THE OLD HOMESTEAD TALES
By Neil Wayne Northey - 1930
WHEN God created our Furry Friends, and Feathered Friends, He made them to live together in peace. They were not Wild Creatures then. How interesting it must have been for Adam when he first saw the animals and birds in the Garden of Eden!
In Genesis the second chapter we read: "Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them : and whatsoever 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." Verses 19, 20.
Yes, that must have been an interesting day for Adam when he saw all the animals and birds the first time, and gave them names. Can you name all the birds and animals that you see around your home?
When Adam lived in the Garden of Eden, the birds and animals were his companions. What a beautiful sight it must have been when Adam dressed the vines and plants in Eden while animals played together around him and birds of all kinds sang in the trees or alighted on his shoul�der in perfect trust! The animals and birds trusted one another as well as Adam.
But what a change came over them after, Adam sinned, because of his disobedience to God! Fear entered their minds, and not only were God's creatures changed, but even the trees, which had been green from creation, then lost their leaves. How sorrowful Adam must have been when be saw the Dancing Little Leaflets falling! And how sad he must have been as he watched the birds and animals hide away with fear when, he approached, and he realized that all of it was the result of his sin! They were Wild Creatures after that. Even the serpent, which had been the most beautiful of all the creatures in the Garden, of Eden, even flying about with the birds, then became Forktongue the Snake, which crawled on his belly in the dust and tried to bite Adam whenever he came near.
After Adam fell and made it necessary for God to drive him from the Garden, not only did man continue to sin, but the Wild Creatures also grew worse. Some of them are now murderers, others are thieves; in fact, if we study their daily lives, we shall find all the evils that are known to man practiced by the Wild Creatures, including such things as covetousness, infidelity, pride, deception, exaggeration, selfishness, gluttony, and many others. But if you watch as you read about them, you will see that other Wild Creatures have good traits, like playfulness, cleanliness, perseverance, humor, courage, faithfulness, kindness, and such things.
And so as we read the stories about the Wild Creatures on the Old Homestead, if some of the Furry Friends and Feathered Friends seem to be cruel and unkind to their neighbors, even trying to murder them or steal from them at times, we must remember that all of this is the result of sin.
But it is good to know that soon God will again make the Great Wide World a peaceful place in which to dwell, where all His creatures will live together as they did in the Garden of Eden. In Isaiah we read : "The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock." Verse 25.
May it be the blessed privilege of all those who have known and loved God's creatures even in this sinful world to see them and know them better in the Perfect World, the New Earth, is the sincere prayer of
Colorado, January 1, 1930.