Kristin B. Sizemore
Once God had established the Solaric Covenant, His creative work upon Earth continued. (To learn more about the Solaric Covenant, read the previous article in this series, The Covenants of God Series: The Solaric Covenant.)On the fifth day of recreation, the voice of God commands the waters to bring forth insects, fowls, and the creatures of the water. The Holy Spirit, enacting God’s command, empowers the waters to issue these creatures. As they come forth, the creatures possess life. Basically on the fifth day, insects, fowls, and marine life are brought forth, by the Holy Ghost, from the waters. God blesses these creations and commands them to “be fruitful and multiply”, filling the earth, water, and skies with life. So, in addition to animal life, the concept of procreation is introduced on the fifth day.¹
God begins His work on the sixth day by commanding the earth to bring forth animal life. The Creator then creates additional animal life while simultaneously giving the order of procreation and reproduction.2
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 everything that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
In the creation of the beasts of the earth, the Creator establishes the order of life. This concept can be summarized in the words “after his kind”. It is not God’s will for any species of animal to be mixed or genetically altered. This will prove troublesome further into this dispensation as supernaturally encouraged evil abounds. God sets forth this order very clearly, allowing science itself to prove that He is Jehovah. Science can break God’s law, like all of creation can, but it also proves the certainty of a divine creator. By Genesis 1:25, we see that Moses, through divine revelation and inspiration, reveals scientific truths that were not fully understood during his lifetime. It would be many years before science grasped the truths that God imparted in the opening chapter of His Word.
As God’s work of the sixth day continues, the establishment of His second biblical covenant, the Edenic Covenant, will be revealed. God speaks His intention for the creation of humankind to the other members of the trinity. He will create man in the image and likeness of the Godhead.3 The original language of the words translated image and likeness, tselem and demuwth, respectively, convey that mankind is fashioned after the bodily form of each member of the trinity.4 Tsalem literally means shade or resemblance and is translated in reference to the outward form of what or whom it describes.4 Demuwth can be defined as resemblance, model, or shape and is also used in reference to an outward form.4 By bestowing upon the human race resemblance to His own image, God is foreshadowing the inheritance that will be available through Him. Jehovah proceeds in bestowing upon mankind a responsibility even before He launches this particular creative work. God will give man dominion over all other earthly lifeforms, further establishing the order of Earth.5 The Almighty Creator then forms man from the dust, or in the original language, the mud or rubbish of the earth.6,7 Next, we see another facet of the power of God as he literally breaths life into Adam. As the Beginning and the End of all things breathes life into man, His breath brings man’s soul into existence, giving it life.7
God displays the continuation of the genius of His plan and design, but also His love for mankind, as He creates a home for Adam. The Creator plants a garden on the east portion of the Mountain of Eden and places Adam in this beautiful paradise.8,9 God cultivates the intended home of the human race with every beautiful tree and every good food grown from the earth, providing both pleasure and sustenance. God puts a specific tree in the garden dubbed “the tree of knowledge of good and evil”, which will serve to give the gift of choice.8 A river flows from Eden which then divides into four subsequent rivers.
God places Adam in the Garden of Eden and charges Him with its care, as well as the protection of the garden and the life therein, for which Adam is responsible, launching The Edenic Covenant. This is Adam’s home, but he must maintain and protect it by exhibiting the dominion God has given Him in a Godly and responsible manner.8
God furthers the terms of the Edenic Covenant in His next instructions. Adam is commanded to partake of every tree of the garden but to exclude only one; The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.10 So much is conveyed in this command. God desired a creation that could choose to love, serve, obey, and know Him. The angelic race, although unquestionably capable of rebellion against God, knew God because of their intended purpose and the specific nature of their being. God wanted friendship. He wanted a people that would seek Him out and find Him. He wanted to love and bless that people. This began with Adam. God armed Adam with the truth, illustrating His righteousness. If Adam partakes of the fruit of the forbidden tree, he will die, his death beginning with the introduction of sin.10 Faith is introduced along with the concept of obedience. Not only must Adam obey, but he must believe that God is who He claims to be and that He is capable of what He says He will do and that He will stand by His words.
As the sixth day continues, God sees that his friend, Adam is lonely. With all the botanical life in the garden, balance is lacking. Adam needs a partner who can lend help and support. God introduces Adam to the beasts of the earth and the fowls of the air, allowing him to name them. These creatures also find a home in the garden, under Adam’s dominion. Still, there is no companion capable of fulfilling Adam’s human needs.11 The Creator causes Adam to enter into a deep sleep. He removes a rib and, from it, creates Eve.12 God’s order continues to flourish as He specifically creates male and female human beings, assigning what He has chosen as the appropriate anatomy for each.13 (Note: The gender issue is decided and has been decided since God’s creation of Adam and Eve. If you question the decision of which anatomy you were born with, you are questioning God as Creator. Trust God. He is God.)God presents Eve to Adam and unifies them in the first marriage.14
God blesses the couple, and in doing so, reveals more of the Edenic Covenant.
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of 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, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
Adam and Eve are instructed to procreate, thus fulfilling the mandate to be fruitful and to multiply, filling the earth once again with the life it had lacked for an undefined period of time (See The Solaric Covenant). Their dominion as humans over the earth is again reinstated in the form of a divine command. In other words, its not a suggestion, its an order for humanity to have dominion over plants and animals, thus providing protection and order.14
Plant life is appointed for nourishment as the only type of sustenance for both human and animal life. God’s perfect plan did not involve eating any type of flesh. Sin will disrupt this pattern. God’s perfect order will be resumed in The Dispensation of Divine Government, or the Millenial Reign15, and will come to complete fruition in The Dispensation of the Redeemed and Faithful Angels as eternity ensues.16 (To learn more about the correlation between dispensations and covenants, read Why Study the Covenants of God?.)
As we reach the close of the sixth day of recreation and the establishment of the Edenic Covenant, we see an assessment of mankind’s current condition.
And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
With the absence of sin, there is also an absence of shame and condemnation. Adam and Eve are placed in the paradise of the Garden of Eden. Everything need is supplied. They need only to obey their Creator to continue to receive the benefits of the covenant that secures their blessings; The Edenic Covenant.