Wednesday: The Creation Completed
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After the Creation was completed in six days (we will study the creation of humanity later), we find the first mention in the Bible of the seventh day. Read Genesis 2:1-3. Notice especially verse 1, which emphasizes the The Hebrew word for rest in this text is shabath, which is closely related to the word for Sabbath. It … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Creation of the Land Animals
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In Genesis 1:24-31, terrestrial animals and humans were created on the sixth day. As with the correlation between the second and fifth days, a correlation is also seen between the division of the land and sea on the third day and the filling of the land on the sixth day. One is reminded again of the … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Creation of Air and Water Animals
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Read Genesis 1:20-23. What evidence, if any, exists in the texts that would imply randomness? The waters and the atmosphere were populated on the fifth day of Creation. Many have seen a relationship between the second and fifth Creation days. The waters were separated by the atmosphere on the second day, and both were filled with … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Sun, Moon and Stars
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Read Genesis 1:14-19. What actions are mentioned on the fourth day of Creation? How are we to make sense of this, especially given our present understanding of the physical world? The fourth day has probably been discussed more than any of the other six Creation days. If the sun was created on the fourth day, what … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: The Creation Completed
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Read for This Week’s Study: Genesis 1, Ps. 8:3, Rom. 8:19-22, Lev. 11:14-22, Gen. 2:1-3,Mark 2:28. Memory Text: “By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work” ( Genesis 2:2, NIV). This week’s lesson reviews the Bible’s brief description of the last three Creation days and the Sabbath … [Click to read more …]

Further Study: Creation: Forming the World
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Though Scripture doesn’t explicitly say it, we have good biblical reasons for believing that the universe existed long before life on earth began. First, in Job 38:4-6, God states that there were living beings who shouted for joy when God formed the world. This implies preexisting beings who lived in the universe before the earth was created. The reference to … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: A Card, Garage Door and a $50 Bill
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When Dennis Hulett stepped into the baptistery set up on the lawn of his new home church in Wisconsin in the United States, dozens of his new church friends watched with tears in their eyes. It had been a miraculous journey for Dennis—a journey involving an invitation card, a garage door, and a $50 bill. … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: God’s All-Powerful Word
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What do the following texts teach us about the power of God’s word? 2 Cor. 4:6 Isa. 55:11 2 Pet. 3:5 The Bible teaches that God created out of nothing (ex nihilo), by the power of His word and without conflict or resistance in any form. This view of creation is unique to the Hebrews among all the … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Space for Living
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Read Genesis 1:9-13.Try to envision the incredible creative power of God as He is doing that which is described in this text. How does this account give a logical answer to the old question, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” Previous to this time, the earth was covered with water. In order to provide … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Heaven Created
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“Then God said, ‘Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.’ Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. … [Click to read more …]