Lesson 4

Creation in Six Days

(Genesis 1, Revelation 21)
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Introduction: This week I sat down in front of the television in time to see some sort of science program explaining how areas of the earth are the result of a massive flood.

Immediately I thought I must be looking at a Christian station since a flood, and not ancient glaciers, was described as the active force. It turned out I was not watching a Christian station. The program explained how great ice dams held back an increasing amount of melting water (no explanation, of course, why the more southern dam remained ice), until there was too much pressure and the deluge that resulted reshaped the earth!

Man just has to have his own story! God's explanation is not good enough.

This week (and next) we look in more detail at the week of Creation. Let's explore God's explanation!


    1. Read Genesis 1:1-5. The Hebrew word translated "day" in verse 5 is "yowm." Yowm comes from a root meaning "hot" and it can literally mean twenty-four hours or even longer periods of time.

      1. What does the context suggest: twenty-four hours or an age? (The "evening and morning of verse 5 clearly point to our present experience of a twenty-four hour period. Even the root meaning of yowm, referring to heat, reflects our experience that the day is warmer than the night.)

    2. What if I told you that my business had been making a ton of money over the last year, and I explained it by saying "every dog has his day." To celebrate, I told you "I'll come to see you in two days." When would you think I was coming?

      1. Am I referring to a literal day when I talk about a dog having "his day?" (No. I would mean a period of time - not necessarily bounded by twenty-four hours.)

      2. Would you have no idea when I was coming, because I previously mentioned dogs and days?

        1. If you would have an idea, tell me why? (I said in "two days," which conveys the idea that I am talking about a precise period of time.)

          1. How do our verses in Genesis present "day?" As an age or a precise period of time? (Verse 5 says "first day." Thus, indicating a precise period of time.)

        2. What argument is there for saying that each "day" was really an age (a period longer than 24 hours)? (Any argument for a longer period of time is related in some way to a belief that God lacks sufficient power to do what He said He did.)


    1. We speak of "sun-worshipers" and people have (and probably still do) worship the sun. Why do you think they do that? (Because the light of the sun provides power and warmth.)

    2. When was the sun created? (For those of you who shouted out "first day," let's look at Genesis 1:16-19. Do you see the sun was not created until the fourth day?)

    3. How did God create the light without the sun? (Read Revelation 21:23. God Himself is a light source. When we are in the New Jerusalem in the earth made new (see Revelation 21:1-2)we will have no need of the sun.)

      1. Alright, we have seen that God is light without the need for a sun. The question then is, "Why didn't God just create the sun on the first day since He was going to use it for light ultimately?" (Our lesson has the very interesting comment that this is God's way of showing that He, and not the sun, is the true God.)


    1. Read Genesis 1:6-8. What kind of picture comes to your mind when reading these verses? (I have a picture of sitting in a little boat with water everywhere and a cloudy sky. God has just popped the sky up so that I can see things.)

      1. What does it mean that there was water below and above the expanse?


    1. Read Genesis 1:9-13. Someone suggested a couple of weeks ago that there were no oceans until after the flood. What do these verses tell us about that?

      1. How can the water be gathered (v.9) "to one place" and at the same time have (v.10) "seas?" (The "one place" is probably compared to "everywhere." The water was now not constantly shifting over the surface of the earth. Even today the oceans are in "one place" in the sense that they are all connected.)

      2. Notice verses 11 and 12 specifically mention that the plants and trees bear seeds. Why do you think the text mentions seeds? (God created a master plan for reproduction and continued life. God did not, as evolution postulates, leave reproduction to chance.)

        1. Do you see a preview of Christ's atonement here? The fruit falls to the ground and dies. The seed then arises anew?

          1. Or is the "death" of the fruit a "post Eden" development?


    1. Read Genesis 1:14-19. What are the "two lights" of verse 16?

    2. Light has a finite speed. How could God create the galaxy and have it provide light to the earth in one day? Wouldn't it take more time than that for the light to get here? (Remember that God created the light on the first day? The light from these celestial bodies merely joined the light steam coming from the glory of God.)

    1. Other than light, what other purpose do the sun, moon and stars serve? (Mark time.)

      1. We see a reference to "day" (yowm) again. What clues do we have about the kind of time period referred to here? (This is unambiguous about a 24 hour period. The day/night rotational cycle of the sun and earth are called "days.")


    1. Read Genesis 1:20-23. What significance do you find in the use of the word "every" in these verses? For example, (v.21) "every living and moving thing" "every winged bird." (Once again, God states that He made all the varieties.)

    2. Read Genesis 1:24-25. We have three classes of land animals mentioned. What are they? (Wild animals, livestock and "creatures that move along the ground.")

      1. Are you surprised that livestock were always livestock?

        1. Why do you think God made some animals to be livestock?

          1. If there was no death, no meat-eating, why have livestock animals? (Domestic animals have more than one purpose.)

      2. What does verse 24 mean when it says, "Let the land produce" living creatures? How did the land produce anything? (This is a reference to God making animals out of dirt. See Genesis 2:19)

      3. What kind of animals are we talking about that "move along the ground?" (These are animals with no feet.)

        1. Why are they mentioned specially?

  2. MAN

    1. Read Genesis 1:26-31. Why was man created last?

      1. What does it mean to be created in God's image?

        1. Notice the plural - "made in our image." Our we made in the image of the entire Godhead?

      2. I read about "species discrimination" these days. Species discrimination occurs when we test medicine or makeup on animals instead of humans. It occurs when we wear animals for coats. What would you think is God's view of "species discrimination?" (Verse 28 creates a clear hierarchy. Man is to "subdue" and "rule" over the animals.)

      3. What diet did God originally intend for man? (Vegetables and fruits.)

        1. What was the original diet for the animals? (The same. See v.30)

      4. How is your life different (or how should it be different) when you believe that you are made in the image of God?


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