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The Way the World Began

August 15, 2020

DISCOVERING OUR ROOTS

Alex Haley spent more than a decade tracing his roots on three continents. He patched together bits and pieces of his family history as passed down through the centuries by word of mouth, census records, and family wills.

In time he discovered that in the year 1767 his ancestor had been kidnapped on the Gambia River in Africa, transported on a British slave ship to Annapolis, Maryland, and in 1768 sold to John Waller, of Richmond, Virginia. . . .

Our identity has its roots in the origin of life. Revelation reveals an amazing heavenly scene. Heavenly beings are praising God in the throne room of the universe. Their song of praise echoes throughout the heavens: “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created” (Revelation 4:11).

We are not some genetic accident. We are not some freak of nature. We are children of God, fashioned by a loving Creator. “For in Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).

Life is a gift from God. Every breath, every heartbeat, every second of life flows from the heart of a gracious Father. We did not create ourselves. We did not will ourselves into existence. We exist by the will of God, who has a plan for our lives.

Today we can praise Him for the gift of life. We can praise Him as our loving Creator and kind Father. We are not homeless orphans or shackled slaves. We are children of God, and no one in this world can take that away from us.—Mark Finley, Solid Ground, p. 316.

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Sabbath

FOR STUDY

Memory Text: “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth” (Psalm 33:6, NKJV).

Our Beliefs, no. 6, Creation: “God has revealed in Scripture the authentic and historical account of His creative activity. He created the universe, and in a recent six-day creation the Lord made ‘the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them’ and rested on the seventh day. . . . When the world was finished it was ‘very good,’ declaring the glory of God.”

Ellen G. White, Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing, p. 48

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Sunday

RESPONDING

Read Genesis 2:4.

From time to time people will sit down and debate in a formal setting. To begin the debate, each opponent has a long opening argument in which they outline their position and give support to their argument. Suppose that you were asked to defend the position on the Bible’s teaching about the literal six-day Creation at a debate in your school. You want to show both the logical necessity of Creation and the beauty of God’s love. What ideas would you use to promote God’s truth regarding Creation? How would you combine God’s love with the facts described in the Bible account of Creation.

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Monday

BIBLE ANSWERS ON CREATION

Read Genesis chapters 1 and 2; Revelation 14:7.

God is the Creator of the universe, of our world, and of humanity. Every other suggestion of how the world began is man’s way of denying and rejecting God. We must be careful to honor and worship God as our Creator. Beginning in Genesis, through the Scriptures, to Revelation, He calls us to be faithful to Him.

How do you recognize, honor, and worship God, our Creator?

Separate the following two verses and write them on the lines below. Both are from the New King James Version.

and in Him all things consist/ “For thus says the Lord/ And He is before all things/ who created the heavens/ Colossians /through Him and for Him/ who is God/ who formed the earth and made it/1:16, 17/All things were created/who has established it/whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers/Isaiah/visible and invisible/who did not create it in vain/that are in heaven and that are on earth/who formed it to be inhabited/45:18/For by Him all things were created/I am the Lord, and there is no other

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Tuesday

REFLECTING

Read Psalm 148:5.

The idea that we have a Creator who loves us should impact every area of our lives. Moreover, God sent His Son to die for us and for the whole world. We look around us and see so much beauty. Even in a sinful world we are surrounded by God’s majesty and splendor. When we believe in creation instead of evolution, we can be sure that we have a purpose on this earth; we are all part of God’s plan. We can think of God as someone who loved us enough to create us.

Genesis 1, 2 says everything started with God, and in Revelation (see Revelation 14:7) it will end with God. In Psalms, we are challenged to worship God as our Creator. In the Ten Commandments, we have a reminder to worship our Creator. In John 1:1-3, 14 the Creator is connected to the Savior who came to earth to live and die for us. For centuries believers have never questioned the origin of the earth or the belief in God—until lately. Why? Because many people today do not want to follow and obey God. So they put their hands over their ears and cover their eyes to hide from God’s truth? But we are not God, and it is He that knows the beginning from the end and what is best for each of us. Read Hebrews 11:3.

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Wednesday

BIBLE INSIGHTS

Match each verse with a phrase. The verses are taken from the New International Version (available at www.BibleGateway.com).

A. 1 John 2:20-22

B. Genesis 2:4

C. Titus 1:1-3

D. Genesis 5:2

E. Colossians 1:15-17

F. Psalm 148:5

G. Romans 1:25

H. Isaiah 42:5, 6

“This is the account of the heavens and the earth . . .”

“He created them male and female . . .”

“Let them praise the name of the Lord . . .”

“This is what God the Lord says . . .”

“They exchanged the truth of God for a lie. . . .”

“The Son is the image of the invisible God . . .”

“Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ . . .”

“But you have an anointing from the Holy One . . .”

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Thursday

CONNECTING

Read Isaiah 40:26.

Review the memory text

God couldn’t conceive of living in a world without you, and so He created you. You are the crowning work of God’s creation. The Creation story tells us not only how the world began, it tells us also that God loved us enough to create a whole world for us, and to make us in His image. The Bible tells us that we are all the children of God, and the Creation story explains that thought in a literal way.

More important than the significance of the geological column, or at what depth fossils are buried, is the simple message of God’s love that the Creation story brings. When we corrupted the perfect world God had created for us, God decided that He would rather let His own Son die than to let us, His children, be lost forever. The beauty of the Creation story is in God’s love for you.

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Friday

APPLYING

Read Romans 1:25.

There are many that choose to turn away from God’s Word—they are intent on doing what they want and do not follow God. They come up with alternatives to what God’s Word says about Creation and His plan for us. See Romans 1:25. God has given us all we need to believe and follow Him, but He also allows us to choose. When we turn away from Him to do our own thing, we will have to suffer the consequences of those choices. God’s love and His law are perfect. See Psalm 19.

Suppose one of your friends comes to you questioning the biblical account of Creation. What can you tell them from your understanding of the Bible account?

Using your Bible, give your supportive reasons you believe in the biblical account of Creation.