LESSON 01 – Creation – Genesis 1 & 2

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LESSON 01 – Creation – Genesis 1 & 2

(NOTE: The lessons that cover the first 11 chapters of Genesis will reference a book, Genesis: Finding Our Roots, by Ruth Beechik. You can purchase this book at: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/094031911X/002-2148983-8501635?v=glance&n=283155. It is not necessary to have the book, though, to do these lessons. For reference: pages 24-34 of Genesis: Finding Our Roots)

Discussion

There are many, many things to discuss in this first lesson.  Try to take in consideration the age of your child, how much they already know about Genesis and what would be the things they might not know and need to understand at this point in their life.

  • Who wrote the book of Genesis? – Genesis was compiled and written by Moses, who wrote also the books of Exodus, Numbers, Leviticus and Deuteronomy, which make up the Pentateuch or “Books of Moses”. Older students: Refer to pages 29-30 of Genesis: Finding Our Roots for specific information about how Moses put together the book of Genesis.
  • Make a list of all the things God created during the six days of creation.(1:1-2:3) Note that the earth was created before the sun, moon and stars!  Older students: What significance do the words “after their kind” have in 1:21, 24, 25? (God created species and there are no cross-overs from fish to birds to reptiles, etc.)
  • What was God’s opinion about everything He had made? (1:31) (It was good.)
  • Origin of the week – Why do we have a 7 day week? All people from all over the world have had a 7 day week as far back as recorded history relates. Several attempts by world leaders in the past several centuries tried to do away this pattern set by God.  The French during their Revolution in the late 1700’s imposed a 10 day week with 9 days of work and one of rest.  Stalin wanted to change the seven day week in Russia in the 1930’s because “Sunday” in Russian is “Resurrection Day”. He did not want the masses to be reminded of Christ. He also tried a 10 day week. Both experiments failed miserably. In fact it is recorded that during the French Revolution the work horses died because of the extra days of work.  God Himself instituted the 7 day week.  Seven is God’s number of perfection and completion. This is seen as He rested on the 7th day from His perfect and complete creation of the heavens and earth.
  • Are the “days” listed in Genesis 1 actual days or can they be interpreted as “ages”? Nearly all Hebrew and Christian scholars agree that the writer of Genesis meant the reader to understand these days to be literal, 24-hour days.  God created everything in exactly 6 literal days.
  • How was the creation of man different from the creation of the animals?(1:26-29; 2:7) {possible answers: God talked to Himself-Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and decided to make mankind in God’s image. Man was to rule over the other creatures. God gave man a purpose – to have children, fill and subdue the earth. God communicated with them – He did not do that with the animals. He breathed the breath of life into man.}
  • What instructions did God give Adam when He put him in the Garden of Eden? (2:15-17) What was Adam’s first job? (19,20)
  • What did Adam discover when he named the animals? (2:20) How did God solve the problem? (2:5-23)
  • The first human institution set up by God is marriage.  What principles about marriage can you learn from this passage?2:20-25) {some principles for older children only – possible answers: the woman was created to be a helper for the man, God approves of marriage – He created it, husband and wives become one flesh and are separate from their previous families, sex is ordained by God for marriage alone, God’s pattern for marriage is one man and one woman, they were a family even though no children were born yet}

Application

The first verse in the Bible is a summarization statement of what follows in chapters 1 & 2. It tells us many things even though it is such a short verse. What things can we learn from Genesis 1:1? {possible answers: God existed before anything else. God is a person and not a force – He can plan, act, purpose, create. He made everything. The word “bara” here means “create from nothing”. He is powerful and intelligent.} Spend time in prayer thanking God for His creation and for our wonderful, powerful God. The rest of this section is for older students:

  • What worldly philosophies are refuted in this first verse? {Possible answers: atheism; polytheism [belief in many gods]; evolution – God created everything; pantheism [belief that everything is god} – God is apart from His creation; fatalism [belief that everything is chaos without a pattern]– there was a purpose to creation}
  • What is significant about God giving man work? {possible answers: work is not a curse – it gives us purpose and makes us pleasing to God. God ordained work for man. The world is to be ordered and preserved by mankind. We are to be stewards of God’s creation.} In today’s world many people do not believe in God, that He created the world, that He had a purpose for it and for man, or that God had an order for marriage.
  • How would not believing these things affect your life? How would believing them affect you? {Possible answers: If you did not believe in God or that He created everything for a purpose, your life would be without meaning. You would be your own authority and you would not fear God. You would do what you wanted without considering God or others.  You would think that you were just like the animals. You would think that this life is all that there is and that would bring hopelessness into your life. If you DID believe that Genesis 1&2 were true, you would see that God exists and has a plan for you. You would believe, “I am not just an animal; I am made in the image of God and have value to Him as a result. I must answer to God for what I do. I have work to do that is ordained by God. My life would have meaning and purpose.”}
  • What relationship did God have with Adam and Eve initially? What relationship does He want to have with you? How is your relationship with God right now? What things can you do to improve your walk with God?

Digging Deeper

  • Read the essay, “The Bible: A True and Accurate Account of Creation?”, found at http://www.cesame-nm.org/Viewpoint/contributions/bible/summary.html. Write a rebuttal of the article and title it, “Why I believe the Bible is a True and Accurate Account of Creation”.  Back up your points with Scripture. You may also use some of the information you learned last year in Earth Science.  Point out at least one logical fallacy (illogical reasoning). You must rebut at least three things in this article backed up by facts.  Cite references.
  • Create a PowerPoint presentation or a multi-media illustration of the 7 days of creation. For some ideas check out: http://www.kids4truth.com/eng_creation.htm and http://www.fredleavitt.com/SevenDays.html on the Net.  Be prepared to share the presentation with your family. Cite all references.)
  • The first two chapters of Genesis give answers for the big questions of life. Basic ideas about God, man, his purpose and the nature of life are found here. Read carefully these chapters and note what things are taught. Then make a chart with three columns as follows (with at least 3 entries in each section with the verse listed):

What Genesis 1 & 2 Teaches

About God About Man About the World
Example: God is a person and not a force. (1:2, 27,28)