1. The Creation of the World

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Bible Story 1

Title: The Creation of the World
Bible Passage: Genesis chapter 1 verse 1 – chapter 2 verse 3

And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.

Genesis chapter 1 verse 31

The Story 

beautiful landscape of ocean and cliffs

How did this world begin? This is recorded in “Genesis”, a book in the Old Testament of the Bible. In the beginning, water covered the earth, and the world was surrounded by darkness. God first shined light on this dark world, naming them day and night. This is how time started in the world. This was the first day. God created the sky on day two. He called this heaven. On the third day, He divided the land and the sea. Many flowers burst into bright colours that day, and the trees became lush with leaves. On the fourth day, God created the moon and the sun, and placed many sparkling stars around the moon. On day five, He created the creatures of the sea and the birds of the sky.

ocean animals

After God had prepared the environment in which man was to live, on day six, He created the animals of the land the first human. God created man in His image. He also gave him the responsibility to manage all other living things. God desired for people to fill the earth. God saw this completed world and was content in its beauty. On day seven, he celebrated the day as a holy day, and rested from His work of creation.

The Lesson

giraffe

Point: God created the earth for man!

The world is divided between two theories – creation, with is based on the teachings of the Bible, and evolution, which is based on the theory that creatures came from gradual change. Japanese education teaches evolution, while the Bible teaches creation. In the passages talking about plants and animals (Genesis chapter 1, verses 11, 12, 21, 24, 25) , we see the phrase “after his kind” used multiple times. All plants and animals were created as multiple, separate kinds. It was not that one kind changed into another.
We see some people worship the moon, stars and sun as a form of incarnated god. But the Bible teaches that these are also part of creation. Worship should be directed to the Creator God, not to the objects of His creation.

By Grace: God created the world for us

parents holding a new baby

One of my friends had a new baby recently. I was excited, even before the baby was born, about what I would buy them as a gift. I would think to myself “One couldn’t have too many bibs,” or “This might be for when the baby’s a little older, but what a cute toothbrush!” I searched here and there, trying to find a gift that would make the parents happy. In the end, I settled on a practical and yet gorgeous “nappy cake” and celebrated their baby’s birth (^^♪ If I was this excited, then imagine how much more so the parents would have been, gathering together all the necessities. The parents would have spent months, preparing the perfect environment for the baby, thinking of a perfect name, and waiting for it to be born.

bluebird sitting on a branch

God also went about preparing a perfect environment for man, in a similar way. I am reminded of how sure God’s works are when I see those trees which stood lonely and bare through the winter burst forth with leaves and life in spring. God’s designs are beautiful artworks, both precise and detailed. When looking at our surroundings filled with all the necessities of life, such as water, light and food, one can see God intentionally created it so. And we feel the love of God embedded in each on of those considerations for man. God didn’t just create this world with with the ability to sustain our needs – He was creative in every area, providing us a world we could enjoy. The scenery changes with the changing of seasons, and the tweets of the birds make our hearts dance. Flowers are always in a good mood sending us their fragrances, and the sunshine pouring down provides the world with energy. God wanted us to fully enjoy this world, and breathed life into all of His wonderful pieces of art. God is pleased when He sees us enjoying His creation. Who is God that he would build such a beautiful world? I cannot but continue reading the Bible with a deep desire to know Him more…!!

Application: I thank God for the world He created!

O give thanks unto the Lord;

for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Psalm 136 verses 1 and 5
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