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 an on-looking universe in 1 Corinthians 4:9 may refer to the same group of beings. Second, the serpent was present in the Garden of Eden before Adam [...]

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

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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 peoples of the ancient world. Most nonbiblical creation stories tell of conflict and violence in creation. For example, the ancient Babylonians had [...]

Wednesday: Space for Living
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Read Genesis 1:9-13.Try to envision the incredible creative power of God

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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 living space for the humans that God planned to create, He changed the surface of the earth to produce basins that [...]

02: Creation: Forming the World – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Our understanding of God’s design in creation helps us in our view of God and how we relate to Him..

[Teaching Plan for Creation: Forming the World January 7, 2013]

1. Have a volunteer read Genesis 1:3-5.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Was the Universe in existence before God created the earth and its atmosphere (heaven)?
C. Personal Application: What are your favorite aspects of the daylight [...]

Tuesday: The Heaven Created
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“Then God said, ‘Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters,

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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. So the evening and the morning were the second day”(Gen. 1:6-8, NKJV).

God created the firmament, appointed its function, and gave [...]

Monday: Let There Be Light
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“Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. And God saw

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the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day (Gen. 1:3-5, NKJV). What do these verses teach us about the first day of Creation?

Numerous points can be inferred from this passage.

First, light appeared in response to God’s [...]

Sunday: Without Form and Void
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“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was

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without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters” (Gen. 1:1, 2, NKJV).What do these verses reveal about the earth before the Lord began creating life on it?

The Bible starts with the story of Creation, and the Creation story starts with a statement that God is Creator. [...]

Sabbath: Creation: Forming the World
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Read for This Week’s Study: Gen. 1:1-13, Isa. 45:18, 1 John 1:5, Rev. 22:5, 2 Cor. 4:6, 2 Pet. 3:5, Job 38:4-6.

Memory Text: “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’ “ (Isaiah 45:18, NKJV).

Scientists are increasingly impressed by the fitness of the world for living creatures. And no wonder, for design [...]