In the context of Creation, the phrase “and God saw that it was good” appears seven times in Genesis 1: light (Gen. 1:4) ; dry land and sea(Gen. 1:10) ; plants yielding seed and fruit trees bearing fruit (Gen. 1:12) ; sun, moon, and stars (Gen. 1:16) ; seas swarming with fish and skies filled with birds (Gen. 1:21) ; and beasts, cattle, and creeping things (Gen. 1:25) . Finally, when God’s work is finished, we get the sentence: “Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good” (Gen. 1:31, NKJV) .
As well as declaring everything He made “very good, ” God went a step further and “blessed” His creation in three specific areas.
First, He blessed the sea creatures and the birds. He encouraged them to “‘be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth’” (Gen. 1:22, NKJV) . Second, when Adam and Eve were created, God blessed them, too, with similar encouragement: “‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth’” (Gen. 1:28, NKJV) .
Read Genesis 1:22-28. Both blessings begin in the same way, but what extra is added for Adam and Eve?
Humans share with fish and birds the divine encouragement to be fruitful and multiply, but the difference comes when Adam and Eve are given the responsibility to care for the earth and all its creatures. Here we see a glimpse of the significance of being created in God’s image. The Creator invited our first parents to be coregents with Him to uphold and care for the created realm (see Rom. 8:17, Heb. 1:2-3) .
The third blessing given in the Creation story is the seventh-day Sabbath (Gen. 2:3. Here is further confirmation that people are far more than just animals; they were created to enjoy fellowship with the Creator in ways none of the other creatures can. Here we see unmistakable evidence of the special place humans have been given in the Creation. Jesus underscored this point: “‘Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?’” (Matt. 6:26, NKJV) . Without devaluing other creatures, He made it clear that people are unique and special on earth.
In what ways does the biblical Creation account give a dignity to humanity (hence, each individual) that an alternative view of origins, such as evolution, can’t? In light of the biblical account of human origins, ask yourself:Are you treating everyone as they deserve to be treated?
SSNET Staff and moderator’s Note: The above picture, which we believe is by Harry Anderson, is showing that we have a better alternative than believing the myth of evolution. The light represents the power of a creative God and is in contrast to the darkness of mechanical evolution in the background. The picture has been used in Adventist circles for a long time and most people understand that it is contrasting the two ideas, not supporting evolution.