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How Did Adam Know What to Name the Animals?

Updated on September 11, 2016

God Gave Adam the Task of Naming the Animals

. . . And 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 the cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field . . . (Genesis 2:19-20)

Beast of the Field
Beast of the Field | Source

Most people know that Adam named the animals, but Adam had never seen an animal before, so how did he know what to name them? Hopefully, this article will help solve the mystery of how Adam knew what to name the animals.

A close study of the above scriptures lets us know several things.

  1. The animals consisted of every breast of the field. This did not include house pets such as dogs, cats, etc.
  2. Adam named the animal group and not every animal within that group.
  3. Adam was responsible for naming every fowl of the air but he cannot be given credit for naming the different kinds of fish or sea creatures. Review the scriptures above.
  4. Adam did not have to go out to find the animals he named. God brought the animals to Adam and left it up to Adam to name them.

Horses | Source

Adam Did Not Name All Animals We See Today

Adam did not name all animals we see on earth today. He named only the groups. For example, he did not name every kind of animal. He did not name the many species we see today.

Adam's only task at that time was just to name the animals. Naming the animals was an object lesson for Adam. God wanted Adam to know that he was different from the animals. Notice God had not created Eve when Adam was given this major task. God deliberately did it this way so that Adam would readily see that Eve was different when she was created. It was to demonstrate to Adam that animals were quite different from humans.

Sheep Named By Adam
Sheep Named By Adam | Source

How Adam Knew What To Name the Animals

When God created Adam, he was not a baby. He was already a mature human. He didn't have to learn to crawl, walk, or talk like babies have to do today. God programmed within Adam everything Adam needed to know so God could communicate with Adam as soon as he was created. That's why God could communicate with Adam about not eating from the tree in the midst of the garden.

Bird of the Air
Bird of the Air | Source

God will help us in our assignment by bringing our animals to us.

How Adam Could Name All Animals At One Time

Adam knew what to name the animals because of God. Notice, God helped Adam with his task. God brought the animals to Adam. Adam did not have to go out and find them. In other words, God assisted Adam with his task just as God helps us when He has commanded us to do something.

So go ahead and name the animals (your task) that God has assigned to your hands.

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