Creation of Plants

1-Red Rock FormationThe story of creation of the earth and of plants is in Genesis chapters 1 and 2.

On day 3 of creation, God caused the dry land to appear on earth. Initially there were no plants on the earth’s surface.  Prior to plants covering the land, carbon dioxide existed in high levels in the atmosphere secondary to volcanic action in the earth’s crust.  Once plant-like microorganisms appeared on earth, they converted carbon dioxide to oxygen. Subsequently, earth’s atmosphere became rich in oxygen which animals and man needed to breathe and live.

On Creation Day 3, God spoke plants into creation. God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it. And it was so” (Genesis 1:11).  Biology, the study of all life, divides life primarily into two groups: animals and plants. The Kingdom of plants (Plantae) includes trees, shrubs, herbs, bushes, grasses, vines, ferns, mosses and flowers.

The Bible recorded that initially there were no plants on dry land was because God had not yet caused it to rain upon the earth and there was no man to till the ground. This scripture implies that God’s earliest plan was for man and plants to interact, e.g., man to tend plants and plants to supply man with food. As I read the creation story, I wondered why God created plants before the sun. Plants were created on Day 3 and the sun on Day 4.  Yet, plants require light for photosynthesis; e.g., in the presence of light, carbon dioxide + water = plant sugars + oxygen.  If a bright sun was created before plants, the process of plants preparing the earth for man’s habitat would have moved quicker. Intuitively, I wanted to reverse Days 3 and 4 of creation and hurry the process along.

Then, I laughed at myself remembering God’s words that His thoughts are not my thoughts and His ways are not my ways; as the heavens are higher than the earth, God’s thoughts and ways are above mine (Isaiah 58:8). God did not need my input into the creation process. God is infinite and exists separate from man’s (my) perspective on time. God didn’t care if creation took millions of years. It is I, with a limitation of about 80 years of life, who wants to hurry things along.

Reflection: Have you ever made plans for God rather than let him make plans for you? Was the outcome good?

I love Bible plants along with their symbolism. If you want to learn more about them, read my two books: 1) Rooted in God and 2) God as a Gardener. You can purchase them from my website: Carolyn Roth Ministry at

Copyright: Carolyn A. Roth 3/14


5 responses to “Creation of Plants

  1. I wonder if there is also a circulatory system in live plants. Not blood as we know it, but I do know that if we use hand clippers to trim a bush that is diseased, and do not disinfect those clippers, when we cut into another bush the contaminated blade will transfer the disease to the new bush and the entire bush will become diseased.

    • Kathleen, yes, plants have a “vascular system.” In trees, it is in the cambium layer. Xylum is the inner layer of the cambium which transports nutrients from the roots to the upper stems and leaves. Phloem largely transports nutrients downward. Great observation.

  2. Hello again, Carolyn. Thanks for your postings on the Creation. Concerning plants, we commonly refer to plants as “living” although biblically they are not “alive”. They are self-replicating systems but the Bible clearly states that “the life is in the blood”. (Gen. 9:4,5; Lev. 17:11,14;
    Deut. 12:23.) Plants don’t have blood. This is consistent with the rest of the creation story, as man and animals were created to be vegetarian until after the Flood. (Gen. 1:29-30 and Gen. 9:3) Adam’s sin brought death into the world. (Rom. 5:12). Before man’s sin, there was no death and so man should not kill and eat animals, birds, or fish because they were living. They have blood which is life. But Adam and Eve were freely given the plants to eat because nothing had to die for them to eat. Plants are not alive, – no blood. Adam could pull up an onion by its roots and eat the whole plant without sinning. His breath might be deadly, but nothing had to die for him to eat. This may not fit with man’s convention of grouping plants into living categories, but the creation story is consistent throughout.
    Blessings to you and yours, Harold Munson

    • Hi Harold, on this one we can agree to disagree. I believe that plants are alive. True, not the same type of alive as man; however they are alive. If you can get my book (Rooted in God) when it comes out in about three months. I wrote about the process that occur in plants, e.g., respiration, transportation, etc. Blessings, Carolyn

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