[Thought questions for The Creation Completed January 16, 2013]
1. Finished. Do you think God was exhausted when He finished the work of creation on this earth? Or was he enormously relieved and filled with satisfaction? What is the most important benefit of the Sabbath–to God? to man? Does a Sabbath day of rest fit best at the end of the regular week? Why? Should we thank God not only for creating the Sabbath, as magnificent and holy as it is, but also for establishing a seven-day week?Why?
2. Sun, moon, stars. Why is the work of the fourth day of creation discussed more than that of any other day? From believing that God created all aspects of the cosmos in one day to being sure that He revealed the celestial bodies already present, where do you place your belief? Since the Bible doesn’t tell us, does that make it unimportant? Do you anticipate asking God many questions about how the fourth day came to be? Will He answer your questions?
3. Air and water animals. Once clean air was provided along with abundant water between land masses, did God have enough raw material to create birds, fish and other air and water creature? Or did He create them from nothing and then place these creatures in the air or the water? Scientists have tried to copy key features of birds and fish to help us build better and faster airplane and ships? Have they been successful? What is missing in their attempts?
4. Land animals. Were more or fewer types of animals created during that first week than what we see around us today? Have you ever heard the concept, “fixity of species,” taught in creation-believing churches? Until I read this lesson, I didn’t realize we now accept at least limited interbreeding of species as a fact of life well demonstrated in nature. Should that affect our respect of our creator? Or of our church’s firm belief in God as the ultimate creator of all that lives?
5. Creation completed. For God to announce the end of creation week, does that imply He had a plan all along? Or was Creation week the spontaneous out-breaking of God’s creative abilities? Was the Sabbath God’s natural conclusion to a week of nonstop creative effort? Or was it a gift to us? How tired was God? How tired are you and I at the end of a week? What makes Sabbath especially enjoyable to you?
6. The literal day. Why is it important for us as Seventh-day Adventists to accept the first Sabbath as a literal, 24-hour day? Do you find a hopeless incongruity between creation week extending over thousands of years and the Sabbath taking just one literal 24-hour day? If you do, how do you explain your position to a person who believes in a long creation? Can a person with such a belief be saved? How?
7. Keep thinking. Did you read, carefully, the second full paragraph for Friday’s lesson? This passage tells us that the fossil record does not repeat the same succession of life as does the Creation week account. For example, in the fossil record, “water creatures come before plants and land creatures come before air creatures,” and flowering plants and trees come last. Does this observation build a case for a seven-day Creation week? How?