. He is a former world-class athlete in the Decathlon.
2. He is a dynamic and passionate speaker, with a wealth of experience in Creation ministry. (See note below).
Note: Creation ministry simply means to teach that the earth is only, give or take a few years, 6,000 years old. He totally denies that original creation was beautiful (Isaiah 45:18), then became "without form and void" (Genesis 1:2) as a result of God's judgment because of Lucifer's sin. The earth could have remained in this chaotic condition for thousands, millions, or even billions of years, as we register time, before God remodeled it for human habitation.
3. He is a mathematician with a graduate degree in education.
4. He was a U.S. Marine, rising to the rank of Captain.
5. He became a U.S. national champion in the track and field version of the Pentathlon.
6. Mike worked for many years in the computer field with Microsoft.
This is amazing! This man presents himself as an authority on the Bible and the Creation in Genesis One, yet I find no degrees of any kind concerning the Bible. There are no degrees from any Bible Colleges, no home-study courses, no studies in Hebrew, nothing. This reminds me of the lady who advertised for one of the fast-food chains, and used to scream "Where's the beef?" May we ask the same. Where are the degrees in Biblical studies and theology or etymology, etc.? I hardly think that working for Microsoft concerning computers, running track, being a captain in the Marines, having a degree in Education, an athlete in the decathlon, and having a good reputation as a speaker would be qualifications for anyone to claim themselves as an authority on the Bible. This man has followed the crowd, which cannot even discern the difference between "created" and "made" in Genesis, Chapter One.