Kingdom Stories for Your Family

2. Creation of the World -Emphasis upon provision of God for all Creation Genesis 1:1-2:3 PRE-STORY DIALOG: Close your eyes. What do you see? Nothing. Now open your eyes and see all that is around you. Today in the family devotions we’ll learn the story about the creation. We’ll learn about where the world and everything came from (originated). When strangers meet each other, they often ask, “You are from what city?” But where did that place come from (originate)? Where did this world, where we are right now, come from (originate)? This story is the first story in the Bible and it tells how the very beginning of our world began: our sun, the stars, the whole cosmos. Pay close attention as the story of the creation of the world is narrated. STORY: In the beginning of everything, God created the Heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless. It didn’t have any shape. It was empty, and it was dark all over the surface of everything. It was just without any type of shape at all. Now the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters, and God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that there was light that was made and it was good. Then He separated the light from the darkness. You know what He called it? He called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and morning and that’s what He did in the first day. And then God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate some water from other water.” So God made the expanse and He separated the water, putting the water under the expanse. That's how it happened. And on the second day, God said, “Let there be separation between the waters and the expanse and everything that was being made.” And so God separated the water and everything about it, and it was so, and God gave a name to this great expanse. He called it sky. And there was evening and the morning the second day. And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered over in one place, and let dry ground appear,” and it was so. God called the dry ground land, and He gathered the water together and He called that the seas. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation,” you know, seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to the various kinds. And it was so. The land produced vegetation, the plants bore seed, and they did things according to their kind. And the trees bore fruit with the seed according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And that was the evening and the morning of the third day. And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse sky to separate the day from the night. They will mark the seasons and the days and the years. Let the lights of the sky give light to the earth.” And it was so. Now God made two lights; the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. And He also made the stars. God set them in the expanse of the sky to provide light for the earth. They governed the day and the night, and they separated the light from the darkness, and God saw that it was good. And you know what? That was the evening and the morning of the fourth day. And God said, “Let the water teem with every living creature, and let the birds fly above the earth, across the expanse,” which He called the sky. So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with the water, everything in it according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase across the earth.” And there was evening and there was morning, and that was the fifth day. And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures such as livestock, creatures that move across the ground, and wild animals, each according to their own kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kind, and all the creatures that move along the ground, which was another kind. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let’s make man in our own image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over the livestock, over all of the earth and over all of the creatures that move on the ground.” And so God created man in His own image. And in His own image, He made man. Now He made a man and a woman. He created them, male and female. God blessed them and said to them, “Now be fruitful and increase in number, fill the earth and rule over it. Rule over the fish of the sea, and the birds of the air, and over every living creature that moves on the ground. And then God said, “I will give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth, and every tree that has fruit and seed in it, and this will be your food.” 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 moved around on the earth and had

a breath of life in it, even the green plants for the food, He’ll give to you, give to the man. And so it was so. And God saw all that He had made and it was very good. And there was evening and there was the morning, and that was the sixth day. Now, the Heavens and the earth were now completed, and that entire vast array. But you know what God did on the seventh day? God had finished the work He had been doing, and so He rested from all of His work. And God blessed that last day of creation, that seventh day, and He made it holy because He rested from all the work that he had done. Now that’s our story. POST STORY DIALOG: Let’s talk about the story. • At the very, very beginning was there anything other than God? • What did God do in the very beginning? • Did our world just happen by accident? Who created everything? How was everything in the world created? Did anyone help God create the world? • What do you think the Bible means that the Spirit of God hovered over the waters? What is the Spirit of God? • What does it mean knowing that God is our Creator and that His Spirit moved throughout the world assisting in creation? • Name some things that God created. • How is the creation of man different from the rest of His creation? What are some of the responsibilities that God gave to man? • What did God think about His creation? • What does the creation teach us about God? • How do you know that God cares for us? What was in the story that made you think, “Hey, God is caring for each one of us”? • Do you believe that God created our world? For the next story devotional please go online to http://family.imb.org . Thank you!
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