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Genesis 1:3-23

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God's Work on the First Five Days of Creation Week

Genesis 1:3-23

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Lesson Number 3

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The days of creation week had evenings and mornings.
  2. The days of creation week are not parallel to the theory of evolution.

Practical Application

  1. Remember that all of God’s work is good.

Questions

  1. Is the light brought into being in Genesis 1:3 sunlight? Explain why or why not.
  2. What is the “firmament” that was created on day two?
  3. How did God create the dry land on day three?
  4. Granite is the foundational rock for the continents, and is found throughout the world. How does granite substantiate the account of creation?
  5. What is unique about the plant life that God created on day three?
  6. Genesis says the days of creation week had evenings and mornings. Why is this an important point?

Answers

  1. No, because the light of the sun comes on day four of creation week. See Genesis 1:16-19. God can have other sources of light, including all of magnetic radiation, not just the visible part of the spectrum (e.g., infra-red, ultra-violet, X-rays).
  2. An expanse to divide the waters under it from the waters above it.
  3. God brought it out of the waters below the firmament. 2 Peter 3:5 seems to indicate that God drew the solid earth right out of the waters.
  4. Granite cannot be made in a laboratory. The beautiful, well-formed solid granite found throughout the world is hard to explain apart from creation.
  5. God created the various plants and trees fully functional. They already produced fruit and seed.
  6. It emphasizes the fact that the days are normal, literal days of twenty-four hours, earth time.

Discuss/Consider

  1. Theistic evolution is the theory that God brought the different life forms into being, including man, by the process of evolution. Theists try to work this theory into the creation account of Genesis 1 and 2. Discuss some inconsistencies in this theory.
  2. On day four, God made the sun and moon and stars. Some people say that the six-day literal creation is not possible because of the millions of light years needed for the light of the stars to reach the earth. As a creationist, how would you answer this?

Challenge

  1. God pronounces His work of creation as good. You are included in that statement. Describe evidence of God at work in your life right now.

Key Verses

  • “God created, and God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25, 31

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