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Creation #1

Good Questions: These Lessons Have Groups Doubling

by Josh Hunt www.joshhunt.com

 

Genesis 1:1--2:3 (1)

OPEN

ACCOUNTABILITY

DIG

  1. In this passage, we have proof that God created baseball. See if you can find it. (2)
  2. What is the biggest difference between the scientific view of the origin of the world and the biblical view? (3)
  3. Let me put a table on the board. I will write day 1 through 7 in the left column. What was created on each day?
  4. When was the light of the sun created? (4)
  5. There is evidence here that in the Jewish mind the day started with evening. Where do you see this?
  6. What is the expanse referred to in verse 6?
  7. Look at verses 9 and 10. When God created the land, do you think it was more or less like it is now, with the Grand Canyon in place and Half Dome in Yosemite in place and so forth, or do you tend to think these features of the earth were not present at the time of creation and that they came to exist "naturally"?
  8. There are two theories on the creation, broadly construed as the "young earth theory" and the "old earth theory." Young earth theory states that the earth is more or less 10,000 years old. Things like the Grand Canyon were either present at the time of creation (at least in part) or were formed through the great world wide flood. The "old earth theory" states that the earth is gazzillians of years old and that God worked through a "natural process" to create much of what we see. Which one of these is easier to you to believe? (5)
  9. One of the things we notice about the birds and fish God created is the incredible variety of animals. Just to get us in touch with this, let's go around the room real quick and each name a different kind of bird. Then, let's go around a second time, the opposite way, and each state a different kind of fish.
  10. Why do you think God created such variety? (6)
  11. How many times does God say "it was good"?
  12. How many times did he say, "it was very good"?
  13. How is the creation of man different from the rest of creation?
  14. Why is this difference important?
  15. If you did not believe that man was created in the image of God, what logical difference would it make to kill a man or kill a dog? (7)
  16. Do you perceive yourself to be "very good"?
  17. Should you perceive yourself to be very good?
  18. Does it matter how you perceive yourself, or is that a lot of psychological mumbo jumbo?
  19. Why did God rest on the seventh day? Was He tired? (8)
  20. Why is rest important to us?
  21. Some believers think the actual day is important, whether the Sabbath or Sunday. Others consider each day alike. What do you think? (9)
  22. Look up Psalm 127.2 (10) What does this verse teach us about rest?
  23. How do you stay obedient to the command of God to rest?
  24. How can we pray for one another this week?


1. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. [2] Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

 

[3] And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. [4] God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. [5] God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning--the first day.

[6] And God said, "Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water." [7] So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. [8] God called the expanse "sky." And there was evening, and there was morning--the second day.

[9] And God said, "Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear." And it was so. [10] God called the dry ground "land," and the gathered waters he called "seas." And God saw that it was good.

[11] Then God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds." And it was so. [12] The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. [13] And there was evening, and there was morning--the third day.

[14] And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, [15] and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth." And it was so. [16] God made two great lights--the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. [17] God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, [18] to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. [19] And there was evening, and there was morning--the fourth day.

[20] And God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky." [21] So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. [22] God blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth." [23] And there was evening, and there was morning--the fifth day.

[24] And God said, "Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind." And it was so. [25] God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

[26] Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."

 

[27] So God created man in his own image,

in the image of God he created him;

male and female he created them.

 

[28] God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."

[29] Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. [30] And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground--everything that has the breath of life in it--I give every green plant for food." And it was so.

[31] God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning--the sixth day.

[2:1] Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.

 

[2] By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. [3] And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

Genesis 1:1-2:3 (NIV)

2. In the big inning. . .!

3. The big difference is not the amount of time it took. The big difference is what was in the big inning, I mean, beginning. Was it a formless blob of cosmic soup? Or was it a personal, intelligent God. This is the key question, did non-intelligence produce intelligence? Or, did intelligence create the soup?

4. Trick question!

5. It is interesting to note that the way we measure time has to do with the rotation of the earth in relation to the sun. The sun is not created until the 4th day.

6. As I write this, I am sitting in an airport (I know, I am always sitting in an airport somewhere) in Sydney, Australia. I was awakened this morning with a knock on my door. My host wanted me to see the wild bird out side my motel door-a great peacock. God created them all for his children's pleasure.

7. Atheist may choose to be moralists, but it does not make a lot of logical sense to me to do so.

8. Do you not know?

Have you not heard?

The Lord is the everlasting God,

the Creator of the ends of the earth.

He will not grow tired or weary,

and his understanding no one can fathom. Isaiah 40:28 (NIV)

9. One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. [6] He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord. He who eats meat, eats to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who abstains, does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. Romans 14:5-6 (NIV)

10. In vain you rise early

and stay up late,

toiling for food to eat--

for he grants sleep to those he loves.

Psalm 127:2 (NIV)