17 October 2021
Pastor Joseph Benjamin Ansah
The word "creature," as it occurs in the New Testament, is the translation and also the exact English equivalent of the Greek Grk: ktisis, or Grk: ktisma, from Grk: ktizo, "to create." In the Old Testament, on the other hand, it stands for words which have in the original no reference to creation, but which come from other roots. Grk: Nephesh, "living creature" (literally, "a breathing thing"), occurs in the accounts of the Creation and the Flood and at the close of the lists of clean and unclean animals in Lev 11:46. Heb: Chay, "living creature" (literally, "a living thing"), occurs 13 times in Ezek 1; 3 and 10 (see CREATURE, LIVING). Heb: Sherets, "moving creature" (literally, "a swarming thing," generally rendered "creeping thing," which see), occurs once in Gen 1:20. Heb: 'Ochim, "doleful creatures," occurs once only in Isa 13:21. It appears to be an onomatopoetic word referring to the mournful sounds emitted by the animals in question. From the context it is fair to suppose that owls may be the animals referred to. Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.