Monday, June 27, 2011

Naming of the Animals

"18And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. 19And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. 20And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him." -Genesis 2:18-20

The Bible doesn't say Adam named all the animals. It says he named three groups — the cattle, the fowl of the air, and the beasts of the field. He didn't name all the beasts of the earth (Genesis 1:25), or everything that creeps upon the earth (Genesis 1:25). It doesn't take long to name something “dog”, “horse”, “owl”, etc. Adam named only the major kinds. There are a lot of species of owl, for instance, but naming them all owl would have been sufficient.

Adam didn't have to go out looking for the animals to name. Genesis 2:19 says God brought them to him. If Adam named one animal every six seconds it would have only taken 5 hours to name all 3,000 kinds.