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According to Their Kind

Then God said:
GOD: Let the earth produce livestock, creatures that crawl, every beast, and all wildlife according to their kind. And so it happened. God created the beasts of the earth, the cattle, and everything that crawls on the earth, each according to their kind. And God saw that it was good.

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Scripture reference: Genesis 1:24–25

God had already filled the seas and sky on the fifth day with all kinds of fish and birds. Then, on the sixth day, God filled the land with living creatures.
 
We are told that God created “each according to their kind.” This indicates a fundamental order to the creatures that dwell on the earth. Each unique animal is created to carry on their lineage according to their own kind.

Each unique animal is created to carry on their lineage according to their own kind.

God has given us humans the ability to categorize and organize. When we see animals, we can discern the similarities and differences between them and other kinds of animals. This wisdom is pivotal to us being able to steward creation well (more on that next week!). And, because creation is self-propagating, it continues “according to its kind” even without the direct intervention of humans.
 
The Lord of all things has created a world in which life thrives. He did not just set things in motion, but He upholds every living thing. The author of Hebrews says that God “upholds the universe by the word of His power.” (Hebrews 1:3b, ESV)

 

 

 

And after all of the land animals had been created, God looked on all that He had created and called it “good.” The birds, the animals, the fish, the plants, the rivers and seas—it was all good. Can you imagine our world, but perfect? How incredible would it be to see creation that is not marred by sin?

[God] upholds the universe by the word of His power. — Hebrews 1:3b

Each unique animal is created to carry on their lineage according to their own kind.

Our Response

 

As we think of the creativity and majesty of God displayed in creation, it is important to remember that today we experience this creation imperfectly. Because we live after the fall of humanity, we experience the effects of sin shown in creation, and even in our own bodies. But this is not how it will be forever. When Jesus returns, He will make all things new and restore what has been broken.
 
The prophet Isaiah has a beautiful prophecy of this future home for those who believe in Christ. And, incredibly, animals are included in the vision for a perfected world when Jesus returns:

“But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.” —Mark 13:24–27

Be encouraged. When Jesus returns, those who believe in the Lord will live with Him for all eternity. It will not just be good—it will be perfect.

When Jesus returns, those who believe in the Lord will live with Him for all eternity.

It will not just be good—it will be perfect.

A Prayer for This Week

Most merciful Father, You have shown us through Your Word that Your purposes for the universe are perfect. You brought the lights in the heavens into being, and ordered days, seasons, months, and years by their light. Help us to remember that your Word given in the Scriptures shows us both promise and fulfillment through signs in the heavens, and help us to trust You, even in adversity. We love You and honor You; we look forward to Your second coming. In Jesus’s name we pray, Amen.

Creation Day 6, Part 1

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