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Genesis 1:11-13 (ESV)

11 And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. 12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.

Here, we see the beginning of life as we know it. God creates vegetation, and the amazing thing about this event is that it is created to die. We can gather this from “..plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed..” Why would there need to be seeds for the plants? To replenish them! The plants were to be used as food for the animals and people to come later. (Gen. 1:29-30) Because the plants were to be food, there would need to be some sort of system by which the plants could be replenished. Otherwise, all of the animals and people would be nigh unto starvation in short order. God, in his astounding foresight and providential care, created the plants with seeds to avoid this very thing.

Not only that, but God also, with the creation of fruit, shows himself to be loving to the umpteenth degree. He could’ve quite easily made the food tasteless, or even unsavory, but he goes so far as to create sweet-tasting fruit so that people and animals may enjoy the process of eating! This is the glory of God, revealed in Scripture, for us to enjoy! We may look at this portion of text and rejoice in the providence of God. We know that God did this, so God must be doing things in the same manner and for the same purposes now! (Rom. 8:28) God does all things for the good of his people! Rejoice with me, Christian! Soli Deo Gloria!

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