The Chicken Came First!
Ever heard something that just made you chuckle, and at the same time, warm your heart so much you gave praise and thanks to God? We were watching the news yesterday when the upcoming headline was announced, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?“. The headline left me waiting for the answer as they switched to commercial.
While we waited for the news to return, I said to my brother, “Here they go again with these wasted researches that we already have an answer to, the chicken came first, don’t they know that?”. My brother and I had a nice laugh, then reflected on why we knew the chicken came first; I explained that maybe everyone does not know the reason why we have that conclusion in our heads, but it just seemed so obvious to us.
Bible believing Christians would agree with me that the chicken had to exist before the egg, because of what God tells us in the creation accounts recorded in Genesis. The accounts in Genesis explain to us that God created fully mature systems, so we would not ask, for example…”who came first, the dog or the puppy?”. We know that God created fully mature dogs, trees, cattle wild beast, human beings etc., then each species multiplied and filled the earth.
“And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds.
And God saw that it was good.Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” ~ Genesis 1:24-28
The news resumed and we eagerly waited for the findings by the scientist and to my surprise, the newscaster said, “British scientist spent millions of dollars and a super computer and came up with a definitive answer…The chicken came first!” Here is the full report.
“It is an age-old riddle that has perplexed generations: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Now British scientists claim to have finally come up with the definitive answer: The chicken. The scientific and philosophical mystery was reportedly unraveled by researchers at Sheffield and Warwick universities, according to the Daily Mail newspaper. The scientists found that a protein found only in a chicken’s ovaries is necessary for the formation of the egg, according to the paper Wednesday. The egg can therefore only exist if it has been created inside a chicken. The protein speeds up the development of the hard shell, which is essential in protecting the delicate yolk and fluids while the chick grows inside the egg.” – msnbc.com
I rejoiced when I heard the scientific findings, because it confirmed in a strong way, that the Word of God is precious, good and true. We can rely on what is stated on its pages and most of all, we can place our trust in it; no matter how the world tries to suppress the truths that lies within its pages.
Another important fact about chickens and their eggs is that the eggs actually need the chicken to hatch. Chickens, like most birds, brood (sit on) their clutch of eggs to ensure that they develop properly. If the eggs are not maintained at 37°C (99°F) for 21 days, they will fail. Chickens lay one egg a day. The hen will delay brooding her eggs until she has accumulated her whole clutch of perhaps ten eggs. The first-laid eggs stay alive, but do not develop at the lower temperature. This ensures that all the eggs will hatch at about the same time, a tremendous advantage in the wild, where it is important to leave the nest soon after the chicks have hatched. Today hatcheries use Incubators to duplicate the actions of the Chicken.
The final line in the news report tickled me even more…
“No word as yet from the UK as to where the chicken came from.”
My simple answer to that question, the chicken came from the mouth of God…, He said, “Let there be chicken”, and there was chicken!