I LOVE TO TELL THE STORY: THE CREATION STORY – Part 1 (By Janine Mick Wills)
“I Love to Tell the Story”
(Lyrics: Katherine Hankey
Music: William G. Fischer)
Of unseen things above,
Of Jesus and his glory,
Of Jesus and his love.
Because I know ’tis true;
It satisfies my longings
As nothing else can do.
’twill be my theme in glory,
To tell the old, old story
Of Jesus and his love.
I love to study the Bible, and I love to teach. I started a Sunday school curriculum at one of the churches my husband pastored. And where did I begin? The book of Genesis, of course, since it is the beginning of all things, except for God.
No matter how many times I read the Creation account, God shows me something new. I wanted to share supplemental information about Creation with teachers to help them be more equipped to teach their students. This will be an in-depth study. Pull up a chair, grab pen and paper, and prayerfully ask God to show you something new.*
Scripture to read in preparation for this study: Job 38; Psalm 8; Ps. 19:1-6; John 1:1-3; Ephesians 3:9; Colossians. 1:16; 2 Timothy. 3:16; Hebrews. 1:2, 10; 11:3; 2 Peter. 1:21 (and other verses throughout the lesson)
Though Moses wrote the book of Genesis (except for Deuteronomy 34:5-12, which tells of his death), its real Author is God, the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved (borne along) by the Holy Ghost).
Genesis is called Beresthith in the Hebrew language, the language in which the book of Genesis was originally written. The word “genesis” comes from the Greek language and means “origins” or “generations.” Genesis is the first book of the Pentateuch, or the first five books of the Hebrew Bible (Derived from the Greek word pente or “five”. For example – a pentagram has five sides and the Pentagon building, which also has five sides).
Genesis was quoted over 60 times in the New Testament. Christ Himself quoted from the book (i.e. Matthew 3:4, 5, 9; 19:8; Luke 24:27, et al).
If you don’t believe Genesis 1:1 (In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth), you won’t believe the rest of the Bible. For God (or Christ, Who is God) truly is “the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord…” (Revelation 1:8a).
So, how can you believe in God and the Creation?** By faith! (Hebrews 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.) What is faith? (Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.) We are saved through faith (Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God). When you believe something by faith, God is pleased (Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him).
It takes more faith to believe in evolution (a very long, involved process) than it takes to believe in Creation (God spoke or made everything instantaneously).
Creation proves there is a God (Psalm 19:1-3 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard). This “General Revelation” means every person can look at Creation and know there is a God. This will not save a person, but acknowledging a Creator is the first step. No one has an excuse for not believing in God (Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse). A person willfully rejects God and his means of salvation, His Son, Jesus Christ (Roman 1:21 Because that, when they knew God (through His creation), they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened).
Did you know that God created time? (Job 38:12 Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring (the dawn) to know his place.) Before the first day of Creation, there was no time – for God had no beginning. He always was (…which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. Revelation 1:8b).
From tracing the genealogies (generations of families) listed in the Bible (Genesis 5, 11) and from undisputed date markers, man has approximated that Creation took place 6,000 years ago, not billions of years ago as the evolutionists teach. Some theologians (theo-God; ology-study; those that study God) believe the year of Creation was 4004 B.C. Bishop Ussher, who was alive during the King James era, was the first man to arrive at that date. More recently, computer programs from Harvard University have also come up with that date.
*Feel free to use any of the above for your study or teaching, but please give due credit. If you are a Sunday school teacher and would like the lesson plan for Creation (Juniors or Primaries) with accompanying songs and verses, please send me a message. I’d love to share!
** If you do not believe in God or have never accepted Christ as your Savior, please see HOW TO KNOW YOU HAVE ETERNAL LIFE.