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Were the fowls created from the water, or from the ground?

Genesis 1:20 - And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
Genesis 2:19 - And 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.

Genesis 1:20 says that the water brought forth the fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven, and Genesis 2:19 says that out of the ground the Lord God formed every fowl of the air.


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Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 are different creation accounts. Genesis 1 is when God created all of the animals required for the earth. Genesis 2 is the extra things that God created in the garden of Eden.

Note: Genesis 2:4 "These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens" By this we clearly see that the writer(Moses) is recalling the things which happend after God alraedy created them, so it's most likely during while they were in the garden of Eden.

My guess would be that the fouls from the water are birds and other small creatures, but the fouls talked about in Genesis 2:19 would be bigger flying creatures that do not have feathers (Dinosaurs)?

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I believe the answer is found in the direct results of Adam noticing that he was the only human. Verse 18 of Chapter 2, has God making an observation about Adam’s loneliness. But at this stage in Adam’s life, being just “moments” old (so to speak) he might very well have been content not knowing the joys of having a wife. This is indeed a difficult idea for me to grasp as I was born and raised knowing about women, so trying to figure out what was going on in Adam’s mind is staggering. Verse 19 has God making what I believe to be additional animals for more than one reason. First, it showed Adam that God (whom Adam had just met) was indeed the one who was creating everything. This would also prevent the devil in the future from trying to introduce himself to Adam and possibly attempt to convince Adam that God didn’t really create anything. This would make any futile attempt of Satan taking credit for everything look ridiculous. We know that Satan later approached Eve who didn’t see anything get created which I believe adds to the fact that Adam knew better, and as the original head of the household is ultimately responsible. Second, God probably enjoyed showing Adam each animal as it was being created, and since this is occurring in the Garden, God simply used the dirt from the Garden to make these “additional” animals unlike earlier when he used water (for making birds Gen 1:20). Third, God would probably cause each of these animals to walk past Adam, and as Adam studies each animal for a few seconds, he then comes up with a name for each one. Adam might then witness each animal stroll past him and head for the entrance(which would also serve as the exit in this case) of the garden to meet up with a member of its kind. For example : suppose God makes a female rabbit out of the ground in the garden. This rabbit would hop past Adam; Adam names it; and as the rabbit approaches the exit of the garden, the rabbit sees a male rabbit just outside the garden and proceeds to snuggle and or hop away with the other rabbit. As Adam notices this, here comes a rhinoceros that walks by. Adam studies the rhinoceros for a few seconds, names it and then the rhinoceros walks towards the exit of the garden and is greeted by a suitable mate. Each time this happens Adam would start to realize what a perfect match these animals are finding in each other, and how great it would be to have someone suited likewise for himself. After thousands of these basic kinds of birds and land animals go by (which probably took a good 5 or 6 hours), Adam might start to wonder if a mate will be made for him, but the parade soon comes to a stop. God does not choose to make Adam’s mate out of the ground of the garden. Verse 21 has God putting Adam into a deep sleep so that the perfect mate for Adam can be made from a piece of Adam (and God may have had numerous reasons for this as well) . This additional creation account should not cause anyone to have any doubts. This was special and yet at the same time was still a part of the overall 6 days but reaching the pinnacle of God’s plan. The earth was already covered with vegetation and animals and would have seemed like paradise already but God kept “piling on” the riches and fine tuning a living quarters for man. The things that God created in the garden were extra special because God loved Adam so much when just the basic creation of the world would have been more than wonderful and more than satisfactory. These “additional animals” which is what I call them are simply made to show to Adam and in this way God shares His joy in making them so that Adam can witness them. God who made them deserves the right to name them but in His love for Adam gives him the privilege of naming them. And this additional account is sandwiched in-between God’s observation in verse 18 of man being the only human, and the resulting creation of Eve, Gen 2:21-22.
Adam on some levels would later resist being alone again when it came time to make a choice between obeying Gods command, or taking the punishment that he must surely have known was about to come to Eve. --Yours in Christ, Mica.

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