This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series Genesis



Genesis 1:24-25   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.  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.”

“…after his kind…”  Again, God makes it clear that He intended for the animals to stay within their species.    This is emphasized over and over again.  It had to be of especially important priority for God to repeat this often.

GOD WAS NOT SATISFIED WITH JUST CREATING ONE MAN.  He planned, all along for there to be two.  He also planned for them to multiply.  “…let them have dominion…”

Ps 8:6  Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:”

GOD PLANNED AHEAD FOR OUR NEEDS–EVEN BEFORE HE CREATED THE HEAVENS AND EARTH.  Eph 1:4  According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:”


Genesis 1:29-30 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.  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.”


“…for meat…”

0402 הלכא ‘oklah ok-law’

AV-meat 8, devour 3, fuel 3, eat 2, consume 1, food 1; 18

1) food
1a) food, eating
1b) object of devouring, consuming
1b1) by wild beasts (figurative)
1b2) in fire
1b3) of judgment (figurative)

Only after the Flood were animals eaten for food.  Genesis 9:3 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.”

IS IT WRONG TO EAT MEAT TODAY ?  No !   Acts 11:5-9  I was in the city of Joppa praying: and in a trance I saw a vision, A certain vessel descend, as it had been a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came even to me: Upon the which when I had fastened mine eyes, I considered, and saw fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.  And I heard a voice saying unto me, Arise, Peter; slay and eat.  But I said, Not so, Lord: for nothing common or unclean hath at any time entered into my mouth.  But the voice answered me again from heaven, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.”

It is not used to describe only meat of an animal, as western people tend to use it.  (Westerners tend to divide foods into “meat” or “vegetable” categories).

Evolutionists assume that these early animals were carnivorous from the beginning.  This is not so according to archeological discoveries.  Mammoths have been found in Alaska and Siberia that had been flash-frozen, and in their stomachs was only vegetable materials.

The objection to this is that mammoths had long tusks which could have been used t attack and eat other animals.  Even the saber toothed tiger has been found with only vegetation in his stomach.

Just as man has the potential to use his limbs as weapons, animals were made by God with optional weapons, as well.  Animals have choices as to what they will do with what they have.  Keep in mind, it is the individual’s choice as to how a God-given part is used, whether for right, or for wrong.  There is always the potential for evil, but not necessarily the desire to do it.

This issue is a matter of choice.  Animals, as well as mankind were affected by the ability to do right or wrong.  It is a matter of choice for them and us.  Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

GOD GIVES US CHOICES.  USING WHAT WE HAVE, WE MAKE THEM.  John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”



Genesis 9:6 Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.”  1 Thessalonians 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”


…FROM DUST.   Genesis 2:7 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 soul.”  Ecclesiastes 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.”

WE SHOULD DESIRE TO BE IN CHRIST’S LIKENESS !    Psalms 17:15 As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.”  Genesis 2:7  “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 soul.”

“And the LORD <03068> God <0430> formed <03335>”

03335 יצר yatsar yaw-tsar’

probably identical with 03334 (through the squeezing into shape), ([compare 03331]); v; {See TWOT on 898}

AV-form 26, potter 17, fashion 5, maker 4, frame 3, make 3, former 2, earthen 1, purposed 1; 62

***God did not “speak” to make man the way He made the world.  Instead, there was a very personal touch.  He “shaped” man from the dust of the earth.

(8799) man

0120 אדם ‘adam aw-dawm’

from 0119; n m; {See TWOT on 25 @@ “25a”}

AV-man 408, men 121, Adam 13, person( s) 8, common sort + 07230 1, hypocrite 1; 552

1) man, mankind

Adam was not given another name.  In his name we see the entire DNA of future generations.

<0120> of the dust <06083> of <04480> the ground <0127>

06083 רפע ‘aphar aw-fawr’

from 06080; n m; {See TWOT on 1664 @@ “1664a”}

AV-dust 93, earth 7, powder 3, rubbish 2, ashes 2, morter 2, ground 1; 110

1) dry earth, dust, powder, ashes, earth, ground, mortar, rubbish
1a) dry or loose earth
1b) debris
1c) mortar
1d) ore


0127 המדא ‘adamah ad-aw-maw’

from 0119; n f; {See TWOT on 25 @@ “25b”}

AV-land(s) 125, earth 53, ground 43, country 1, husbandman 2, husbandry 1; 225

1) ground, land
1a) ground (as general, tilled, yielding sustenance)
1b) piece of ground, a specific plot of land
1c) earth substance (for building or constructing)
1d) ground as earth’s visible surface
1e) land, territory, country
1f) whole inhabited earth
1g) city in Naphtali

and breathed <05301> (8799) into his nostrils <0639>

the breath <05397>

05397 המשׁנ nᵉshamah nesh-aw-maw’

from 05395; n f; {See TWOT on 1433 @@ “1433a”}

AV-breath 17, blast 3, spirit 2, inspiration 1, souls 1; 24

1) breath, spirit
1a) breath (of God)
1b) breath (of man)
1c) every breathing thing
1d) spirit (of man)


of life <02416>;

02416 יח chay khah’- ee

from 02421; ;{ See TWOT on 644 @@ “644a”}

AV-live 197, life 144, beast 76, alive 31, creature 15, running 7, living thing 6, raw 6, misc 19; 501

1) living, alive
1a) green (of vegetation)
1b) flowing, fresh (of water)
1c) lively, active (of man)
1d) reviving (of the springtime)

and man <0120> became a living <02416> soul <05315>.

05315 שׁפנ nephesh neh’- fesh

Soul= from 05314; n f; {See TWOT on 1395 @@ “1395a”}

AV-soul 475, life 117, person 29, mind 15, heart 15, creature 9, body 8, himself 8, yourselves 6, dead 5, will 4, desire 4, man 3, themselves 3, any 3, appetite 2, misc 47; 753

1) soul, self, life, creature, person, appetite, mind, living being
1a) that which breathes, the breathing substance or being, soul, the inner being of man
1b) living being
1c) living being (with life in the blood)
1d) the man himself, self, person or individual

THERE WAS NOTHING WRONG WITH MAN WHEN GOD MADE HIM.  ANY AND ALL CHANGES TOOK PLACE AS A RESULT OF MAN’S CHOICE.   Ecclesiastes 7:29 Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.

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