Sabbath school lesson 4, creation, a biblical theme
Lesson 4 for January 26, 2013
We find two apparentlydifferent creation The second storystories in Genesis 1:1 to explains that2:3 and Genesis 2:4-25. everything God created (heaven, earth, vegetables, animalsIf we carefully study and even Sabbath) wasthose stories we may created for man. Wefind out that the first were created to liveone is a general story of forever joyful inthe creation of the fellowship with Godworld; the second one and our neighbors.explains some detailsabout the creation ofman.
Genesis 2:4-6 summarizes the first 5 days of Creation. It emphasizes the creation ofplants and the atmospheric conditions that made life on Earth possible.Genesis 2:7-25 add details about the sixth day of Creation that were not told in thefirst story. He creates and He creates the He teaches furnishes a He creates woman. Adam Adam the basic God creates home for animals to live and Eve moral laws that Adam (Gn. 2:7) Adam, the with man become “one will rule his life garden of Eden (Gn. 2:18-20) flesh” (Gn. 2:16-17) (Gn. 2:8-15) (Gn. 2:21-25)Genesis 2:4-25 details the story in Genesis 1, “So God created man in His own image; inthe image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Gn. 1:27)
We find direct and oblique references to the story of Creation in the entire Bible.The biblical authors considered that story to be true and literal. They were based on it when buildinggreater arguments.Let’s study some references of creation throughout the entire Bible. We’ll order them by each day ofCreation.
“The world and all its fullness, You have founded them” (Psalm 89:11) “Thus says God the Lord, Who created the heavens and stretched them out” (Is. 42:5) “I am the Lord, who makes all things, Who stretches out the heavens all alone, Who spreads abroad the earth by Myself” (Is. 44:24) “For thus says the Lord, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain, Who formed it to be inhabited: “I am the Lord, and there is no other.”” (Is. 45:18) “He has made the earth by His power; He has established the world by His wisdom, and stretched out the heaven by His understanding” (Jer. 51:15)“Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great powerand outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You” (Jer. 32:17)
“I fear the Lord, the God ofheaven, who made the seaand the dry land” (Jon. 1:9) “For in those days there will be tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the creation which God created“All things were made until this time” (Mr. 13:19)through Him, andwithout Him nothingwas made that was “God, whomade” (John 1:3) made the world and everything in it” (Acts 17:24) “You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were“who created heaven and the things that created” (Rev. 4:11)are in it, the earth and the things that are init, and the sea and the things that are in it” “worship Him who made heaven and earth,(Rev. 10:6) the sea and springs of water” (Rev. 14:7)
GENESIS 1:1-2 “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?” (Job 38:4) “You who laid the foundations of the earth, so that it should not be moved forever, You covered it with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains” (Psalm 104:5-6) “the Lord, who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth” (Zec. 12:1) “by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water” (2P. 3:5)
Genesis 1:3-5“Where is the way to the dwelling of light?And darkness, where is its place?” (Job38:19) “Who cover Yourself with light as with a garment” (Psalm 104:2)“He who makes the morning darkness, Whotreads the high places of the earth—the Lord “God who commanded light to shineGod of hosts is His name” (Am. 4:13) out of darkness” (2Co. 4:6)
Genesis 1:6-8“Who stretch out the heavens like a curtain” (Psalm 104:2) “He who… creates the wind… The Lord God of hosts is His name” (Am. 4:13)
“You have set all the borders of the earth” (Psalm 74:17) “At Your rebuke they *the waters+ Genesis 1:9-13 “When I fixed My limit for it *the fled; at the voice of Your thunder they sea], and set bars and doors; When hastened away. They went up over I said, ‘This far you may come, but the mountains; they went down into no farther, and here your proud the valleys, to the place which You waves must stop!’” (Job 38:10-11) founded for them. You have set a boundary that they may not pass over, that they may not return to cover the earth” (Psalm 104:7-9)“He causes the grass to grow forthe cattle, and vegetation for theservice of man” (Psalm 104:14) “For He has founded it *the dry land+ upon the seas, and established it upon the waters” (Psalm 24:2)“He who forms mountains… The LordGod of hosts is His name” (Am. 4:13)
“Have you commanded the morning since your days began, and caused the dawn to know its place?” (Job 38:12) THE FOURTH DAY Genesis 1:14-19 “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained” (Psalm 8:3) “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) “He appointed the moon for seasons;“The day is Yours, the night also is Yours; the sun knows itsYou have prepared the light and the sun… going down”You have made summer and winter” (Psalm 104:19)(Psalm 74:16-17)“I—My hands—stretched out the heavens, andall their host I have commanded” (Is. 45:12)
Genesis 1:20-23 “There is that Leviathan which You have made to play there *in the sea+” (Psalm 104:26)
Genesis 1:24-31 Genesis 2:7-25“You have made him *man+ to have dominion over the “I have made the earth, andworks of Your hands; You have put all things under his created man on it” (Is. 45:12)feet” (Psalm 8:6) “I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are on the ground, by My great power and by My outstretched arm, and have given it to whom it seemed proper to Me” (Jer. 27:5) “the Lord… forms the“And He answered and said to them, “Have spirit of man within him”you not read that He who made them at the (Zec. 12:1)beginning ‘made them male and female,’and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave “He has made fromhis father and mother and be joined to his one blood everywife, and the two shall become one flesh’?” nation of men”(Mt. 19:4-5) (Acts 17:26) “For “the two,” He says, “shall become one flesh.”” (1Co. 6:16) “The first man Adam became a living being” (1Co. 15:45)“For this reason a man shall leave his fatherand mother and be joined to his wife, and “men, who have been made in thethe two shall become one flesh” (Eph. 5:31) similitude of God” (James 3:9)
THE SEVENTH DAY Genesis 2:1-3“And He said to them, “The “For He has spoken in a certain place ofSabbath was made for man, the seventh day in this way: “And God and not man for the rested on the seventh day from all His Sabbath”” (Mr. 2:27) works”” (Heb. 4:4)
Understanding our origins is so important that God had it placed as thefirst subject in the Bible, and the message of the Bible is based on thehistoricity of the Creation account.Think through the implicationsof our origins and why gettingthem right is so important toour understanding of who weare, why we are here, and whatwe can hope for in a world that,in and of itself, offers no hopeat all.The wonders of creation helpus in trusting the amazing loveand power of God.