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.
Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep (Ps 127:1-2, ESV).
This author asserts true success depends upon God’s blessings. He uses examples taken from the family as well as the state to prove lasting protection, stability, peace and comfort depend upon God’s blessings and are independent of man’s attempts to ensure them, guarantee them or attain them using his own abilities. In spite of what this Holy Spirit-inspired writer states, man tends to leave God behind and try to build a happy and successful life using his own feeble knowledge and skills. The result is certain failure!
This is particularly true when we consider what makes for a happy and stable home. Man has wrongly convinced himself happiness consists of doing what satisfies the desires of the moment. Instant gratification is what we desire, and at whatever cost! The outcome is a society plagued with the problems associated with substance abuse, crime, divorce, children being born out of wedlock, sexual perversion, etc. How can the Lord’s people avoid such issues?
Today during the 11a.m. service we will begin a series of sermons designed to help us build a Christ-centered home. I firmly contend our responsibility of being lights to the world involves building strong, God-fearing and obedient families. I also believe we labor in vain if we attempt to build a family without God’s will as our guide. The series will likely span eight lessons and touch upon subjects such as Christ-centered marriages, duties of spouses, children, and the unmarried, and resolving conflict. The lesson topics will be announced two weeks in advance. I hope you will invite everyone you think will benefit from hearing these sermons.