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Prayer: "Dear Lord, Help me to understand and believe that you are the creator of everything, including men; and that the theory of gradual evolution of matter and life are completely false and have no scientific or Biblical foundation. Thank you. Amen."
Read the Scripture Verses for Lessons 1 and 2. Review Points to Remember in Lessons 1 and 2.
Do the test page for Lesson 1.
Read the Memory verse 5 times.
(Isaiah 42:5): "Thus saith God the Lord, He that created the Heavens, and stretched them out; He that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; He that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein."
These creative acts are recorded in the first chapter of the Bible:
(1) The creation of the Heavens and the earth, verse 1.
The first creation: that of the Heavens and the earth When was it? Some say millions or even billions of years ago. Many Bible scholars believe in a much younger earth 6,000 years, based on the Bible records of man. Frankly, we cannot be positive as to the date of creation; that is one of GOD'S secrets that we'll find out when we get to Heaven. As one preacher said, "GOD threw a handful of nothing out into space and said 'stay there!'" We do know that the word "Create" means to make something from nothing.
Man today, with all his scientific knowledge, thinks he knows everything. However, God's talk to Job (Job chapters 38, 39, 40) shows us how little knowledge on this subject there is. At your earliest convenience, read the entire book of JOB. This is claimed to be the oldest written book in the Bible, written before the law was given to Moses. But for the purpose here, let's read the 38th Chapter, (Verses 1 through 37):
"The Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand thee, and answer thou me. Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare if thou hast understanding. Who hath laid the measure thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the cornerstone thereof; When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb? When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it. And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors, and said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further; and here shall thy proud waves be stayed? Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place; That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it? It is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment. And from the wicked their light is withholden, and the high arm shall be broken, Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth? Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death? Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou knowest it all. Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness where is the place thereof, That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the paths of the house thereof? Knowest thou it, because thou wast then born? Or because the number of thy days is great? Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of hail, which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war? By what way is the light parted, which scattereth the east wind and upon the earth? Who hath divided a water-course for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder; To cause it to rain on the earth; where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man; to satisfy the desolate and waste ground; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth? Hath the rain a father? or who hath begotten the drops of dew? Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of Heaven, who hath gendered it? The waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen. Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? Or canst thou guide Arcturuss with his sons? Knowest thou the ordinances of Heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth? Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee, and say unto thee, Here we are? Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? Or who hath given understanding to the heart? Who can number the clouds in wisdom? Or who can stay the bottles of Heaven?
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