Did any of you see that awesome comet? I looked through it with binoculars and wow! Beautiful! The southern hemisphere positively had the better view of this small-tailed comet taking a bite out of the sky!
Speaking of bite…, how did the instinct to kill and the claws and teeth of predators come about?
|The formidable teeth of the male camel are used for vegetation.|
As the plants changed both in structure and in progressively increasing dietary deficiency of proteins and other essential, it would generate an increase in carnivorous appetites in certain animals. Those animals that contained the genes for big teeth, claws and muscles would naturally out-compete weaker versions of the same animal, even in herbaceous behavior. And though these things would have been set into motion, carnivory would not come into full play until after the flood (Genesis 9:3) when God ordained it acceptable to eat meat.
Likewise bacteria and other microorganisms which would have been originally designed to serve essential functions in soil maintenance and purification before the Fall, would have undergone mutations beneficial to them. Unfortunately in many cases it has proved harmful and even lethal to other organisms. Viruses and parasite would have developed in the same manner.
|The saber toothed cat was a predator|
God designed the created kinds with genetic information that could be turned on when required to adapt to new environments. So now, as we see in today’s ecosystem, the plant and animal kingdom’s limitless proliferation are checked by these new factors of disease, predation, parasitism and death. As it is so for mankind. But The Fall also brought about something unique to mankind-we can experience spiritual death.
Genesis 3:15 is our saving grace. It is the first prophecy of Messiah. Satan likely thought he had control over mankind through woman, as Eve had already demonstrated her lack of control over satan himself when she followed his direction and ate of the fruit. Satan also saw Eve show her control over man, who had eaten of the fruit when she told him to (Genesis 3:1-6)
But God wisely nipped this wrong in the bud, and put “And I will put enmity between thee [satan] and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” (Genesis 3:15). And neither would she rule over her husband, “Thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.” (Genesis 3:16)
But let’s look a little deeper. What exactly is “thy seed and her seed” (Genesis3:15). What is meant by both the “seed of the serpent” and the “seed of the woman”? The term “seed” has biological connotations, but that is not really possible in this literally for satan, who is a spirit, and the woman would neither be able to produce actual seed. Only man is physically created to do this. These two seed must then refer primarily to spiritual progeny.
Satan’s seed would consist of those who willingly and knowlingly set themselves at enmity with the seed of the woman, partaking in the character of the adversary (John 8:44 and Ephesians 2:2,3). They seek to oppose God’s purposes in creation and redemption. But the primary seed is the soon-coming “son of perdition” (II Thessalonians 2:3), the antichrist.
The woman’s seed refer to those in the human family who are brought into right relationship with God, becoming children of the Father, heirs of the Kingdom of Heaven. But the primary seed of the woman is our redeemer and King, the Lord Jesus Christ. And it is not the seed of the serpent, but satan himself, who battles and is destroyed by this Holy Seed. The only One who can save us.
And praise God for that! Until next time,
This week in the night sky: We still can see PanSTARRS comet this week. Look for it “low in twilight, just a little to the right of due west, about 45 minutes after sunset. The comet is now fading even as it gains a bit more altitude as seen from the world's mid-northern latitudes. Bring binoculars or, better, a low-power, wide-field telescope. Notice the three tail components: the main, broad dust tail, the very thin straight gas (ion) tail just off the dust tail's upper edge, and the thin Type 3 dust tail extending nearly horizontally from the head. This last is a debris trail of heavier particles nearly along the comet's orbit: a meteor stream in the making.”1 Those of you in the southern latitudes will get an even better view.