Search Lesson 001
The Bible is not only a book of beginnings, but also a book of eternities. The very supreme revelation of the Bible is the revelation of God. If one starts to think of the beginning, using his own reasoning, he will have trouble and will possibly supply a humanistic assumption for the real beginning. He would therefore substitute the creature’s point of view for the Creator’s point of view. Among many scientists, there are basic differences of opinion as to the origin of the universe. Evolutionists hold that all living things developed from non-living materials. Creationists believe that all basic categories of nature were brought into being by a supernatural force. It takes as much faith to subscribe to the theory that our complex universe is a mere chance happening as to accept the first verse of the inspired Word which declares, “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.”
It is not difficult to go through the Bible and compile an extensive list of first events from which we can learn valuable lessons. Most people are interested in how or when something started and who started it. This quarter will focus on beginnings. The first two lessons deal with the beginning of everything—Creation and the first man. The next two are about the first sin and the first plan of escape from God’s judgment for sin. The next lesson is about the people who built the first “skyscraper” and the pitfalls of trying to be independent from God.
Four Bible characters will be studied: the first Hebrew, Abraham; the first leader, Moses; Israel’s first priest, Aaron; and the first king of Israel, Saul. There also will be a lesson on God’s first written Law.
The point of studying these lessons is to help us get a better understanding of some of the firsts in Bible history and, more importantly, to learn that, since the beginning of our world, each of these has played an important part in Gods plan for our lives. We want to grow spiritually from what we have learned.
1. Make a list of what God created on each of the six days.
2. Many say that the days mentioned in the Creation account are actually long periods of time. What does Scripture teach about the length of these days?
3. Can man create something from nothing? Explain. See Ecclesiastes 1:9-10.
4. What scientific principle is illustrated by each of these verses?
- Job 26:7
- Job 26:8
- Job 26:10
- Ecclesiastes 1:6
- Ecclesiastes 1:7
- Isaiah 40:22
- Jeremiah 33:22
- What is meant by the statement, “after his kind,” in the creation of the plants, water creatures, fowls, and animals?
- Make a list of ways in which we benefit from the “lights” God made for us.
- In studying the entire first chapter of Genesis, how is the existence of the Holy Trinity demonstrated in the account of the Creation?
Though no declaration which God makes needs to be substantiated by evidence or argument, the portions of His wonderful Book that touch upon the subject of Creation still serve greatly to strengthen our faith. For example, the Psalmist proclaims, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard” (Psalm 19: 1-3). The heavens, and the earth also, are declaring to man by innumerable evidences-by the stars, by the seas, by the mountains, by the trees-that God is the Creator of all that is.