Bible Story: A New World
Reference: Genesis 1; 2:1-3; John 1
When it was time for God to create the earth, the universe already hummed and glittered with stars, galaxies, worlds, and angels. God needed a special place for human beings and the creatures they would take care of for Him. God the Father, Jesus the Word, and the Holy Spirit found the perfect dark spot in the universe for this new world and its solar system!
On day 1, God announced, “Let there be light.” And a bright beam of light illuminated this dark corner. The light was day, the darkness was night. On day 2, God commanded the waters to gather together, so the sky could exist. On day 3, God called the land to come up out of the waters. He told the plants, flowers, and trees to appear. And they did. On day 4, God commanded the sun, moon, and stars to shine. Bling, bling, bling! They appeared. They help us track time.
On day 5, God was ready to fill this world with living creatures! That day, He spoke, and the birds and fish were here. On day 6, He created land animals and two human beings, Adam and Eve. What a beautiful new world! God said, “This is all very good.”
On day 7, God rested from His work. He blessed the day forever, so we could always remember this special week of creation. He called the 7th day – the Sabbath.
Our Bible story reminds me of the prayer verse, Exodus 20:11, which says, “For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it. " (NKJV). Do you like to celebrate your birthday? God set aside our weekly Sabbath to celebrate the birth week of this earth. Take time each Sabbath to marvel at God’s creation. Observe a bug, touch a leaf, listen to the birds. God made all these things for us because He loves us.
Dear Father God, Thank You for making this earth just for me. Help me spend Sabbath to get close to You and learn about Your creation. In Jesus' Name, Amen
Nature Walk: Habitats
Every living thing has a place it likes to call home. Scientists use the word, habitat, to describe the special place where living things have all that they need to survive, including food, water, shelter, and a place to raise their babies. When God’s creatures don’t have all the things they need to survive, they must look for another place to live. Others just die.
When God made our world, He was thinking about all of our needs. He gave Adam and Eve a special habitat called the garden of Eden. There He surrounded them with plants and trees that provided them with fruits and seeds to eat. There was a clean river with water to drink. The trees provided shelter, and they used the vining plants to make a special home to start a family.
Go on a nature walk to discover the elements of a habitat for birds or bugs. See if you can find a source of water, food, shelter, and nests. Consider making your own backyard a good habitat for wildlife and butterflies. Visit the National Wildlife Federation for how to do it.
Memory Mastery: Creation Week
This quarter, as a class we will memorize what God made on each day of creation week. Children who complete their memory mastery project will earn a Bible artifact to add to their collection.
In the beginning, God made everything. Genesis 1 and 2
Memory Mastery 2: Sabbath
Please help your child fill in the blanks on these facts about the Sabbath.
Mission Team: A Church for Sejong
This quarter we are helping our brothers and sisters in the Northern-Asia Pacific Division share Jesus with the people there. The countries of focus include China, Japan, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, and Taiwan. The world church is building the first Adventist church in Sejong, South Korea among other projects. Will you bring your coins all quarter long to give to the world mission project?