Lesson 04 第四课
God revealed His nature and attributes through His creative acts (Days 4-6).
Scripture: Genesis 1:14-25
1. On the fourth day, God created the sun, moon and stars.
And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth." And it was so. 16 God made two great lights-- the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning-- the fourth day.
14 上帝说：“天上要有光体，可以分昼夜，做记号，定节令、日子、年岁， 15 并要发光在天空，普照在地上。”事就这样成了。 16 于是上帝造了两个大光，大的管昼，小的管夜，又造众星。 17 就把这些光摆列在天空，普照在地上， 18 管理昼夜，分别明暗。上帝看着是好的。 19 有晚上，有早晨，是第四日。
a. God created the sun, the moon and the stars just by speaking.
Could anyone other than God just speak so that something comes into existence? No! Only God could do this. Only God can make something just by speaking. It was not difficult for God to create the sun, moon and stars simply by speaking. God can do anything He wants to do.
b. God placed the sun, moon and stars high in the sky.
When God created the sun, the moon and the stars, He put them high in the sky. We remember that God is everywhere, all of the time. Because God is
everywhere, He doesn’t need to climb to reach high places. He doesn’t need to walk or fly to reach some distant place. God is where the sun, moon and stars are, and God is also here on earth. God doesn’t need to move from one place to another when He wants to do something. He is already there. God is everywhere, all of the time.
So God was able to place the sun, moon and stars high in the sky. But what keeps the sun, the moon and the stars in the sky? Why don’t they fall down?
c. God made the sun, moon and stars to follow an orderly pattern.
When God created the sun, He made it to rise and set every day. The sun has risen and set every day, year after year, because that is how God created it. God also made the moon and the stars to follow the same course year after year. God is a God of law and order. He is not careless about anything. Everything God does is done according to His perfect laws. God made everything orderly so that our lives would be guided and organized the way He wanted them to be.
d. The sun, the moon and the stars that God created were all very good.
God is perfect, and so everything that He does is perfect.
No one is perfect like God so no one except God can do everything perfectly.
God was very pleased with the sun, moon and stars that He had made because they were perfect.
2. On the fifth day, God created all sea life and birds.
And God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky." 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth." 23 And there was evening, and there was morning-- the fifth day.
20 上帝说：“水要多多滋生有生命的物，要有雀鸟飞在地面以上、天空之中。” 21 上帝就造出大鱼和水中所滋生各样有生命的动物，各从其类；又造出各样飞鸟，各从其类。上帝看着是好的。 22 上帝就赐福给这一切，说：“滋生繁多，充满海中的水，雀鸟也要多生在地上。” 23 有晚上，有早晨，是第五日。
a. God spoke and filled the waters with living creatures and the sky with birds.
God said that the waters were to be full of living creatures. As soon as God spoke, the oceans, the lakes and the rivers filled up with fish and all the other creatures that live in the water. God also made all of the birds, just by speaking. When God gave the command, all the fish and the birds were immediately made. God made the fish to live in the water and the birds to fly in the sky. God always does things in the right way.
God created a great variety of fish and birds. God made fish and birds in many different shapes, sizes and colors.
b. Only God could make fish and birds that have life.
God is all-powerful. Only God could make fish and birds which have life.
Only God can make living things. When you hear the birds singing, remember that God made all the birds. When you go fishing, remember that God made all the fish. God made all the fish and birds by His great power and wisdom.
c. Only God can make creatures that can reproduce young ones like themselves.
When you carve the shape of an animal out of wood it might be very lifelike, but it has no life and it cannot reproduce itself. No one except God has the power to create creatures with the ability to have young ones like themselves.
3. On the sixth day, God created the animals.
And God said, "Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind." And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
24 上帝说：“地要生出活物来，各从其类；牲畜、昆虫、野兽，各从其类。”事就这样成了。 25 于是上帝造出野兽，各从其类；牲畜，各从其类；地上一切昆虫，各从其类。上帝看着是好的。
a. God created all animals.
God gave the command, and the animals were all made out of the earth.
Think about the many different animals that God made. Do you know how many different kinds of animals there are in the world? God made the animals that live in Asia and the ones in the Americas. Also God made many other types of animals that live in other parts of the world. God made many, many types of animals.
b. God made the animals by His great power.
The animals could not make themselves. People could not make animals. Only God could make the animals. What a great God He is!
c. God knows everything so He was able to make all the animals just the way He wanted.
God made each kind of animal to be just what He wanted each to be. God made them to be able to live in different places. He made them to eat different kinds of food. He made them to have different shapes, sizes and colors.
God knows everything so He was able to make a great variety of animals.
All the animals that God made were just the way God wanted them. Everything that God makes is perfect.
4. God created everything by His great power and wisdom.
a. God knew how to make everything because God is almighty and knows everything.
God did not need to be taught how to make anything. But people need to be taught how to make things.
People need to be taught how to make things, but God did not need to be taught how to make anything. God knows how to do everything. People may know how to do many things, but there is no one who knows how to do everything.
No person knows how to make everything, but God knew how to make everything! God created everything by His great power and wisdom.
b. Look around you at the many things that God created.
God created the light, the dry land, the oceans and rivers, all the trees and plants, the stars, moon and sun, the birds, the fish and all the animals. God knew how to make all of these because God knows everything. He can do anything He wants to do.
1. God created the sun to rise and set each day, and God causes the moon and the stars to follow the same path every year. What does that show us about God?
2. Why did God place the sun, moon and stars in the sky?
3. How did God create all fish, birds and animals? Again, what does this show us about God?
4. God created many kinds of animals. What does that show us about God?
5. Who taught God how to make everything?
6. People are able to do many things, but none of us can do everything. Who is the only One who can do anything He wants to do?