Often times we sit quietly enjoying God and His creation. We see all the wonders of nature and ponder in amazement at His beauty, intelligence and power. Then our minds drift off to and age old question that we asked our parents and that our kids ask us. Why does God create sharks? Why does He create snakes and spiders and poisonous plants, that can hurt and kill us? Good question. Ultimately, we need to trust God, His heart and His intelligence. We can, however, look at His word and try to shed some light on the subject.
In Genesis 3 we see that Adam and Eve sinned, by eating from the tree that God expressly told them not to. As a result not only were Adam and Eve cursed, as well as all mankind, but in verses 17-19, so was the earth. Genesis 3:17-19, ” And unto Adam He said. because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. ” So we see here that sin and death entered into the world.
In Genesis 1:30 we see that before this sin, every living creature, including man ate plants, fruits and vegetables. They had not yet eaten meat. Genesis 1:30, ” And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. “ Let’s go back to Genesis 3. We see in Genesis 3:21 that God killed an animal and used its skin for clothes for Adam and Eve. Death comes not only for man, as a result of the sin but for animals as well. Genesis 3:21, ” Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them. “
So far we have seen that in the beginning of creation, nothing ate meat. They only ate plants. We then saw that when Adam and Eve sinned and death entered into the world. As a result man became more and more wicked and went farther and farther from God. Ultimately, things got so bad that God decided to flood the entire earth, killing all except a select few, who would populate the earth. This was Noah and his family, who then gathered some of all living creatures and put them on an ark, while God flooded the earth. When the water dried and everyone got off the ark, God said to Noah in Genesis 9:3, ” Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. “ Now we see that people start eating meat, not just plants.
We see that in the future, when Christ returns, that things will return to a state of peace and harmony. Isaiah 65:20, ” There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed. “ This is telling us that a person that is 100 years old is still a child. Not only are they a child but they are an infant. Isaiah 65:25, ” The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD. “ So now we see in this future time that no animals will kill. They will eat plants and live together in harmony. This shows us that in a perfect state, all those things that are dangerous, sharks, snakes, spiders and poisonous plants, are not dangerous.
So the answer to our question seems to be that God created sharks to be peaceful but because of the result of man’s sin, all this changed. However look forward to the future and consider this thought: as amazing as God’s creation is now, imagine what it will be like in a perfect state, not affected by the sin of man.