When Adam gave names to the animals, was he endowed with some type of supernatural, divine ability to know the considerably infinite biological, if not esoteric, complexities of each creature? Did he fully know the very nature of that which God created and gave into his care? Let us remember that a “name” in the Biblical sense nearly always represented the essence of that which held title to the eponym. Adam was looking for someone – something – suitable to be his mate, a created being that would be, or perhaps already was, his equal. How did he know what he knew about that which God had created before creating him?
The naming of every beast was just part of the holy husbandry Adam was gladly inclined to undertake, at least until he found a female wife who would be equal to him and for whom he would most eagerly consummate a different kind of husbandry. It was also God’s great pleasure which He declared to be very good (Genesis 1:31). “Male and female” are not code words, they are coed words.
To be clear, Adam was not some kind of evolved caveman, dragging women around by the hair. He wasn’t looking for a support animal. He wasn’t even a carnivore. He was the image of God, as are we. He was the glory of God, as are we who believe. He was a subduer of the earth, as we do (or at least should do with a great sense of holy economy).
Created from the beginning, Adam knew things, I think, that we sophisticated, smart men can only hope to know; yet one day will know when the Second Adam husbands His chosen bride into the reserves of heaven (I Peter 1:4).
Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him. And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said: “This is now bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. (Genesis 2:19-25)
We might even ask other questions, like:
- How different was the new creation from what we have today?
- Were animals (flora and fauna) not as we know them now?
- Did the first man/men have supernatural characteristics about them?
- How far and for how long upon the earth did Adam venture in searching for a mate?
- How far and for how long upon the earth did Adam and Eve venture when God commanded them to subdue and dominate His creation?
- How far and for how long upon the earth did Adam and Eve and their offspring venture?
- Was the seventh day, the day of rest, originally an eternal day made, as Jesus said, for man (Mark 2:27)?
- And more, much more questions, of course…