Created Kinds in Scripture

Genesis 1:11 - herb, grass, tree, seed, after his kind

Genesis 1:11 – The Creation of Plants

Believers want to build their relationship with the One Most High and grow closer to Him. The relationship with the Almighty grows the same way as any relationship, by spending time together and getting to know each other better. One of the best ways to do this is to read His words that are written to His people, which are recorded in the Scriptures. There are many philosophies, cultures, and ideas that want to take attention away from the Almighty and have believer’s forget the truth about creation and life. By knowing and understanding His word, believers can stand strongly in the truth and resist what is false.

Created Kinds in Genesis

The book of Genesis states that The Creator made the Heavens and the Earth including plants, animals, and man. The plants and animals made during the Creation Week are often referred to as the genesis kinds. Although the focus is on the relationship with mankind, the Scriptures continue to describe the genesis kinds in both the physical and spiritual aspects of life. Unlike the secular views of modern biology which defines life by functions of the body, the Scriptures state that life is much more.

The Creator

The Almighty created the Heavens and the Earth including the plants, the animals, and mankind. He spoke them into existence in a literal seven day act of creation. Explore the names and titles of the Creator and His unique ability to create the heavens and the earth.

Created Kinds

As we begin studying created kinds, it quickly becomes apparent that there are many levels to examine both physically and spiritually. Working with the original languages of the Scriptures will yield surprising clarity on a number of issues regarding creation, created kinds, and life itself. Within the physical, there is a strong link with reproduction associated with kinds. This is shown through the commands to reproduce and fill the Earth as well as when the animals are taken aboard the ark to refill the Earth afterwards. Examining the levels of kinds will also help distinguish life from non-life and show the value of life.

Plant Kinds

During the Creation Week, our wonderful Creator made plants, animals, and man. The plants are quite different from animals and man on many levels. When the plants were formed on day three, He was designing something that would be used for food, produce oxygen, capture and store energy, and so many other things.

Animal Kinds

Is there a classification system for animals in Scripture? Perhaps not. While Adam may have been able to recognize and name the different kinds of animals, the various terms describing such activities as swarming, creeping, or flying are generally applied in the early chapters of Genesis. The animals represented by these terms cross many boundaries that modern classification systems would not accept.

Man Kind

Creation was made to be inhabited and the Earth was placed under the authority of mankind who is made in the image of the Creator.

Created Kinds on Noah’s Ark

The Ark Kinds are the creatures that were alive and gathered together on board Noah’s ark during the time of the flood. At the time of the flood, the pairs of animals were gathered together to keep the different kinds alive. These pairs were obviously able to mate and reproduce. This breeding ability is sometimes referred to as the ‘Noah Test’ for kinds. If they are able to have offspring, they are of the same kind.

Pre-Flood Environment

Many varieties of modern plants and animals are found in large sizes in the fossil record. These likely existed before the flood and show how conditions have changed. Just as Scripture records the lifespan of people dropped dramatically after the flood, similar probably occurred with plants and animals.

Ark Kinds

The Ark Kinds are the creatures that were alive and gathered together on board Noah’s ark during the time of the flood. At the time of the flood, the pairs of animals were gathered together to keep the different kinds alive. These pairs were obviously able to mate and reproduce. This breeding ability is sometimes referred to as the ‘Noah Test’ for kinds. If they are able to have offspring, they are of the same kind.

Noah’s Ark

The Created Kinds that were brought on board of Noah’s Ark are often referred to as ‘Ark Kind’s’. The Ark Kinds primarily refer to the land dwelling animals that required oxygen to breathe. Swimming animals would likely survive within the flood waters. Plants are expected to survive by root systems or seeds. The land dwelling animals known today are considered to have descended from the Ark Kinds just as people have descended from Noah and his family.

Post-Flood Conditions

Presumably, the world was in much worse shape after the Flood. The environment had changed drastically and probably included new things like rain and snow as well as hot deserts and frozen areas. It probably now included mountains and tropical areas. As the animals emerged from the Ark and began migrating, they would begin adapting to these environments. Such adaptations would be limited to what existed within the gene pool of any given population.

Creation in the Future

Creation Restored

Creation is currently in a fallen state and man cannot bring it back to where it should be. Man himself is fallen and in need of redemption and restoration. This is a job that must be done by the Creator Himself.

Last Updated: 06 / 2017
Todd Elder

Todd Elder

Todd Elder has a deep desire to understand and experience Creation. As a Baraminologist, his current research includes developing the Katagenos Species Concept, the Natanzera Classification System, and the Floral Formula Method of determining Plant Kinds. As an author and speaker, his books and seminar materials are designed to encourage a growing relationship with the Creator.
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