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“Let the earth bring forth the living creature…”

June 22, 2013

Genesis 1:24-25

24 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so. 25 And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

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The last post on Creation dealt with the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, those principles apply exactly the same as they do for the ‘best of the earth’ in this passage. So I wanted to focus on a very controversial topic when it comes to creation, and that is Dinosaurs. Common theory is that Dinosaurs are millions of years old, lets take a look at that.

Not all translations of the Bible obviously say this wording but several do, that ” God made the best of the earth”. In order to say the author of Genesis (Moses) was referring these ‘Beasts’ as dinosaurs would be a stretch. But we also cannot totally rule that out either.

When the book of Genesis was written the word dinosaur had not been invented yet. We have to assume that their vocabulary was not as complex and specific as we are today. According to Answers in Genesis, a British scientist by the name of Dr. Richard Owens first coined the word ‘Dinosauria’ around 1841, which meant ‘terrible lizard’.  This happened after scientist had discovered 9 separate types of differing teeth and bones. Here we see that it would be difficult to list dinosaurs in the Bible thousands of years ago…the word did not exist yet. It also would be pointless and exhausting to list the thousands of different kinds of animals that God created on this sixth day of creation.

This verse tells us that God created all land animals on this day, dinosaurs were land animals (sea and air also) and therefore would have been created alongside the other animals, fully functioning and living in peace amongst the other animals, as their was no sin or wickedness in Creation, yet.

Dinosaurs are not the highlight of the Bible. Jesus Christ is the highlight, and therefore there is not a ton of evidence to prove dinosaurs lived amongst men. But included with the above verse we do have a small nugget in the book of Job.

Job 40:15-24 describes a beast, called a ‘behemoth’, eats grass like an ox, has strength in his hips, tail like a cedar, bones like beams of bronze, ribs like bars of iron,

“only He who made him can bring near His sword. Surely the mountains yield food for him…the river may rage, Yet he is not disturbed…”.

This is obviously a great beast, use your imagination and think what type of animal this fits.

God is the author and finisher of life. May He grant all of us understanding as we grow in the knowledge of Him. And may God alone be the focus of our Praise and Worship. We can enjoy, and marvel at His beautiful creation.

But the creator is to be worshiped, not the created.

 Thank you to Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis. For complete article on this subject, click.

Entire Creation Series

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6 Comments
  1. matthewglennwilliams permalink

    This wins the award for the most ridiculous piece of bloated garbage I’ve read all year. Congrats!

    • My first award all year! Thank you and God Bless you!

      • matthewglennwilliams permalink

        And Odin bless you.

      • Thank You Mr. Williams.

        So what part of my post did you think was so bloated as garbage? And you cant say the whole thing, give me specifics…thanks bud

  2. Mike Sands permalink

    Amen brother K. I’m really enjoying this series.

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