by Kristen C. Strocchia
“Then God said, ‘I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground–everything that has the breath of life in it–I give every green plant for food.’ And it was so. God saw all that He had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning–the sixth day.” Genesis 1:29-31
Rewind to Day 3 when God made land and filled it with seed-bearing plants and trees with seed-bearing fruits. He did so, knowing full well that He intended these plants to sustain His creation–both in respiration and in nutrition.
Yes, man and every creature in his care were created vegetarian.
Why? Before sin, there was no death [Romans 5:12]. Humans killing animals for food and animals killing humans for food would mean death in the world before sin.
But even 726 years after Adam succumbed to the death purchased with His own sin, when Noah entered the ark with his family, every breathing creature was still vegetarian–which certainly made it easier to share the ark with all those animals for the better part of a year.
So then why aren’t we all still vegetarian today?
Well, after Noah and his family left the ark, God blessed them and told them–just as He commanded Adam and Eve in the Creation–to fill the earth. But rather than reminding them that He made them vegetarians, God told them this time that, “All the animals of the earth, all the birds of the sky, all the small animals that scurry along the ground, and all the fish in the sea will look on you with fear and terror. I have placed them in your power. I have given them to you for food, just as I have given you grain and vegetables,” Genesis 9:2-3.
Death and destruction were permitted access to the Creation through sin’s entrance into the world. And with each passing generation, the physical and spiritual effects of sin increase. The post-flood world would know death like never before–creation tearing one another apart to survive.
But when the sun set and rose for the third time, though the first time over the finished Creation, God looked on His ultimate handiwork–man–made in His image to rule over the animals. When He saw the perfect and peaceful symbiosis of all that He had made on the earth–land, seas, skies–and in the heavens. He proclaimed that it was very good.
Many people today question if God really is good because of the bloodshed in the world. But God never desired this to be so. He created us not even to shed blood for food. Sin brought bloodshed and the need for bloodshed. And man’s freewill brought sin.
Yet a day is coming, when the Creation will be restored to God’s original design. When God will once again say that it is very good. “In that day the wolf and the lamb will live together; the leopard will lie down with the baby goat. The calf and the yearling will be safe with the lion, and a little child will lead them all,” [Isaiah 11:6].
Are you ready for the day of the coming of the Lord when all will be restored? Do you have an answer for those who question God’s goodness based on the destroyed Creation around them?