24 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. 25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. 26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28 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. 29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. 30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. 31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
Dear children, do you know what God created on the sixth and final day of Creation? He made the living creatures of the land – both animals and man.
Firstly, God made the animals that dwell on the land. He made the “cattle”, as well as “the beast of the earth” (v. 25a). These would include four-legged creatures small and big, such as the cat, dog, sheep, rhinoceros, elephant and even the behemoth [which had a tail like the cedar tree and was able to drink up a river (cf. Job 40:15, 17, 23)!]. He also made the “creeping thing” (v. 24), which would refer to those that crawl on the ground, like the mouse, snail and lizard (cf. Leviticus 11:29-30), as well as insects like the ant, bee and grasshopper.
Lastly, God created man, both male and female, in His own image (v. 27). He made Adam, the first man, from the dust of the ground (cf. 2:7). God then took one of his ribs to make the woman (cf. 2:21-22). Being made in God’s image would mean they have a spiritual resemblance to God, being able to make conscious decisions and being responsible for their individual actions.
God’s designated purposes for His creations do not change. For example, He wanted man to “be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it” (v. 28). In other words, God wanted Adam and Eve to fill the earth with people. This command of God has not changed. As God brought Adam and Eve together in marriage and would subsequently bless them with children, He wants men and women on earth to be married and populate the earth. Further, in commanding man to “subdue” the earth, God is making man to be responsible for taking care of the earth.
My young readers, as you learn these biblical truths of Creation, may your hearts be overwhelmed with awe and be stirred to render worship to the Almighty God, who is the Creator of every living creature, including you!