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Eden is the intent of God. One reason the story of the
Garden of Eden is important is that it demonstrates the pre-sin
world in which we were intended to live, the creation that God
described as “very good”. Among the striking attributes of Eden
is the menu. God intended for all creatures, man and animal, to
have a vegetarian diet. The diet of leaves and seeds meant that
animals didn’t die. They weren’t eaten. The original intent of
God was that death never occurred in man or animal. The
animal population far outnumbered the human population in
Eden. That was how creation began.
Later on, when God decided who to save from the purging flood
of Noah’s day, eight people and multiple thousands of animals
boarded the ark.
The New Testament book of Romans speaks of the earnest
expectation of the creature [awaiting] the manifestation of the
sons of God. By creature, we understand that not only people,
but the entire creation is meant. This would include the animals.
… because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the
bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children
The book of Revelation describes events of the future. Some
effort is spent drawing parallels between the future New Earth
and the Garden of Eden. In the future that Revelation describes,
the curse is removed. That includes the curse on the ground that
was declared when Man was exiled from Eden.
And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and
under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in
them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power,
be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for
ever and ever.
The Lamb in this case is the symbolic representation of Jesus who
was sacrificed for our sin, but notice also that the animals are
given a voice. Perhaps, though, they’ve always had a voice and it
is we who are given ears to hear it.