Lesson 03 第三课

God revealed His nature and attributes

through His creative acts (Days 1-3).

 

Scripture: Genesis 1:2-13

 

1. The earth was formless and covered with darkness.

 

Read Genesis 1:1-2.

NIV In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 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.

 

创世记 1:1-2

上帝创造天地

起初,上帝创造天地。 地是空虚混沌,渊面黑暗,上帝的灵运行在水面上

 

a.      The earth was formless.

When God first created the earth, all the different parts that the earth is made of

were mixed together and in complete disorder. God had not yet put the earth in the order He planned. It was impossible for anything to grow or for anyone to live on the earth.

 

b.      Light did not exist.

Darkness covered the whole earth. Light did not exist. Darkness covered the whole earth.

Can you imagine total darkness? Imagine standing in a room completely dark with no hint of light. The earth was in total darkness.

 

c.       Dry land did not exist.

Water covered the whole earth.

 

2. God the Spirit was present, ready to begin creating everything.

 

Genesis 1:2 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.

创世记 1:2

地是空虚混沌,渊面黑暗,上帝的灵运行在水面上

 

a.      God the Spirit was ready to create everything.

Although there was no life on the earth, God the Spirit was there. He was waiting

to begin His great work of creating all things. God the Spirit was ready to begin the work of making the earth the way God had planned. He was fully prepared to release the almighty power which would begin the great work of making everything.

We have learned that there is only one God, but there are three Persons who are

the one God. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit created everything.

 

3. On the first day, God created light.

 

NIV Genesis 1:3 And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.

创世记 1:3  上帝说:要有光。就有了光

 

 

a.      God commanded the light to shine.

Think about this: Do you know of anyone besides God who can make light just by

speaking? People cannot make light by speaking, but God could make light just by speaking. God commanded the light to shine in the darkness, and there was light.

 

b.      How did God know how to make light?

God knew how to make light because God knows everything. There isn’t anything that God doesn’t know.

 

c.       Was it difficult for God to make light?

No! It was not difficult for God to make light because God is all-powerful. He can

do anything He wants to do. There was no light in the world until God made the light. He created the light just by speaking. Only God has the power to make light.

 

d.      God created light because He is loving and kind.

God planned to create people. And God knew that people would need light to live. God created light for the people whom He planned to create.

 

Read Genesis 1:4.

God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.

上帝看光是好的,就把光暗分开了。

 

e.      Everything that God made is good because God is perfect.

The light God made was very good. Each time God created, He saw that it was

good. It was really good. It was perfect.

We don't always make things right, but everything that God made was exactly

right. Why? Because God is holy. There is nothing wrong with God, and therefore

there is nothing wrong with what God made. Everything God makes is perfect

because He is perfect.

 

 

Read Genesis 1:5.

“God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning-- the first day.”

上帝称光为昼,称暗为夜。有晚上,有早晨,这是头一日。

 

f.        God made the day and the night.

God separated the light from the darkness.

God called the light, day; and God called the darkness, night. That was the first

day in the beginning of the world.

 

 

4. On the second day, God created the air and the sky.

 

Read Genesis 1:6-8.

And God said, "Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water." 7 So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. 8 God called the expanse "sky." And there was evening, and there was morning-- the second day.

6 上帝说:“诸水之间要有空气,将水分为上下。”7 上帝就造出空气,将空气以下的水、空气以上的水分开了。事就这样成了。8上帝成空气为天。有晚上,有早晨,是第二日

 

a.      God continued His work of creation on the second day.

The light that God had created the first day was there on the second day. Then God created the air and the sky.

 

b.      God placed water above the sky.

We learned already that, in the beginning, the earth was covered with water. Now

we learn that God took some of the water from the earth and placed it high above

the sky.

 

5. On the third day, God moved the waters from the land to make dry land and

oceans. God created all plants.

 

Read Genesis 1:9-10.

And God said, "Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear." And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground "land," and the gathered waters he called "seas." And God saw that it was good.

9 上帝说:天下的水要聚在一处,使旱地露出来。事就这样成了。 10 上帝称旱地为地,称水的聚处为海。上帝看着是好的

 

a.      God moved the waters from the land.

When God first created the earth, it was covered with water. There was no dry

ground. God told the water to move back to where He wanted it. When the water moved back, the dry land appeared, and so the oceans were formed. Only God can control the water and tell it what to do. God is powerful. God created the water, and He can tell it what to do.

 

Read Genesis 1:11-13.

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. 12 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. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning-- the third day.

11 上帝说:地要发生青草和结种子的菜蔬,并结果子的树木,各从其类,果子都包着核。事就这样成了。 12 于是地发生了青草和结种子的菜蔬,各从其类;并结果子的树木,各从其类,果子都包着核。上帝看着是好的。 13 上,有早晨,是第三日

 

a.      God created all the plants and trees.

God created a great variety of plants, trees and fruit with many colors, shapes and sizes. What a wonderful God He is to be able to create so many different plants and trees. God put seeds into each plant and tree that He created so that more plants and trees would grow just like the first ones that He made. All the trees and plants that you can see came from the first ones that God created.

 

b.      God made all the trees and everything else in an orderly way.

God is a God of law and order. God is never confused in what He does. Everything that God created was done in the best way.

God made things to be orderly because He is a God of law and order.

 

c.       God created the trees and plants for a specific purpose.

Think about this: Why did God make trees? Why did He make the plants? Did

God make them because He needed them? No! We have already learned from

God’s Book that God existed before everything existed. He doesn’t need anything. God made the trees for the people whom He planned to create.

God knew that life would be very difficult for people if there were no trees. God

was planning to create man, so God made the trees for man. God made the trees for us because He is loving and kind. God also created fruits and vegetables for people.

God doesn’t have a body like ours. God doesn’t get hungry. God doesn’t need

food. God made fruit and vegetables for us because He is loving and kind. God was preparing the world for people to live in it. He planned to give us bodies that

would need food in order to grow and live.

God was preparing the earth as a place for people to live. God prepared everything that is good and beautiful in this world for us to enjoy.

 

 

 

d.      Everything that God made in the beginning was good.

Nothing bad existed. The thorns and weeds did not grow as they do now. No fruit was poisonous. The vegetables and fruit had no defects. Everything was perfect in the beginning because God is perfect. He cannot do anything wrong. Everything He does is perfect.

 

Questions

1.       What was the condition of the earth before God began to prepare it as a place where people could live?

2.       How did God create everything?

3.      Where did light come from in the beginning?

4.       In the beginning, the earth was covered with water. Where did God place some of the water from the earth?

5.      When water covered the whole earth, who moved the water back so that dry land appeared?

6.      People cannot control water or move it simply by speaking, but when God told the water to move back from the dry ground, it did. Why was God able to command the water to do what He wanted it to do?

7.      How did God know how to make everything?

8.      God didn’t need the things that He created. He didn’t need light, or trees, or plants or anything else. So why did God create these things?

9.      Everything that God created was good; it was perfect. Why was God able to create everything to be perfect?