In the beginning God created the heaven and earth. God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind. Let Us make man after Our image and He brought the animals unto Adam to see what he would call them…”
“Father, Adam is really smart.”
“My Son, he’s made in Our image.”
“He might feel too smart for his own fig leaves.”
“Let’s give him his first test. Let him know he isn’t as smart as he thinks.”
“What kind of test?”
Small Voice says, “Let him name all the animals.”
“Now that’s the Spirit! Bring them all here.”
Adam’s busy exploring his world, hearing the Word walking in the garden he runs to meet Him.
“Adam, my son, We have a chore for you.”
“All those animals you’ve been playing with, We are going to let you name them.”
“Easy. Let’s go!”
Arriving by a river, animals are spread as far as the eye can see.
“Mouse, lion, giraffe, sardine, robin, snail, elephant, butterfly, worm, whale, dog – he’s my best friend. Cat…dog come back here; stop chasing him! Fly, buzzard, periwinkle, turtle…”
“Father, he does not ask any questions, naming all of the animals without Our help.”
“He’s looking at their characteristics, naming them that way. I have something for him though, which will give him pause.”
“Duck, beaver, rattlesnake, mole, chicken,…ah…hmm…can I have help with this one?”
“Sure, Adam, what would you like?” asks the Helper.
“This kind of looks like a beaver with a tail at both ends.”
“The front one’s not a tail.”
“If it’s not a tail, it must be a bill, like a duck’s.”
“No, it’s a snout.”
“Where’s its mouth?”
“Oh, I see it’s under the bill, I mean, snout. Those little teeny mole eyes sure aren’t very big, and the ears, well, not much to them either.”
“The eyes and ears are actually closed when searching for food. The snout is the organ used for finding food.”
“It must be good sense of smell then.”
“It doesn’t use it for smelling food, the snout has sensors along its side,” Helper says, winking at the Father.
“Two. One detects movement, the other senses small electrical charges from muscle movements.”
“Wow! I notice the male has a spike in the back leg, is it for climbing?” asks Adam.
“No, it will some day contain poisons,” the Father states.
“Poisons!? Not here in the Garden? When will that happen?”
“Obey Me, Adam, and you will never find out,” the Father instructs.
“Okay.” Adam looks for a pouch he’s seen on some animals, “How are the babies born?”
“This creation lays eggs.”
“Eggs! Then it must be some kind of bird or reptile.”
“It’s neither. She gives milk to her babies when they hatch.”
Adam studies the underbelly again, “But there are no nipples.”
“Good observation. The mother has small grooves there for pooling the milk when it’s squeezed out so the babies can lap it up.”
“Well, this is a hard one. I suppose You’re going to tell me it flies.”
Laughter spreads through the garden.
“Oh, yes, the paddle in back!”
“It’s for navigating. Only the front feet propel him.”
“Okay, let’s see…bill, but not a bill, sensors for detecting motion and muscle electrical activity, small eyes and ears but not used for finding food, poisonous spurs,” looks up at God, “but only if I don’t obey You, lays eggs, nurses its young yet doesn’t have nipples, a paddle tail but only for navigation…I’ll call it Ornithorynchus Anatinus.”
“Sounds futuristic, Adam, and he’s the last one to name.”
“Thanks, that was fun,” following his new friend down to the water to play.
“He didn’t learn, did he, Father?”
“We saw his thoughts; he will look elsewhere for knowledge, discovering evil.”
“Yet this will bring him to the full understanding of Good,” the Prince of Peace says.
“All part of the plan to make him into Our image,” Father says.
“Purchased at a great cost,” Comforter adds as the Father, in pure love, beholds His Son.
“Let Us hide Our one of kind creature in the land down under, to be found again when man thinks he knows so much.”
Scripture from KJV Genesis chapter 1 & 2 (author's paraphrased).
Ornithorynchus Anatinus: genus and species for the Platypus.
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