Animals and Birds
In Genesis 2:18-20 the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone. I will make him a helper suitable for him.”
Out of the ground, the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. Whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all the livestock, to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam, there was not found a helper suitable for him. M291
What we will notice is that the Lord God (Jesus) formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky from the ground. He did this in like manner to God.
In John 5:19-20 Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do. For whatever He does, likewise, the Son does. For the Father loves the Son and shows Him all things that He Himself does. And He will show Him greater works than these so that you may marvel. M292
Out of the ground, the Lord God (Jesus) formed every beast of the field. We also know that God did the same thing in Genesis 1:24-25 when; God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, and creeping things, and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. So God made the beasts of the earth according to their kind, and the livestock according to their kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. M293
Below is a table based on what God created from the earth in Genesis 1:25 and what Jesus created from the ground in Genesis 2:19.
What we will find missing from the Genesis 1:25 passage is the birds of the sky. Jesus formed the beasts of the field from the ground, and God made the beast of the earth. Jesus formed the birds of the sky from the ground and where did God create the birds?
The answer to that can be found in Genesis 1:20-21.
Then God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures and let the birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of the heavens.” So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters swarmed, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. M296
This table compares where God created the birds and where Jesus formed the birds.
Wasn’t that interesting?
But there are a few more interesting things spoken about in Genesis 2:18-20
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone. I will make him a helper suitable for him.”
Out of the ground, the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. Whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all the livestock, to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam, there was not found a helper suitable for him. M299
Let’s start by reviewing the statement the Lord God made in Genesis 2:18.
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone. I will make him a helper suitable for him.” M300
This is what Jesus said in Genesis 2:15-18 after He placed man in the Garden of Eden.
The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and to keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone. I will make him a helper suitable for him.” M301
I find it funny that after taking the man from where He created him and then placed him in the garden, and then later took him from the garden and placed him in the garden of Eden and finally issuing him his first command that will lead to death, He felt it wasn’t good that man should be alone.
Don’t get me wrong, it was a very compassionate, thoughtful and loving thing that came from Jesus’s heart. But since we know how the story unfolds, it was the beginning of the end; for even in Isaiah 46:9-11 it says.
Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, “My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My good pleasure,” calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man who executes My counsel from a far country.
Indeed, I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass.
I have purposed it; I will also do it. M302
Indeed, God has spoken, for in the day that you eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil you will surely die; and God brought it to pass.
Likewise, when God spoke that it was not good for man to be alone, He brought it to pass by making him a suitable helper.
Now for the second funny part of the story. Jesus knowing the end from the beginning and knowing that man needed a helper to till and keep the garden of Eden tried a different approach.
It’s this sort of out of the box, anything is possible approach to finding a helper for the man that I found funny and interesting. Jesus took this approach so that the man wouldn’t be alone and he would have help to till and keep the garden of Eden.
So in Genesis 2:19-20, out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. Whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all the livestock, to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam, there was not found a helper suitable for him. M303
You can’t blame Jesus for not trying. Adam apparently was not satisfied and wanted something more. He wanted something different from every option the Lord God presented him. What was he was looking for?
He was looking for bone of his bones and flesh from his flesh.
It was because Adam did not find a suitable helper for himself that in Genesis 2:21-23, the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept. Then He took one of his ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man, He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.
Then Adam said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she will be called Woman, for she was taken out of Man.”M304
Finally, Adam was happy. Bone from his bone and flesh from his flesh. But now not only was everything completed and finished but now the only thing left for God to do was rest while He watches the re-runs of which is still the future for us to unfold.
This is what brings us to the full understanding of the sixth day in Genesis 2:1 (NIV)
Thus, the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. N14
The heavens and the earth were completed which included the vast array of beast, plants, trees, birds, fish, man, animals and woman.
There’s a nice translation of Genesis 2:1-4 (CJB) that I would like to use here to help us understand what is being said.
The heavens and the earth and all who live in them were completed. On the sixth day God completed all the work that He had done, and on the seventh day, God rested from all the work that He had done. God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all the work of creation. This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created. C1
It was on the sixth day that God, the Lord God Jesus Christ, completed all the work that He had done. It was completed when the Lord God took a rib from Adam and formed a woman.
Everything was completed on the sixth day, so God rested and blessed the seventh day. The word complete in Merriam-Webster means:
- having all necessary parts
- not lacking anything
- not limited in any way
- not requiring more work
- entirely done or completed MW51
In the six days of creation, God created all the necessary parts and made sure nothing was lacking, nothing was limited in any way, all work was done, and nothing more was required, it was entirely and completely done.
On the sixth day, God had all the necessary parts for the end.
It was because God completed everything on the sixth day, He rested and blessed the seventh day. He rested because He knew what would take place from this moment on. He rested because from this moment on, the end from the beginning started and it wasn’t in His hands. Everything from this moment on would rest on Adam obeying the commandment of the Lord God (Jesus) and not eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
This was also the moment when everything God needed to take the form of His very own creation which was made in His likeness was completed.
This was all needed so that what is said in Philippians 2:5-11 could come to pass. Where God Himself, would become the Son of Man, and in that process also become the Son of God.
Let this mind be in you all, which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped.
But He emptied Himself, taking upon Himself the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.
And being found in the form of a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross.
Therefore, God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. M305
To the glory of God, the Father is Jesus Christ Lord, the Lord of our salvation.
TO THE GLORY OF GOD, THE FATHER IS JESUS CHRIST LORD
Hasn’t the Lord said in Jeremiah 29:11.
For I know the plans that I have for you, says the Lord, plans for peace and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. M306
The plans the Lord has for Adam were plans of peace and not for evil, to give him hope and a future.
Part of that plan to give us a future and hope which God finished on the sixth day, was also finished on the sixth day when He said “It is finished” in John 19:28-30.
After this, Jesus, knowing that everything was now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst.” A bowl full of sour wine was placed there. So they put a sponge full of sour wine on hyssop and held it to His mouth. When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished.” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit. M307
Jesus finished that which started as a search to find a helper for Adam. In a search for a helper, there was none that Adam found suitable. No beast of the field and no bird of the sky. The Lord God formed from the ground every beast of the field imaginable that could help Adam. He also formed from the ground every bird of the sky to see if that would be able to help Adam. No animal, no bird, not even the livestock did Adam find suitable to help him. Adam wanted bone from his bone and flesh from his flesh.
When she was taken out of man and formed from Adams’ rib, everything was finished. For they were not only joined together by bone and flesh, but they were one in every way. She was taken out of man, and when this was done there was no turning back.
This is why in Mark 10:6-9 Jesus said, from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.’ ‘For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife, and the two shall be one flesh.’ So then they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.” M308
God had joined the woman and man together with one flesh. So that she, that was taken out him could help him till and keep the garden of Eden. For none of the animals, or the birds or the livestock did man find suitable enough to help him.