The Creation Story from the Book of Genesis

The story of Creation is found at the very beginning of the Bible, in the Book of Genesis. This story tells us how God created the world and everything in it. Let’s explore what happened on each day of Creation, according to the Bible.

Day 1: Light and Darkness

Bible Verse: Genesis 1:3-5

“And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light ‘day,’ and the darkness he called ‘night.’ And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.”

On the first day, God created light. Before this, everything was just dark. By creating light, God made it possible to have day and night, which is the first step in creating a world where life can exist.

Day 2: Sky and Water

Bible Verse: Genesis 1:6-8

“And God said, ‘Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.’… God called the vault ‘sky.’ And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.”

On the second day, God made the sky. This “vault” or sky separated the water under it from the water above it. Now, the Earth had a sky and oceans, making it look more like the planet we know today.

Day 3: Land, Seas, and Plants

Bible Verse: Genesis 1:9-13

“And God said, ‘Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.’… Then God said, ‘Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.’ And it was so.”

God gathered all the water into one place to make the seas, and dry land appeared, which was called Earth. On this land, God created all kinds of plants, from tall trees to small bushes, all capable of making their own seeds to create more plants.

Day 4: Sun, Moon, and Stars

Bible Verse: Genesis 1:14-19

“And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.’ And it was so.”

On the fourth day, God created the sun, the moon, and the stars. The sun gives us light during the day, and the moon and stars give us a bit of light at night. They also help us keep track of time and seasons.

Day 5: Sea Creatures and Birds

Bible Verse: Genesis 1:20-23

“And God said, ‘Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.’ And God saw that it was good.”

On this day, God filled the seas with all kinds of fish and sea creatures and the sky with birds. From the smallest fish to the largest whales, and from tiny sparrows to majestic eagles, God created them all.

Day 6: Land Animals and Humans

Bible Verse: Genesis 1:24-31

“Then 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.’… Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.'”

God created all kinds of animals to live on the land, from lions and elephants to dogs and cats. Then, as the most special part of Creation, God made humans to take care of the world and all the animals in it. Humans were created in God’s image, which means we have the ability to love, make choices, and take care of the earth.

Day 7: Rest

Bible Verse: Genesis 2:2-3

“By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”

After all this work, God took a day to rest. This shows us that rest is important and a part of the natural order of things. It’s a day to be thankful for what we have and to enjoy the world around us.

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