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The Story of Creation

Genesis 1:1-23

THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD

The First Day—Light

1 God created the sky and the earth. At first, 2 the earth was completely empty. There was nothing on the earth. Darkness covered the ocean, and God’s Spirit moved overa the water. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light!” And light began to shine.b 4 He saw the light, and he knew that it was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God named the light “day,” and he named the darkness “night.”

There was evening, and then there was morning. This was the first day.

The Second Day—Sky

6 Then God said, “Let there be a spacec to separate the water into two parts!” 7 So God made the space and separated the water. Some of the water was above it, and some of the water was below it. 8 God named that space “sky.” There was evening, and then there was morning. This was the second day.

The Third Day—Dry Land and Plants

9 Then God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered together so that the dry land will appear.” And it happened. 10 God named the dry land “earth,” and he named the water that was gathered together “seas.” And God saw that this was good.

11 Then God said, “Let the earth grow grass, plants that make grain, and fruit trees. The fruit trees will make fruit with seeds in it. And each plant will make its own kind of seed. Let these plants grow on the earth.” And it happened. 12 The earth grew grass and plants that made grain. And it grew trees that made fruit with seeds in it. Every plant made its own kind of seeds. And God saw that this was good.

13 There was evening, and then there was morning. This was the third day.

The Fourth Day—Sun, Moon, and Stars

14 Then God said, “Let there be lights in the sky. These lights will separate the days from the nights. They will be used for signs to show when special meetingsd begin, and to show the days and years. 15 They will be in the sky to shine light on the earth.” And it happened.

16 So God made the two large lights. He made the larger light to rule during the day and the smaller light to rule during the night. He also made the stars. 17 God put these lights in the sky to shine on the earth. 18 He put them in the sky to rule over the day and over the night. They separated the light from the darkness. And God saw that this was good.

The Fifth Day—Fish and Birds

20 Then God said, “Let the water be filled with many living things, and let there be birds to fly in the air over the earth.” 21 So God created the large sea animals.e He created all the many living things in the sea and every kind of bird that flies in the air. And God saw that this was good.

22 God blessed all the living things in the sea and told them to have many babies and fill the seas. And he blessed the birds on land and told them to have many more babies.

23 There was evening, and then there was morning. This was the fifth day.

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a 1:2 moved over The Hebrew word means “to fly over” or “to swoop down,” like a bird flying over its nest to protect its babies.
b 1:1-3 Or “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. While 2 the earth had no special shape, and darkness covered the ocean, and God’s Spirit hovered over the water, 3 God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” Or “When God began to create the sky and the earth, 2 while the earth was completely empty, and darkness covered the ocean, and a powerful wind blew over the water, 3God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.”
c 1:6 space Or “firmament.” The Hebrew word can refer to a piece of metal that has been hammered into the shape of a bowl.
d 1:14 special meetings The Israelites used the sun and moon to decide when the months and years began. Many Israelite festivals and special meetings began at the time of the new moon or full moon.
e 1:21 large sea animals Or “sea monsters.”
What does God do?

“God does almost everything. He watches us while we’re asleep, and he watches us in the day, too. He never sleeps, and he never gets hurt. But the most important thing is he never lets us down.” Caleb, 10

“God teaches, performs miracles, creates, keeps the devil away from us, loves, gives, saves and speaks. God and angels bowl, and God rests.” Hannah, 9

“God helps us through the hard times. He gives us good times. God made everything so we can enjoy life.” Kyle, 10

“God sits on his throne. He forgives people. He listens to people’s prayers. And he loves everyone.” Trent, 10

In the very beginning of the Bible, we learn about one of the things that God does—he creates. God created the earth, the sky and EVERYTHING in the world from nothing! That’s pretty amazing. But he’s an amazing God. And you know what’s even more amazing? This amazing and powerful God loves us more than anything else in his entire creation. In fact, he loves us so much that he sent his only son Jesus to earth to die for our sins. 
 
We can live forever with God in heaven when we’re finished living on earth. Yes, God does a lot of things as Hannah, Caleb, Kyle and Trent pointed out. But the greatest thing he does is love us. 
 
Some people say God’s creation happened by chance, but how could that be? Did your bicycle come together by itself? No way! That’s silly. Someone thought about your bicycle and put it together. Someone had to think a lot about beautiful flowers, singing birds and everything else in creation. 
 
God is very smart. He thought about everything in creation. Look at how everything in creation works together. God thought about air, water, sunlight, plants, animals and people. Then, he spoke with great power, and everything appeared. 
 
Think About This: God created the sun, the moon, the stars and the earth, but you are part of his most important creation. 
 
Memorize This Truth: “God created the sky and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).
What does God’s creation tell us about him?

Bible Clue: Read Romans 1:18-23.

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