Updated: Jul 1
Read through the lesson below (if you are in a group take turns reading). Then have a discussion, possible questions are included at the end. If you are alone, try to pair up with others in a small group though texting or even a phone call.
Scripture Genesis 1:1-31
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 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. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning —the first day. And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning —the second day. And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good. 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. 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. And there was evening, and there was morning —the third day. And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. 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. God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning —the fourth day. And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, 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 on the earth.” And there was evening, and there was morning —the fifth day. And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 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. Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground. ”
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. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning —the sixth day” (Genesis 1:1-31, NIV).
As a child, I grew up in a house that did not have a lot. We were not poor, but we were not well off either. What we did have though, was a loving mother and father. Dad was not really around all the time, but we always knew he was there for us, if you know what I mean. He was not an absent father; instead, he was a very present father in our lives even if he worked a lot and was not there physically all the time. He took on many jobs to support us and give us a home. For example, in September every year when the State Fair would come to town, he would get a night job cleaning out horse stalls so we could have money for Christmas. Like I said, we did not have much, but what we did have, usually second hand, we knew came out of hard work and love.
I often think of my time growing up and how far my father would go to provide for us, especially when I read the creation narratives in Genesis. Think of just how far our Father God has gone to provide for us. The Creator-Sustainer of the universe made and mountains, oceans, streams and all of this so He can be with you. He not only provided food, shelter, and the necessary things for day-to-day life, but also, He provided all the things you would ever need including beauty, knowledge, love, and all other things involved with self-awareness. He not only gave you the fruit of the garden and the garden itself as shelter, He gave the stars in the night sky for romance, the hidden ways of the universe to be discovered, and the beauty of a single flower to write poetry about.
See, even more so than an earthly father our Heavenly Father wants us to live life ABUNDANT. He not only provides us with what we need, but He also provides us with all we need in order to dream. All of this He created before He even breathed life into you. He not only wants you to live but to dream and reach for those dreams, to know and be known, to learn and be learned, to love and to be loved, to be with Him in relationship. A relationship with our Father, Provider, Protector, and Biggest Fan.
How does this make you feel that the God of the universe loves you this much, to make all of this so you can live?
How should this impact how you live your life?