Genesis 1:20-23 (NLT)
20 Then God said, “Let the waters swarm with fish and other life. Let the skies be filled with birds of every kind.” 21 So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that scurries and swarms in the water, and every sort of bird—each producing offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 Then God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply. Let the fish fill the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth.” 23 And evening passed and morning came, marking the fifth day.
TIME OF DAY:
Light is entering the sea & causing beams of light to permeate the deep.
God is present, of course. See below for the list of birds, fish & other animals present in this scene.
I decided to have this split-screen view, showing both the birds of the air & the fish of the sea in the same scene. I wanted to show some of the varieties of fish & birds which the Lord has created. Rather than just create one type the Lord seems to really love diversity & His amazing creativity is very evident in the natural world!
Apart from this diversity I also wanted to draw the viewers attention to the life cycle of birds & fish. In the top right hand corner you can see eggs in a nest which represents the beginning of the life cycle of birds. The chick to the left further suggests that development from egg to adult bird. There are brown feathers in the bottom left of the picture, which represent the unique nature of birds, especially there ability to fly.
Interestingly, many fish also come from eggs, in the lower left of the picture, behind the lobster, you can see a green Mermaid’s Purse (aka Devil’s Purse), which is an egg case or capsule surrounding the fertilized eggs of some sharks, skates, and chimaeras.
Birds (from left to right):
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Asian Crested Ibis (aka Japanese Crested Ibis or Toki ) (Nipponia nippon)
Common Kingfisher (aka Eurasian Kingfisher or River Kingfisher) (Alcedo atthis)
Ostrich (aka Common Ostrich) (Struthio camelus)
Indian Peafowl (aka Peacock) (Pavo cristatus)
Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata)
Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus)
Red Kite (Milvus milvus)
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
Common Blackbird (Turdus merula)
Chicken chick (Gallus gallus domesticus)
4 Dunnock (aka Hedge Accentor, Hedge Sparrow or Hedge Warbler) (Prunella modularis) eggs in nest
Magellanic Penguin (Spheniscus magellanicus) diving into the sea in the middle of the scene.
Sea animals (from left to right):
American Lobster (Homarus americanus)
Bermuda blue angelfish (Holacanthus bermudensis)
Leopard Sea Cucumber (Bohadschia argus)
Purple Sea Urchin (Heliocidaris erythrogramma)
Hermit Crab ()
Common Lionfish (aka Devil Firefish) (Pterois miles)
Yellow Moray eel (Gymnothorax prasinus)
Swordfish (Xiphias gladius)
Pacific sea nettle (Jelly Fish) (aka West Coast sea nettle) (Chrysaora fuscescens)
Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus)
Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus)
Giant Pacific Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini)
1:3-2:1 CREATION, Progressive (2.13G)
The act of God’s creation went from the general to the specific, and from simpler to higher complexity. God worked for 6 days and rested on the seventh. Many people contend that the Hebrew term “day” em>yom should be translated as an unspecified unit of time, not a 24 hour period, especially since the sun and moon (which mark off time for us here on earth) were not created until the 4th day. Whether the creation took 6 literal (24 hour) days or a much longer period of time, the important point is that this miraculous creation of the universe was an act of love by a sovereign God. God as an orderly, purposeful Creator is th central emphasis.
1:22,28 SALVATION, Blessing (4.26A)
God’s salvation is His blessing. God blessed sea and air creatures, the man and the woman, all of whom He had created. His word/command for them all was to be fruitful and multiply. In addition the man and woman were to fill the earth and subdue it. They were given the duties of stewardship over the whole earth and its contents. Saved people are stewards of God’s blessings.