By Zhang Cheng
There was a little girl who was less than four feet tall. She had been thinking: My name was given by my mother, and my mother’s name was given by my grandmother. Then, who gave names to animals? How did we know a deer’s name is deer and a rabbit is called rabbit? If animals’ names were also given by a person, this person must be wealthy in knowledge and unusually brilliant. If not, how could this person have given names to so many animals? Who was he? The little girl could not figure it out.
Actually, I am the little girl who was mentioned above. When I grew up, I saw that it was written in : “And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them: and whatever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him” (Genesis 2:19-20). Only then did I know the person who gave names to animals was not someone extremely knowledgeable or a great man, but the first living person that God created—Adam. Since Adam did not spend a day studying knowledge, how could he do it? I had been wondering about this. Until one day, I saw a book saying: “‘whatever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.’ So who gave all living creatures their names? It was Adam, not God. This phrase tells mankind a fact: God gave man intelligence when He created him. That is to say, man’s intelligence came from God. This is a certainty. But why? After God created Adam, did Adam go to school? Did he know how to read? After God made various living creatures, did Adam recognize all these animals? Did God tell him what their names were? Of course, God also did not teach him how to come up with the names of these creatures. That’s the truth! Then how did he know how to give these living creatures their names and what kind of names to give them? This is related to the question of what God added to Adam when He created him. The facts prove that when God created man He had added His intelligence to him. This is a key point. Did you all listen carefully? There is another key point that should be clear to you: After Adam gave these living creatures their names, these names became set in God’s vocabulary.” “God created man, breathed life into him, and also gave him some of His intelligence, His abilities, and what He has and is. After God gave man all of these things, man was able to do some things independently and think on his own. … In God’s eyes, this arose out of the intelligence He bestowed upon man. God saw it as a good thing, a positive thing. What Adam did at that time was the first manifestation of God’s intelligence on man. It was a fine manifestation from God’s point of view. What I want to tell you here is that God’s aim in adding a portion of what He has and is and His intelligence to man was so mankind could be the living creature that manifests Him. For such a living creature to do things on His behalf was precisely what God had been longing to see.” This passage also confirmed the fact that Adam gave names to animals. It turned out that God gave Adam intelligence so that he could do it. When God created Adam, God added intelligence to him, so that he could do something independently. Adam did not read any book, and God did not teach him how to name animals, but Adam vividly named all kinds of animals. I couldn’t help being surprised! Then, I thought of people throughout the ages. Regardless of whether they were national presidents or civilians, no matter what their strengths and gifts, no matter how brilliant their achievements or how great their contributions to society, their intelligence came from God. If we do not have the intelligence from God, no matter how we struggle, we will not get what we want, because we came from dust, and had nothing.
Adam named all living creatures with the intelligence from God: It is the first thing that the first living person had done on behalf of God since God created this world. From the fact that God gave Adam the right to name animals, we can also see God’s will. God gave us lives and intelligence; it is not for us to live as we please in this evil and filthy world, or to live for the sake of physical comfort, vanity, fame and gain while consuming all that God has given us. Rather, God hopes that we can try our best to do well in the duties of God’s creation, obey God, manifest God, and glorify God. In fact, all of the human beings should worship God, because it is right and proper for all creatures to worship the Creator.
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