The bible begins with God's creation. The earth was formless and empty, until God spoke, then all the beauty and life of our planet came into being.
What do you think the story suggests is the best thing about Creation?
Can you work out what the writer believes about God?
Genesis Chapter 1
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 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 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: 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 the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
Then God said, 'Let us made 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 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.
Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.
By the seventh day God has finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.
Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.
Can you see God's work in the beauty of the earth?
P. Salm 19: 1-7
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth.
The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
Genesis Chapter 1 tells a story of God's creation. A Psalm is a song, written for worshipping God. In Psalm 19, the singer writes lyrics that suggest we can see God's work in nature - In the sky and the sun.
Have you ever felt that the beauty of nature is inspiring?
What do you think? Can people know God through the creation, or through the Word of God?