#78 In the Beginning
Text: Genesis 1; Psalm 33:6,9; Colossians 1:16
Prop: a poster of The Lord Creating out of the Sea or a†globe of the world
Summary: The story of creation.
Have you ever wondered how we got here? The Bible tells us that God has always been here and always will be with us. God loved us so much he wanted to create a beautiful place for us to live so we could learn to love Him. God thought of everything. In fact, Jesus was with God the Father in the beginning and it was by Jesus that all things were made, whether seen or not seen. (Colossians 1:16)
Now God has always done things decently and in order. God can do anything just by speaking the words or thinking it up. The very first verse in the Bible says In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. He just called it into being from nothing. Psalm 33:6 says By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. And then in verse 9 it says† For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.† Wow! What an awesome God we serve! He just spoke the words and they came to be from nothing!
The first thing God did after creating heaven and earth was to form light. We know that light is made of many different kinds of light: visible light, x-rays, ultraviolet light, gamma rays, microwaves, and more. And imagine this: He had not even made the sun yet! Then he started spinning the earth so we could measure time, a day and a night. That was the first day. Then God made a water vapor above the earth that we call the atmosphere. It would protect the surface of the earth and give us air to breathe. That was the second day. Then God moved the water around into seas and oceans and pulled up the dirt to form dry land. Then he made trees and plants and food. That was the third day. Then he made the stars and the sun and moon so the plants could grow. He made billions of stars and stretched out the universe so far we could never see the end of it. That was the fourth day.
Then God made fish and whales and everything in the sea. He made millions of different kinds of fish and sea creatures. Then he made a whole bunch of birds of many colors and taught them how to fly. That was the fifth day. Then God made all the land animals, and reptiles and insects. Even the slimy bugs and snakes... Yuck! And to top it all off God made the first man, Adam, and Eve from a rib in his side. He put them in charge of all that He made to take care of the earth. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. (verse 31) That was the sixth day.
And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. (Genesis 2:2) It only took God seven days to do all that! He could have done it in the snap of his fingers, but he intentionally took seven days to give us what we call a week. He knew we would need a day of rest, so he gave us the example to rest every seven days so we wouldn't wear ourselves out working all the time. God didn't need millions of years for things to evolve, he is the Great Designer of everything that is. And God loved us so much he even made YOU! We love you, and God loves you. And that's how everything was made!
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