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.
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. 1:24-25
It is now the turn of the land creatures to be made. Again God’s classification is in relation to man.
- Cattle: ox, sheep, cows etc. of use to man
- Creeping thing: reptiles, amphibians but not insects (invertebrates don’t breathe through nostrils)
- Beast of the earth: Other animals including dinosaurs which weren’t used by man.
Obviously the invertebrates were created but are not listed. Doubtless the water ones were on Day fifth and land ones Day sixth.
Again the emphasis on reproducing after their kind. The DNA make allows only fertile offspring from created kinds. WE have a huge range of dogs, thanks to the wonderful genetic pool, so wolves and foxes and dogs come from one kind. A wolf and a (large) poodle have been successfully mated! They were not created out of nothing; God formed them “out of the earth” as is the sense of the Hebrew – let the earth bring forth. God saw that it was good. So as well as the sea full of live, the land was too. Not new-born, but mature animals able to reproduce and increase upon the earth. We are now ready for the pinnacle of God’s creation week.