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Lessons from Genesis Chapter 1: God Made the World

Genesis 1:1-2: In the Beginning

The first five books of the Christian bible are called the Torah in the Jewish faith. These books are also sometimes referred to as "the law," in biblical discussion.

From these verses we learn some important clues about the creation story. First, the world was dark and filled with nothing but water. There was no light, no shape, no land. Second, God had decided to make something. He would create the heaven and the earth, because He knew there would need to be a place for children to run and animals live. He also knew that He would need a heaven to live in while He looked over his children.

Note: Verse 2 speaks of the "Spirit of God." This eludes to the trinity, or God being separate from His Spirit, while also being one with it.

The First Day: Let There Be Light Coloring Page for Free

Genesis 1:3-5: God Made Day and Night on the 1st Day

Because of God's awesome power, all that was needed for him to create light was for him to speak the words. So, at this moment He has created daytime and nighttime for people and animals to experience.

The Second Day: Let There Be Sky and Sea

Genesis 1:6-8: God Made the Sky on the 2nd Day

God needed a sky for the birds to fly and a way to separate the water, so he made a space above the water. Each time you look into the sky, you can know that God made this on the second day. This would also be a space for the sun, moon and stars that God will make later.

The Third Day

Genesis 1:9-13: God Made Land and Plants on the 3rd Day

God created land because he knew he would soon be making humans and he needed a place for them to walk and run. There were hills, mountains, valleys and fields. God was pleased with all of it. Now the oceans and seas had their own place, being separated by land.

He made the trees and the plants to provide food for animals and humans. On the land there were flowers, and fruit trees ripe with cherries, apples and pears. Grains, vegetables, and fruits could be found on the dry land, all bearing food for the animals and the people God would soon make.

We see the phrase, "according to their kinds," here. God is saying he created everything for a very special purpose. He created apple seeds to become apple trees. He created apple trees to yield apple fruit, not oranges. In this way, God made all the plants for their own special purpose on earth.

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Day 4: God Created The Sun, Moon, and Stars, to Mark the Days, Years and Seasons

Genesis 1:14-19: God Created the Sun, Moon and Stars on the 4th Day

God made the moon and stars to shine at night and the sun to light the day. God placed these beautiful lights above us in the sky. Not only did he make them to give us bright light for the day and dim light for the night, but he also made them to mark time of days, months and years as they rise and set.

How often do you look at the beauty of the sunset and know that a miracle so beautiful could only be created by an awesome God? The stars and sky would eventually light the way for the wise men to find Jesus. The same stars shine for you each night as you are sleeping.

The 5th Day God Created Birds and Creatures of the Sea; The 6th Day God Created Animals on the Land


Genesis 1:20-23: God Created Living Creatures of the Sea and Sky on the 5th Day

God created all the fish to swim in the lakes and all the whales to splash in the ocean. All the waters of the world were filled with creatures to swim about. Seeing that this was good, God also created birds to fly about in the sky. How beautiful it was to see the fluttering through the sky.

God tells the creatures to move about according to their kinds. Have you ever seen herds of animals of walking together, or schools of fish swimming together. God tells the sparrows, geese, starlings, and finches to fly together with each other. He also tells the dolphins, trout, and walleye to swim together in groups according to their kinds. These groups of birds and animals help each other.

God blessed these creatures and told them to be grow in numbers as they filled the skies and seas.

"20 And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” 23 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.

Genesis 1:24-31: God Created Living Creatures of the Land on the 6th Day

God made all the animals of the world and he created them in their own kind. He made horses to live as horses and dogs to live as dogs. All the animals are unique and divinely created for their own purpose here on earth. He made birds to lay eggs and dogs to bark. He made horses to run and monkeys to climb.

God looked around at the beautiful world that he created and he saw that it was very good and beautiful. He decided to create people to rule over the earth and all the creatures in it.

So, God created Adam, which means human in Hebrew. God gave humans His first blessing to be fruitful and multiply. This means that he wants us to have many children and grow in number, just as he told the birds and fish to do. Is it any surprise that evil forces in the world attempt to prevent mankind from fulfilling this blessing? We have been called to flourish in the beautiful world He created for us.

By the end of the sixth day, God has taken all the darkness and nothingness that previously existed and turned it into a beautiful and miraculous world with sky, earth, fish, plants, and animals. He created humans in his own image and gave us the authority to act as his representatives ruling over the earth.

Note: In Genesis 1:26 God again references the trinity in a powerful way. He refers to Himself in plural form when he says in our image and our likeness.

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