|God as Author of Living Things
E. Norbert Smith, Ph.D.
The Bible teaches God as author of peace: For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints. (1 Cor 14:33, NKJ) We are to see Jesus as author of our salvation: Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; (Heb 5:8-9, KJV) We are to look up and see Jesus as author and perfecter of our faith: Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Heb 12:2, NIV)
Each of these passages are true and deeply profound, yet there is another way we can see God as author. The Holy Spirit revealed this to me during a time of outdoor praise and prayer. When I marvel at a beautiful flower or catch a glimpse of a fleeing deer, I lift my hands and my heart and praise God as not only Creator of heaven and earth, but also as Author of every living thing.
From the Genesis account of Creation we know God formed all animals from the soil, that is he fabricated each kind of animal and brought them to Adam to name. In this we see God as Creator and Designer of every living thing which of course he is. Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. (Gen 2:19, NIV) In a somewhat different manner God commanded the land to produce plants. Then God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds." And it was so. (Gen 1:11-13, NIV)
Many of us have understood these things since childhood, but there is more. God not only fashioned and shaped the actual animals he brought to Adam and caused the plants to emerge from the soil, but at the same time he also determined each living thing's genetics and how this information would be passed on to its offspring and cause it to breed true. That genetics was an integral part of the original creation.
Here consider a bit more detail regarding God's plan for genetics or how all living creatures would breed true. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. (Gen 1:12, NIV) In other words, it was the seed that would preserve the genetic information for the next generation of plants. He also created all animals according to their kinds. They would breed true just like the plants. And God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky." So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth." And there was evening, and there was morning-- the fifth day. (Gen 1:20-23, NIV) As the plants were to reproduce after their kinds so also were the animals. And God said, "Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind." And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. (Gen 1:24-25, NIV)
Modern science has finally caught up with the true science in this ancient portion of God's Word. We now understand how plants and animals reproduce after their kinds. The genetic information that is passed on to each successive generation is done so by the DNA which makes up the chromosomes. Egg and sperm pass on our characteristics and our “humanness” to our children. We understand and acknowledge the genetic code in the form of the long complex DNA molecule is a highly complex language...a language written by the hand of the Creator long ago in the Garden of Eden and only recently decoded in part by scientists. Yes, God brought a real crow and an alligator and fox to Adam to name. Each creature was formed from the soil, but inside each animal, indeed inside every living cell that made up those animals was the DNA, the genetic code that makes a crow reproduce only crows, an alligator reproduce other alligators and foxes reproduce more foxes. At the moment each animal was formed God wrote out the complex DNA code for the chromosomes of each cell inside each living plant and animal, much as a doctor writes out a prescription for a medication or a chemist writes out a complex chemical reaction. Together he fashioned the animal and wrote out its unique genetic code using the complex DNA language. Thus in a very literal way God is truly Author of every living creature! He included not only the genetic characteristics of each particular plant and animal, but also fixed limits so that it would only produce its own kind. It remains so today. When I hold a beautiful snake or lizard or butterfly in my hand I now praise God as its Author for he wrote out the details of its existence in the language of DNA. Won't you join me in praising God as Author of every living thing?
You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being. (Rev 4:11, NIV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. (John 1:1-3, NIV)