A New World
Genesis 1:1-25; Patriarchs and Prophets, pp. 44, 45
“God is love” is written upon all He made.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).
Have you ever been in a very dark place? No light anywhere? That is just what it was like when God began to create our world.
God looked at the dark, watery space. It was time to put His plans for earth into motion. Then God said, “Let there be light.” And suddenly there was a bright light. God separated the light from the darkness. He called the light day and the darkness night. This was the first day of Creation.
God looked around. Water covered everything. He spoke and the waters divided, forming the sky. This was the second day of Creation. God looked at the watery world. He said, “Let the water under the sky be separated and let dry ground appear.” As He spoke, it happened. God called the waters “seas” and the dry ground “land.” God looked at the land and the seas, and He saw that it was good.
Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. God looked at the plants and trees, and saw that it was good. This was the third day of Creation.
God looked up at the sky. “Let there be lights in the heavens to separate day and night,” He said. “They will light the earth and mark seasons, days, and years.” God made two great lights. The sun was the brighter light to shine during the day. The moon was the weaker light to shine at night. God also made the stars. God looked at the sun, the moon, and the stars and saw that it was good. This was the fourth day of Creation.
God said, “Let the seas and the rivers be filled with living creatures. Let birds fill the air with their songs.” God looked at all the creatures that live in the water. He watched the birds. “That’s good!” He said. God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number. Fill the seas, the rivers, and the sky.” This was the fifth day of Creation.
God said, “Let the land produce living creatures—livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals.” God looked at them and saw that they were good. Then God said, “Let us make people in our image. They will rule over the fish of the sea, the birds, the livestock, the animals that creep on the ground, and all other living things.”
God created man and woman (next week’s lesson will give the details of how that happened) and blessed them saying, “Be fruitful and increase in number. Fill the earth and rule over it. I give you all the seed-bearing plants and fruits of the trees for food. I give every creature every green plant for food.” God looked at everything that He had made, and it was very good. This was the sixth day of Creation.
God made the world in six days. When He finished making it beautiful, He gave it to Adam and Eve to care for. God still gives us wonderful gifts today because He loves us. When we see the wonderful things in nature, let’s remember that God’s love is shown by the things He has made.