These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens. (Genesis 2:4)
This year we have chosen to focus our vacation Bible school lessons on the day of creation as well as the destruction of the world by flood. We know it is important to begin discussing these events at an early age in our children’s lives. Men consistently and relentlessly attempt to discredit God and deny He exists. Commonly this is done by offering differing theories as to the origins of our world which contradict the Bible account. Our children must be able to see the truth of the matter as presented in the Scriptures. Their faith depends on it!
As we prepare to teach our children and their friends about the creation and flood, it is good for us to refresh our minds concerning what occurred and why. Please consider the following information as it pertains to the significance of the day of creation:
Background- Keep in mind the “day of creation” refers to the entire week of creation. On day one God established day and night, a twenty-four hour period. We have no evidence to prove otherwise. An important fact also to note is God’s eternal nature. Moses said, “From everlasting to everlasting you are God” (Psa 90:2). Jesus acknowledged this when He said to the Father, “Glorify me in Your own presence with the glory that I had with You before the world existed” (Jn 17:5). Additionally, we must remember Jesus is God and was involved in the work of creation (Jn 1:1-3; Col 1:16,17). Finally, part of God’s plan, even before He began to create, was to have a people He could love and who would love Him in return (Eph 1:3-6; Rev 13:8).
Significant details– God spoke and this world came into existence at His command (Gen 1:1ff). There was an orderly method to God’s creation as well. In Genesis 1 we find not only God creating something different during each 24-hour period, but there was a definite pattern to the six days of creation (light, sea and sky, land and vegetation; then lights, sea life and birds, land animals and man). Furthermore, God finished His creation. At the end of day six God looked at His creation and deemed it “very good.” Genesis 2:1 says, “thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.”
Important lessons– As we consider the facts and details of the day of creation, God’s nature becomes evident. Creation serves as a witness to the limitless power of God. David proclaimed, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork” (Psa 19:1). Paul stated in similar fashion, “His invisible attributes, namely, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made” (Rom 1:20). None of creation happened spontaneously or by accident! We also understand God’s providence when we consider the day of creation. The very fact His work in creation could be finished highlights His providence. It is because of His providence all things hold together (Col 1:17). Finally, the fact God created us in His image (Gen 1:26,27) makes us unique from all other created things. We have a spirit which no other created being has been given (Eccl 3:19-21; 12:7). We are God’s stewards concerning His creation and have been given dominion over it (Psa 8:4-8).
We hope our families will take advantage of this teaching effort and we encourage you to invite your friends to join us as we discover what God’s creation is all about.