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Adam Names the Animals

Then the LORD God brought all the cattle, every beast of the field, and every bird of the air to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever name that Adam gave each of the living creatures, that became its name. Now all the creatures the LORD God had created had their mate; but for Adam, no suitable helper was found.
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Scripture reference: Genesis 2:18—20

God placed Adam in the garden to work and keep it and provided him with everything he needed to survive and thrive there. One of Adam’s jobs as keeper of the garden was to name all of the animals that God had made. 

Can you believe that? The creator of the entire universe and everything in it not only allows His own creation to have creative naming power over the animals, but he brings the animals to him. In this way, Adam’s creativity mirrors or images God’s creativity; God demonstrates how He wants Adam to tend the garden, the animals, and every living creature with authority. And by naming the animals, Adam has a personal relationship with them. He knows them by name, just as God knows His people by name.

 

And by naming the animals, Adam has a personal relationship with them.

He knows them by name, just as God knows His people by name.

Through this act of naming, it becomes apparent to Adam that there was no suitable helper for him. As he named each creature, it was obvious that each species was created male and female. But God had a plan for Adam...

Our Response

TAs humans, we uniquely image God through our creativity. This is reiterated throughout Scripture as God calls and equips specific people to become artisans, woodworkers, textile makers, painters, builders, and more.

 

For example, God calls Bezalel, the son of Uri, by name and “filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship,” along with Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, in order that they could create all of the needed items for the tabernacle (see Exodus 31 for their call to craftsmanship and Exodus 36–39 to see what they made).
 
God could have named the animals just as He called the light “day” and the darkness “night,” but instead, He allowed Adam to steward creation by the act of naming the animals. In the same way, God could have erected the tabernacle—His own dwelling place among the Israelites in the wilderness—by Himself, but instead He equips His people to do it beautifully and with excellence.

We can thank the Lord for the creativity that He has given to us and to others, acknowledging that this is a powerful and beautiful way that we image Him and care for the world He has placed us in.

We may not be able to answer the question why God placed the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the garden in the first place, but we can trust that God has given us the solution in Jesus Christ, and it remains true for us now and forever.

As humans, we uniquely image God through our creativity.

This is reiterated throughout Scripture as God calls and equips specific people to become

artisans, woodworkers, textile makers, painters, builders, and more.

A Prayer for This Week

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for all of creation and mankind’s ability to care for it. You have blessed us with life, and everything we need to survive—and even more amazingly, You have helped us steward this world in which we live to make it both personal and beautiful. Thank you for artists, all of those who craft and build, and everyone who uses their skills to make this world reflect Your beauty. We pray for help as we endeavor to serve You in all that we do. In Jesus’s name we pray. Amen.

Creation Day 6, Part 5

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