Sea Creatures And Winged Birds
“So God created great sea creatures and every living things that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.”–Genesis 1:21
In the last verse, God called for the waters to be filled with an abundance of living creatures. This week’s focus verse is a little more specific concerning God’s creation saying He created “great sea creatures”. In addition to this, the writer now refers to the birds as “winged birds”. It appears as if the writer has decided to make some clarifications concerning Genesis 1:20. First, he lets us know the size of certain of the sea creatures; then he differentiates between birds with or without wings. While a truly wingless bird seems preposterous today, such a creature did exist. The moa lived in what is now New Zealand up until around 1500 AD; the Maori hunted it to extinction
Looking more at the creatures that were abundant in the waters in the previous verse, we note the change in their description. It is a good example of how God made man; first, He made us, then He defined us. All men are born into sin. Until we reach the age of accountability, where we know right from wrong, God’s grace fully protects. Once we reach that age, then we realize we are sinners and desperately need a savior. At this point, we are like the sea creatures of verse 20. God does not define us when we are lost as preachers, deacons, ministers, or workers of any kind. It is only when we accept Jesus as our savior that God defines us.
As Christians, God defines as more than we were. He calls us to be apostles, prophets, preachers, teachers, evangelists, and pastors. Some are given a ministry of song, while others may be called to minister to the homeless and needy. Like the sea creatures, we become more when God works in our lives. We are also like the winged birds; God can help us to soar to great heights when we do His work. Without Him, we are like the moa; destined to never leave the ground,
All it took was one verse for creatures that move in the waters to become great sea creatures. Let me leave you today with one verse (2nd Corinthians 6:2) that can make you more than you already are. “For He says, “In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”