And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.
And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
Comment: Day five and the start of day six is extremely productive. Day five saw sea-life and birds created. Honestly it reads as if the vast variety was created in one day. As I think of this I can doubt its possibility, until I remember how the Bible relates God to time. He certainly isn’t fixed in the Bible to our space/time fixed system. And then He goes on to creating animal life. And still the same comment re ‘according to their kinds’ is stressed. Only human kind is left to come in the afternoon of day six!
Prayer: You said that every thing was ‘good’. As we look at the world in which we live everything doesn’t always seem good. But then we read here nothing of the imperfection which we see. Help us to listen to what the ‘beginnings’ book has to say about these matters, O God.