WHY DID GOD MAKE UNPLEASANT CREATURES THAT ARE A PEST TO US? AND WHY DID HE CREATE POISONOUS FRUITS AND HERBS THAT HARM US?
Genesis Chapter 1 gives us the creation story of this planet earth. You will notice that God made all things good. The record declares that God Himself:
Saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:10, 12)
After creating all forms of life on the sixth day, God looked at all
His works that He had made:
And, behold, it was very good. (Genesis 1:31)
God can make only good things. All things were bright and beautiful; it was a reflection of God's goodness. Everything was made for the man and his wife and their offspring after them. They were given the dominion of this planet.
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. (Genesis 1:28)
The man and his wife were the rulers. Adam was the king and Eve was the queen of the planet earth!
Their food was a pure vegetarian diet. Bloodshed was not in God's plan. Look at what God said:
And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. (Genesis 1:29)
"Every herb bearing seed", and "Every tree in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed" was meat or food for them. (In the old English "meat" means food). There were no poisonous fruits or herbs anywhere. But there was one, and only one tree, the forbidden tree, called:
The tree of knowledge of good and evil. (Genesis 2:9)
This was not an evil tree in itself; this was a tree to test their loyalty.
Eating of this fruit would prove their disloyalty to the Creator, and abstaining from it would prove their loyalty to their Maker and Sustainer. It would open the door to evil and death.
The tragedy of the universe took place. Man ate the forbidden fruit and brought evil upon him, the human race, and on the entire creation of this planet. The fall of man was the fall of this planet.
God did something strange after the holy pair fell. The beautiful earth that He Himself pronounced "very good", He cursed for man's sake. God told Adam:
And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. (Genesis 3:17-19)
The original plan was altered. The whole of creation has taken a new course. Man, who was supposed to live forever, will "return unto the ground". The task he was originally given in the Garden of
Eden "to dress it and to keep it" (Genesis 2:16), he has been now kept out of it, driven out of his home (See Genesis 3:24).
Man has to now sweat (they would not have sweated before even if they labored hard). He has to till the ground to survive.
"Thorns also and thistles" appeared everywhere (Genesis 3:18).
There were no thorns at creation. It all appeared after the fall by the command of God. The rose plants were without thorns before.
There were no thistles too at creation. The unwanted plants that hurts and harms, came only after the fall.
In the beginning all the animals were vegetarians. There were no carnivorous creatures at all (See Genesis 1:30). There was perfect harmony and love and peace among all of God's creation.
So will it be again, very soon, when the Lord shall complete the plan of redemption and recreate this planet, even more beautiful than the first. Isaiah the Prophet saw a vision and recorded the future life on this planet, where the saved will abide forever with
God, He wrote:
The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. (Isaiah 11:6-9)
The animals will be vegetarians again. The purpose for which they were created has been altered because of the fall of man. That original purpose and work they will perform to perfection again.
There will not be anything that is ugly or displeasing to our sight in the New Earth, as there was nothing bad anywhere in the beginning too.
ONE MIGHT ASK: What does it mean God cursing the ground for "man's sake" (Genesis 3:17).
Well it has two meanings at least. Everything was cursed because of man's fall. For all things were made for man, and his fall meant the fall of the entire planet. And all creation suffers for the fault of man.
But the next idea is a positive one. It was "for man's sake" God cursed the ground. It was for the good of man. Sin is a dangerous foe. It is well said, "An idle mind is a devil's workshop". God had to keep man busy toiling for his daily bread lest he gives his idle mind to the devil's insinuations. The daily bread would not come easily as before. Making it hard for man was a blessing in disguise.
Every man likes to live. Even the ones who don't want to live fear to die. Man will work to survive, and work will keep him busy. It will make him to trust God and seek God's help. Our necessity becomes God's opportunity. A beautiful plan indeed by God to curse the ground after sin invaded planet earth. For the love of man
He did it.
So all that are unpleasant to us now, all that are poisonous to us now, all that are harmful now, were not so at creation, and will not be there in the New Earth, and for all eternity. The Lord is beautiful and a great Artist and a lover of beauty, but sin marred everything. But grace will restore it even making it all the more beautiful than before!