The First “Not Good” Thing in Creation, Pain Receptors, Plus Giraffes

It’s the sixth day of creation. There is no sin. Adam is still innocent. But God says something is “not good”. Come explore the clues we are given about the world at the beginning, our own nature, and the nature of God himself. We also have a look at our pain receptors and how they could have worked before thistles ever grew, and then go on safari to examine the giraffe!

Azerbajiani landscape, Photo Credit: Matthew Hadley

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Genesis 2:18

And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

It’s a little verse with a lot packed in it.

Trinity

How did God know it wasn’t a good thing for a human being to be all by himself? It was something God didn’t want for himself. We talk about God’s relationship with the three persons of the Godhead just a little on the show, so if you would like to dig into this more, Answers in Genesis’ The Trinity paper is a good place to start.

Help Meet

I rather liked these two translations’ take on this:

Common English Bible “I will make him a helper that is perfect for him.”

Easy-to-Read Bible ”I will make the companion he needs, one just right for him.”

But the Hebrew itself just says God would make Adam a “helper”. The Theology of Work Bible Commentary had this to say about Woman’s place alongside Man:

The word translated as “helper” here (Hebrew ezer) is a word used elsewhere in the Old Testament to refer to God himself. “God is my helper [ezer]” (Psalm 54:4). “Lord, be my helper [ezer]” (Ps. 30:10). Clearly, an ezer is not a subordinate. Moreover, Genesis 2:18 describes Eve not only as a “helper” but also as a “partner.” The English word most often used today for someone who is both a helper and a partner is “co-worker.” This is indeed the sense already given in Genesis 1:27, “male and female he created them,” which makes no distinction of priority or dominance.

Pain Receptors

I read Dr. Jean Lightner’s article from the Creation Research Society’s newsletter. Anyone can join them to have access to their journals and youth can get help with a scholarship to take part.

Giraffes

Giraffes on grassland, Photo credit: CharlesjsharpWe found the basics about these giants of the savanna at National Geographic and the American Wildlife Federation.

Have a look at how the horns work and where they store their tongues when not slurping up leaves!

Giraffe skull with lower jaw: Photo credit: Klaus RassingerIncredible Creatures that Defy Evolution

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This first video in a three part set shows how impossible it would have been for a giraffe to develop slowly.

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