Naming the Animals

[Podcast Episode 51] It’s a busy morning for Adam! We look at whether it was even possible for everything to have happened like God tells us it did and explore the wealth of ideas these verses contain. Then, it’s a trip Down Under to think about how Kangaroos got to Australia and then it’s over to Africa and Asia to learn about Elephants.

Etching of Adam naming the animals, Photo Credit: Wellcome Images

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Genesis 2:19-20

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. And 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.

This is a topic I enjoy thinking about, so you can find a lot more details in these articles:

Kangaroos and the Fossil Record

Looks like I’ll have to remember to update this link in a week or two to add the article link. The print version of the Institute for Creation Research’s free Acts & Facts magazine comes out before they post the articles on their website!

For older students:

Want to see what we mean by the evolutionary story line being based on the fossil record? Phys.org has an article about how they are working hard to interpret the fossils to solve a glaring problem making evolution look impossible. It it cool to see how they recognize the fossils were buried at an “interval of rising sea levels”. They just want it to be a millions-of-years long interval.

Elephants

Indian elephant herd, Photo Credit: CuriouslogI’m happy to report that the actual numbers of elephants known to be alive today are actually 500,000 rather than the 5,000 stated on the show. There is still plenty of need to be careful, but things aren’t as close to extinction as it sounded!

The library had a detailed and photo filled book we used for the report:

National Geographic Kids Mission: Elephant Rescue: All About Elephants and How to Save Them (NG Kids Mission: Animal Rescue) amazon affiliate link to support this ministry

It’s got some evolution in it, but far more about how amazing elephants are and how we are working to take care of them.

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