Elementary Lesson 001

Key Verse

For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible
— Colossians 1:16

God Made the World

Genesis 1:1-25

IN the very beginning there was nothing at all. Darkness was everywhere. Then God created the heaven and the earth. On the first day of His Creation God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light! God called the light Day and the darkness Night. On the second day of God’s Creation, He wanted a sky to separate the water that was everywhere. He kept just enough water under the sky to use on His world. All the rest of the water He put high above the sky. God named the big sky Heaven. Whenever we look up into the sky and see the clear blue color, or the fluffy white clouds, or even the refreshing rain coming down we can know that God made it for us. The third day was when God told the water under the sky to move together so dry land could be put in place. He named the dry land Earth. God put the water in oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams. He told the green grass and trees of every kind to start growing. It must have looked like a beautiful garden with all the different colors of flowers. God made seeds in everything that grew. That way, He knew that if someone wanted grass to grow they could just plant grass seeds. Or, if someone wanted an apple tree they could just plant apple seeds. God knew it was just what His world needed. On the fourth day He told some special lights to shine in the sky. The sun was to be the bright light and warmth we would need for our daytime — a time when we work and play. God knew that the plants would need this light so they could grow. Then God made the moon and the twinkling stars. They show just a little bit of light for our nighttime. That is a time when we need to sleep. Even the plants fold up and go to sleep at night. God loves us and gave us this quiet time.

All around the beautiful land was sky and water. But nothing lived there. So on the fifth day when God spoke, the waters filled with living creatures. In the rivers, lakes, and streams were little fish and turtles and frogs. In the ocean there were starfish and octopus and whales. Then God filled the sky with birds. He made big eagles, little sparrows, blackbirds and redbirds and bluebirds. There were wise old owls, quacking ducks, and colorful peacocks. God was happy with all He had created. Now God’s world was ready for the animals, so on the sixth day He made little kittens to meow and big tigers to roar. He made monkeys to climb trees, deer to live in the forest, funny little puppies to be our pets, and so many more. Everything that we have in our wonderful world was made by God.