Let’s begin with a tough question: “Why did God create mankind in the first place?” Was he lonely? Did he need someone to complete him (that’s what we say love does sometimes)? The Trinity was complete with perfect communication and purpose, so why create the first earth residents?
Adam had the privilege that not even the angels of heaven enjoyed—a unique, personal relationship with God. And because he was created in God’s image, which meant he had personality, a highly competent mind, and the capability for emotions, he and God could relate to each other. It’s apparent that God walked with his creation and that fellowship, based on mutual respect and interaction, was just what God designed and planned for eternity. Imagine what this relationship would have been like if sin hadn’t entered the picture?
In spite of the unique association Adam had with God, the Creator chose to give him a companion. Why do you think God gave Eve to Adam? With the introduction of Eve, another new and beautiful relationship was established. Consider what life was like for them prior to the fall. Adam had been given great responsibility for the care of God’s creation and, no doubt, the two of them enjoyed many hours tending to the flowering plants, the fruit-bearing trees, and the perfectly formed animals.
Adam and Eve were the first environmentalists, having responsibility for the care of God’s creation. God’s charge was clear in Genesis 1: “‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the sky, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’ . . . God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground’” (vv. 26-28).
So, Adam and Eve’s third relationship was with the animal kingdom. Adam was the original Dr. Doolittle, talking to the animals. Today, many people relate to animals as if they were their children or best friends, so it’s not hard to imagine Adam and Eve and their kids doing so. We may be just beginning to understand how much God’s animal creation can understand humans. Think of the extraordinary ways animals can be trained to help us. Why did God give humans the ability to relate to animals?
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