Wild Animals?

Posted on August 12, 2011

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Gen 1:24 NIV1984
And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so.

This passage in Genesis is detailing the sixth day of creation, just prior to the creation of man. God was still in the process of preparing the perfect place to place His most special creation, mankind.

So, what about the “wild” animals? Did God place Adam and Eve into the equivalent of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, where bloodshed and death are the norm, or did He place them into a perfect creation? The Bible answers this question.

Gen 1:31 NKJV
Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

If everything that God had made was very good, then by God’s standard that must mean perfect. Death, pain, bloodshed, and disease would have no place in a perfect world. We know that there was not any death or bloodshed among even the animals, for they were all vegetarian.

Gen 1:30
Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so.

The animals had no need to hunt each other, because they were designed to eat the vegetation. Also, the Bible tells us that animals didn’t even fear man, until after the flood.

Gen 9:2
And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every beast of the earth, on every bird of the air, on all that move on the earth, and on all the fish of the sea. They are given into your hand.

So there were, actually, no “wild” animals before the fall of man. In fact most mainstream translations don’t even use the term “wild animals.”

The word for animals in the Hebrew text is the word “hay.” This word simply means “living thing, animal, beast,” and is coupled with the Hebrew word “eres,” which means earth. Most translations correctly translate this phrase as “beasts of the earth.” The phrase “wild animals” is incorrect. It paints the picture of an imperfect creation, in which death was a natural part. Neither this specific text nor the Bible as a whole support the idea of an imperfect original creation.

What we know from the Bible, is that God created a perfect universe, free from death. Death was introduced when Adam sinned, and death is both the consequence and the penalty for our sin.

Gen 2:17
but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

Rom 5:12
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—

Rom 6:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Thankfully, God already had a remedy in place for our sin problem. Sin required the payment of death, and God already had this covered. The first thing He did was to kill an animal in order to cover Adam and Eve’s sin.

Gen 3:21
Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.

Notice that God used skin for the covering. There would have been no skin, if God had not shed the blood of an animal. However, God didn’t stop there. Some 4000 years later, He would send Jesus as the perfect sacrifice for our sins.

Heb 9:11-15
11 But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation.
12 Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.
13 For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, 14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
15 And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.

No longer would the blood of animals simply cover our sin, the sacrifice of Jesus would pay our sin debt once and for all.

Rom 6:10
For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.

Salvation is necessary, and there is no way apart from Jesus.

Jn 14:6
Jesus said to him, “ I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Act 4:12
Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

The best news is that God made it easy, all you have to do is accept the gift.

Rom 10:9
that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

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