Day five did not see the creation of all the animals; only the fish and the birds. Why is that?
God is giving us a picture here. Take a moment to look at the pattern of the tabernacle, the fifth piece of God's furniture is the altar of incense. That altar is a picture of the prayers of the saints ascending before the LORD - from earth to heaven. The fish are a picture of earth-bound creatures, and the birds represent heavenly creatures. (The Hebrew word for heavens is shamayim, and means skies.)
God's creation is so magnificent. It is no wonder that early people began worshiping the creation, because of that fact. But God's creation is a memorial to HIM, our Creator. Romans 1 speaks of this:
So many worship songs sing of how the amazing creation points to our Creator. Here are a few that come to mind, just off the top of my head (links are included, in case you need an interlude of worship about now)
Evening and morning complete day five.
Now enter day six, which contains God's magnum opus: Man. I don't say this in a prideful, man-centered way, but to demonstrate the heart of YHVH. He created man in His own image - someone with whom He could have fellowship.
Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature (chai nephesh) according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so. 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.
Just like the fish and birds, the animals were created as living beings (chai nephesh). If you ever wanted an answer to the philosophical question regarding the chicken or the egg, of course the chicken came first. The chicken became a living soul. (But being a bird - albeit a non-flying bird - was the chicken created on day five or day six??)
Verse 28 tells us that God blessed Adam and Chava. He then commanded them to be fruitful and multiply, to subdue the earth, and to have dominion over all living things that move on the earth. Male and female He created them, so that they could multiply. (Adam and Steve are unable to multiply).
Chapter one wraps up with this:
Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
When describing the completion of this sixth day, the Hebrew uses the article the, which none of the other days do. This signifies completion. God's work of creation is done!
It is interesting to note that there are similarities between days 1 and 4 (light), days 2 and 5 (division of sky and water), and days 3 and 6 (land, vegetation, and life). Day seven stands alone.
Genesis 1 has been amazing and awesome, and we finally get to move on. As we will see in chapter two, the narrative will go back and fill in more details of creation. This circular pattern is typical of Hebraic thought.
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