Heavy Mysteries – The Chicken-Egg Thing

And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so.  God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

          Genesis 1:24-28


There is the age old philosophical question:  Which came first, the chicken or the egg?


In the end, does it matter?  The philosophical discussions may be fun, because they are so trivial.


Yet, for Christians who believe in Creationism, a more interesting, and still trivial, philosophical argument may be whether chickens were created on the fifth or the sixth day.  The Scripture above lists three things that were created on the sixth day: wild animals, livestock, and mankind.  Chickens are livestock.  They have wings, but they would not be considered a bird of the air.  Yet, it is the fifth day when animals of the sea and birds of the air are created.  Did the chicken once fly and then, by evolution (natural and manmade through breeding), the breasts grew larger and the wings smaller to keep the chicken almost flightless.  That would be an interesting discussion, but still trivial.


What I want to discuss is a slightly different question?  Would God create an egg that is defenseless?  Even upon hatching, the chick is defenseless.


Okay, even then some can argue that the Garden of Eden was before the fall.  Defense against what?  Wasn’t the Garden idyllic?  That is the picture that we paint.  The Fall of man, and expulsion from the Garden, marks the first death, the killing of animals to get skins to make clothing for Adam and Eve.  There is nothing said about death prior to this point.


Yet, God identifies in His decree of Genesis 1:24 a distinction between wild animals and livestock.  Livestock are more easily tamed.  Livestock are set aside for making wool, making hides and providing food.  Was this account of creation reverse engineered when the words were first written down?  By then, there were two distinct types of animals, domestic and wild.


But I cannot imagine that God initially made chickens to be like sea turtles.


My eldest granddaughter took a gap year after high school and for five months of that year, she was on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, near Puerto Vallarta, ‘saving sea turtles.’  Why would sea turtles need saving?  The eggs are hatched into a nest in the sand and covered by the mother.  The mother returns to the sea.  The eggs are hatched using the sun’s heat, warming the sand.  The little turtles then have an instinct to go to the sea.  They are left defenseless.  This system is wonderful except for one problem, mankind.  Poachers gather the eggs from the nests.  Our granddaughter was among the volunteers that went along the beach to find the nests before the poachers did and also chase poachers away.  They’d then hatch the egg in incubators and transfer the turtles back to the beach, so that the turtles could exercise their legs before entering the ocean.


But when I think of chickens, I think of the hen protecting her young chicks from all who come to harm them.  The hen sits on the eggs until they hatch and then the hen continues to protect.  I do not see God creating the egg first, without any protection, and then building the protective instinct within the hens that are the first to hatch.


Adam and Eve were created on that sixth day.  God created Adam and then created Eve from one of Adam’s ribs.  Some may think from the text of Genesis 2:18 that God realized His mistake and then created Eve.  No, in Genesis 1, God creates male and female of all species.  In Genesis 2:18, God is saying out loud why there should be male and female, giving a reason for His intended actions.  God intended to create both Adam and Eve all along.


Why bring up this old trivial question?  It could just be an old guy pondering things, keeping his mind active.  But what can we learn?  God provides for us.  He looks over us just like the hen and her chicks.  He provides for every living thing.  Yes, the lion will eat an occasional wildebeest, but everything within balance has ample provision.  And also, God knows every hair on our heads.  He has them numbered.  God takes care of us.  He knows what is best for us, even when we don’t like the direction where things are going.  God is not leaving us defenseless at any time.


Trust in the Lord.  God is right there with you.


Soli Deo Gloria.  Glory to God Alone.



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