This is the account of what was made on day three. You can read it here in Genesis 1:11, and says, ‘Then God said,”Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth;”and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass,the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the third day.’
Not only did God make all the mango and kumquat trees, the daisies, roses, tulips, cat tails, wheat, flax, ivy, and all the rest, but He also made them seed bearing, or in other words, able to reproduce.
There are only a few ways that all plants reproduce. Other than a few who sucker, (an invasive root system that will, for instance, allow a planted Aspen tree from your yard to pop up uninvited in your neighbors lawn) most plants have some way of dispersing seed.
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Wind dispersal, like the dandelion, which is light enough for the wind to take it, and drop it miles away. Water dispersal, where a seed can float to another land until it is washed ashore, like a coconut. Most plants though, the vast majority, need animal dispersal. Animal dispersal can be done a few ways. First, like a squirrel hiding the acorns for winter, some animals forget their surplus, and a new plant emerges in the spring. For some, a fruit is eaten by a bird or a bat, and then while flying through the air the animal’s waste is excreted and a new plant grows down where it landed. Most though, need insects. Insects travel from plant to plant, flower to flower collecting nectar. Some birds, butterflies, moths and their cousins do this as well, but our favorites are the stingers. Bees, wasps, hornets and the like travel to a flower, work their way to the deep center, and inadvertently get some pollen on their legs and hairy bodies on the way in.
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When they fly to the next open bud, some of that pollen falls off. If it happens to be the same ‘kind’ of flower, that pollen can drop down into the ovum and fertilize it. New seeds are then made. In your garden and mine this happens every day. Science has just found that the hive decides on a daily basis which ‘kind’ of flower they’re collecting from that day, traveling miles on their mission to find it. Wait, you say, but I see bees on my lavender bush, AND on my roses…
That’s ok, they’re from two different hives. Isn’t that completely amazing?! That particular species of flower are dependent on that insect getting close enough, or dropping enough pollen from their last landing to help them propitiate their offspring. God knew what everyone, and everything, needs to survive and to continue.
But what in the world does this have to do with misunderstanding a literal 7 day creation? Well let me ask you this.
How in the world did the flowering plants, dependent on animal dispersal, survive according to evolution, for those kajillions of millions of years?
Like Darwin, I too have a theory. My theory involves the entire Bible being whole and accurate exactly as is. The scriptures don’t need an extra testament, nor does it need defensive theories as to how 7 days could have been symbolically written. The Bible says that insects were NOT still evolving from primordial soup, a hodgepodge of tissue and mud, converting into complex and intelligent beings from swirling neutrons. This is what the world, Charles Darwin, Atheists, mistaken textbooks, and secular science would have you believe.
They were made by God on day 5.
Of course I don’t believe anything could have macro evolved, but I’ll humor the conversation a moment. If Darwin was correct, there may in 2012, be a few coconut trees, and a whole lot of dandelions, but there would not be ANY plants that thrive on animal dispersal. Or, for that matter, any animals that are sole herbivores… Unless of course you want to pitch to me that plants AND animals evolved precisely at the same time…
Or, I could foresee someone wanting to argue there were special ‘adaptations’, they call them; flimsy explanations for why something looks or behaves how it does. Explanations for how something survived outside their norms. But why would a plant adapt to an easier way of becoming fertilized, and then revert back millions of years later when insects finally evolved, the plant somehow surviving while waiting for a bee to land? Or, if the bee evolved first, how did it hold out waiting for pollen, let alone waiting for all the other evolving bees? Oh my questions are endless…
Nope. You can’t explain it. But God can. It only takes up a few verses, and explains everything. In the beginning..God
Why is that hard to believe?