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Genesis One: The Beginning

SATURDAY, July 19
Prayer
Praise: How Great Thou Art
Memorize Thy Word: Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning God made the heavens and the earth.” Jeremiah 32:17: “Ah Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You.” Colossians 1:16,17: “For in Him all things were created both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether throne or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”
Memorize: The books of the Pentateuch and the names of the nine books of history in the Old Testament
Lesson: Genesis

 Genesis is the first book of the Old Testament. Testament is “a solemn authentic instrument in writing, by which a person declares his will.” Testament is the same as covenant. Covenant means “the commands, prohibitions, and promises of God; the promise of God to man, that man’s perfect obedience should entitle him to happiness.” This is the will of God for man.
 Genesis is the first of the five books of Moses—the Pentateuch. Genesis means original—the creation; or generation—His story of the generations. It is a genealogy of the sons of man.
 1. God addressed His Word to us so that we may fully know Him. Psalm 111:2 says, “Great are the works of the Lord; they are studied by all who delight in them.” Genesis means origin or beginning. The whole Bible rests on the book of Genesis; it is the foundation of our faith and knowledge of God. If we cannot trust God’s Word about creation, we cannot trust God’s Word about salvation.
 2. Read John 5:47 where Jesus says, “But if you do not believe his (Moses, the author of creation) writings, how will you believe My words?”
 3. Sometimes we may think that if God would just talk out loud to our unsaved family or if He would just allow them a glimpse of heaven or hell, they would believe God and be saved; yet God has made Himself known through His magnificent creations and through His Word so that all are without excuse.
 4. Read Romans 1:20-23: “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.”
 5. Read Psalm 14:1: “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’”
 6. Read Luke 16:22-31: “Now it came about that the poor man died and he was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried. And in Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw Abraham far away, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried out and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue; for I am in agony in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great chasm fixed, in order that those who wish to come over from here to you may not be able, and that none may cross over from there to us.’ And he said, ‘Then I beg you, Father, that you send him to my father’s house—for I have five brothers—that he may warn them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ But he said, ‘No, Father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!’ But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone rises from the dead.’”

SUNDAY, July 20
Prayer
Praise: How Great Thou Art
Memorize Thy Word: Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning God made the heavens and the earth.” Jeremiah 32:17: “Ah Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You.” Colossians 1:16,17: “For in Him all things were created both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether throne or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”
Memorize: Books of History
Lesson: The First Day of Creation

 1. Read Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
 2. The Hebrew word for God here is Elohim, which declares God’s power and strength. It also speaks of the plurality of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
 3. The Hebrew word for create here is bara, which means to make out of nothing. Only God has this unique power to create something out of nothing.
 4. Read Hebrews 11:3,6: “By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the Word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible…. And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”
 5. Read Jeremiah 32:17: “Ah Lord God! Behold, Thou hast made the heavens and the earth by Thy great power and by Thine outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for Thee.”
 6. Read Proverbs 3:19: “The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding He established the heavens.”
 7. Read Psalm 104:24: “O Lord, how many are Thy works! In wisdom Thou hast made them all; the earth is full of Thy possessions.”
 8. Read Proverbs 1:7: “The fear (reverence) of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.”
 9. Read Genesis 1:2-5: “And the earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. And God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.”
 10. We must stand in awe of God who brings order out of chaos, fills the void with His magnificent presence, and speaks light into darkness. Truly, God is our El Shaddai – God Almighty!
 11. The picture of the earth lying formless, void, empty, dark, and in waste until God’s Spirit moved and brought His good light to it is a perfect analogy of our lives without God, before God’s Spirit moved upon us and brought light and life into our lives. We were once dead, but now we are alive—filled with life and light and purpose.
 12. Read Ezekiel 37:1-14: “The hand of the Lord was upon me, and He brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; and it was full of bones. And He caused me to pass among them round about, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley; and lo, they were very dry. And He said to me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’ And I answered, ‘O Lord God, Thou knowest.’ Again He said to me, ‘Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, “O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.” Thus says the Lord God to these bones, “Behold, I will cause breath to enter you that you may come to life. And I will put sinews on you, make flesh grow back on you, cover you with skin, and put breath in you that you may come alive; and you will know that I am the Lord.”’ So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold, a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to its bone. And I looked, and behold, sinews were on them, and flesh grew, and skin covered them; but there was no breath in them. Then He said to me, ‘Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, “Thus says the Lord God, ‘Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain that they come to life.’”’ So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they came to life, and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army. Then He said to me, ‘Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel; behold, they say, “Our bones are dried up, and our hope has perished. We are completely cut off.” Therefore prophesy, and say to them, “Thus says the Lord God, ‘Behold, I will open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves, My people; and I will bring you into the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves and caused you to come up out of your graves, My people. And I will put My Spirit within you, and you will come to life, and I will place you on your own land. Then you will know that I, the Lord, have spoken and done it,’ declares the Lord.”’”
 13. Now we will discover that the three persons of God were at work in the creation: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Let’s talk first about the Word of God, which brings light.
 14. Read Psalm 33:6-9: “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of His mouth all their host. Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.”
 God’s Word puts His mighty power in force as it acts according to His purpose. He spoke and it was done; not over a period of millions of years; when our powerful God speaks, it is done! Remember when Jesus spoke and His Word calmed the raging sea—not after several hours or days, but immediately.
 Who is God’s Word but Jesus Christ Himself?
 15. Read John 1:1-18: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him; and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness; and the darkness did not comprehend it. There came a man, sent from God, whose name was John. He came for a witness, that he might bear witness of the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came that he might bear witness of the light. There was the true light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born not of blood nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth…. No man has seen God at any time; the only begotten God, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.”
  A. Jesus was not made by God. “He was in the beginning with God.” Jesus is the second person of God—eternal, divine, and the power that brings about God’s purpose. The Word of God is Jesus Himself who accomplishes God’s purpose. “All things came into being through Him ... and the light shines in the darkness … and the world was made through Him…. He gave them the right to become children of God … He is in the bosom of the Father.”
  B. There is no life without Him, and all life is given and kept by the Word, which is Jesus Christ Himself. “In Him was life and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness and enlightens every man.” When we have the Word, He enlightens us, and His light shines through us.
  C. “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us.” The baby that was born in Bethlehem and dwelt among the living dead upon the earth was the Word of God, the second person of God, God Himself in the flesh.
 16. Jesus is subject to the Father. Read John 12:49: “For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me commandment, what to say, and what to speak.”
  A. Read the entire 17th chapter of John, which shows how the Son is subject to the Father. It is a precious testimony of His humble submission to His Father.
 17. Read Colossians 1:16,17: “For in Him all things were created both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether throne or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”
 18. Read Hebrews 1:1-3: “God … in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power.”
 19. Christ is the wisdom and power of God.
  A. Read Colossians 2:2,3: “… Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
  B. Read 1 Corinthians 1:18-31: “For the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the cleverness of the clever I will set aside.’ Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For indeed Jews ask for signs, and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block, and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men … For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise … that no man should boast before God. But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, that just as it is written, ‘Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.’”
  C. Read Proverbs 8:12-36: “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion. The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way, and the perverted mouth, I hate. Counsel is mine and sound wisdom; I am understanding, power is mine. By me kings reign, and rulers decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, all who judge rightly. I love those who love me; and those who diligently seek me will find me. Riches and honor are with me, enduring wealth and righteousness. My fruit is better than gold, even pure gold, and my yield than choicest silver. I walk in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of justice, to endow those who love me with wealth, that I may fill their treasuries. The Lord possessed me at the beginning of His way, before His works of old. From everlasting I was established, from the beginning, from the earliest times of the earth. When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills I was brought forth; while He had not yet made the earth and the fields, nor the first dust of the world. When He established the heavens, I was there, when He inscribed a circle on the face of the deep, when He made firm the skies above, when the springs of the deep became fixed, when He set for the sea its boundary, so that the water should not transgress His command, when He marked out the foundations of the earth; then I was beside him, as a master workman; and I was daily His delight, rejoicing always before Him, rejoicing in the world, His earth, and having my delight in the sons of men. Now therefore, O sons, listen to me, for blessed are they who keep my ways. Heed instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it. Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at my doorposts. For he who finds me finds life, and obtains favor from the Lord. But he who sins against me injures himself; all those who hate me love death.”
  D. Read Psalm 104:24: “O Lord, how many are Thy works! In wisdom Thou hast made them all; the earth is full of Thy possessions.”
  E. Noah Webster defines light as “matter which makes objects perceptible to the sense of seeing, but the particles of which are separately invisible. Light is real matter existing independent of other substances, with properties peculiar to itself. Its velocity is astonishing, as it passes through a space of nearly twelve millions of miles in a minute. Life …instruction; knowledge. Means of knowing. Means of understanding. God, the source of knowledge. Christ—That was the true light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world. Joy; comfort … prosperity; happiness. Support; comfort; deliverance. The gospel. The understanding of judgment. The gifts and graces of Christians. A moral instructor. A true Christian. A good king.”
 20. Now let’s discuss the Spirit of God, which was also there in the beginning who brings life, who teaches us all things, who reveals God’s wisdom, who guides us into all truth, whose role is to represent Christ with Christ’s authority, who is our Helper, who bears witness of Christ, and helps us bear witness of Christ.
  A. Read John 6:63: “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.”
  B. Read John 14:16,26: “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever…. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.”
  C. Read 1 Corinthians 2:10,12: “For to us God revealed them (His wisdom) through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God…. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things freely given to us by God.”
  D. Read John 16:13,14: “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. He shall glorify me; for He shall take of Mine, and shall disclose it to you.”
  E. Read John 15:26,27: “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness of Me, and you will bear witness also.”
  F. When we become God’s, the Spirit of God actually dwells within us. Read 1 Corinthians 3:16: “Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”
 21. At the end notice God makes a point to say, “And there was evening and there was morning, one day.” This is so there would be no mistake about the time it actually took God to create our world.

MONDAY, July 21
Prayer
Praise: How Great Thou Art
Memorize Thy Word: Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning God made the heavens and the earth.” Jeremiah 32:17: “Ah Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You.” Colossians 1:16,17: “For in Him all things were created both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether throne or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”
Memorize: Books of History
Lesson: The Second Day of Creation

 1. Read Genesis 1:6-8: “Then God said, ‘Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.’ And God made the expanse, and separated the waters which were below the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so. And God called the expanse heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.”
 2. The Hebrew for heavens is shamayim, which means stretched out space. To think that God even had to stretch out the space before He made everything else. Mayim means water; sham means in it.
  A. Scientists have just recently discovered that there is water in space even though David declared in Psalm 148:4: “Praise Him, highest heavens, and the waters that are above the heavens.”
  B. We now know that a dense canopy of water vapor surrounds Venus and also Saturn’s moon, Titan. This dense canopy of water had to cover our earth, too, because no rain had been mentioned until Genesis 7:11 where we are told, “The floodgates of the sky were opened (or also the windows of the heavens).” Also, in Genesis 9:13,14, God gives the first rainbow as a promise to His people. Genesis 2:6: “But a mist used to rise from the earth and water the whole surface of the ground.”
  C. Job 26:8: “He wraps up the waters in His clouds; and the cloud does not burst under them.” This is amazing since there are 1,000,000 droplets of water in one raindrop and 100 to 1,000 tons of water in one cloud.
  D. Read Job 28:24-28: “For He looks to the ends of the earth, and sees everything under the heavens. When he imparted weight to the wind, and meted out the waters by measure, when He set a limit for the rain, and a course for the thunderbolt, then he saw it and declared it; He established it and also searched it out. And to man he said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.’”
  E. All living things need water to live—plants, animals, and man. Our bodies, for instance, need 2˝ quarts of water per day because we are 65% water. This water carries nutrients where they need to go and carries the toxic waste out of our bodies.
 Our planet is the only heavenly body that we know of that can sustain life.
 4. Our atmosphere goes up 1,000 miles above our earth and remains there without floating off. God designed our earth so it had gravity, not only to hold us, and our belongings, from floating off into space, but to hold our atmosphere in place as well. Not only do we not need to worry about our air floating off, but we also need not worry about being crushed by the air around us. Yes, air has weight.
 5. Read Job 28:24,25: “For He looks to the ends of the earth, and sees everything under the heavens. When He imparted weight to the wind, and meted out the waters by measure.”
  A. There is actually 1 ton of air pressing down on each of us right now. We don’t feel it because God made it to exert the same amount of pressure on us from all sides.
  B. The air pressure is greatest closest to the earth. At sea level the air exerts 15 pounds of pressure per square inch; whereas, the higher up you go the less pressure there is and the less oxygen there is to breathe.
 6. Read Ecclesiastes 1:6: “Blowing toward the south, then turning toward the north, the wind continues swirling along; and on its circular courses the wind returns.”
  A. Being heated from the earth, as warm air rises, cooler, denser air rushes in to fill the low pressure places, making a continual flow of air. This causes wind. Wind in turn helps moderate the earth’s temperature, moves clouds to spread out the rain, blows pollen to help pollinate plants, and blows seeds to sow elsewhere.
 7. The atmosphere also works as a shield to protect us from the sun’s heat and also keeps the earth warm at night by storing the heat from the day.
 8. “And God called the expanse Heaven.” Heaven is “the expanse which surrounds the earth, and which appears above and around us, like an immense arch or vault…. Among Christians, the part of space in which the omnipresent Jehovah is supposed to afford a more sensible manifestation of His glory. Hence, this is called the habitation of God, and is represented as the residence of angels and blessed spirits.”
 9. Read Ezekiel 1:25-28: “And there came a voice from above the expanse that was over their heads; whenever they stood still, they dropped their wings. Now above the expanse that was over their heads there was something resembling a throne, like lapis lazuli in appearance; and on that which resembled a throne, high up, was a figure with the appearance of a man. Then I noticed from the appearance of His loins and upward something like glowing metal that looked like fire all around within it, and from the appearance of His loins and downward I saw something like fire; and there was a radiance around Him. As the appearance of the rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the surrounding radiance. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell on my face and heard a voice speaking.”
 10. Read Deuteronomy 26:15: “Look down from Thy holy habitation, from heaven, and bless Thy people…”
 11. Read Job 22:12-14: “Is not God in the height of heaven? Look also at the distant stars, how high they are! And you say, ‘What does God know? Can He judge through the thick darkness?’ Clouds are a hiding place for Him, so that He cannot see; and He walks on the vault of heaven.”
 12. When we look to the heavens, we should be reminded of God’s magnificence, His glory, His majesty, His infinite wisdom, His immensity. For our God is an AWESOME GOD!!

TUESDAY, July 22
Prayer
Praise: How Great Thou Art
Memorize Thy Word: Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning God made the heavens and the earth.” Jeremiah 32:17: “Ah Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You.” Colossians 1:16,17: “For in Him all things were created both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether throne or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”
Memorize: Books of History
Lesson: The Third Day of Creation

 1. Read Genesis 1:9,10: “Then God said, ‘Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear’; and it was so. And God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas; and God saw that it was good.”
 2. The Earth: Before the astronauts ever saw the earth hanging in the heavens, God told us in Job 26:7: “He stretches out the north over empty space; and hangs the earth on nothing.”
  A. The Hebrew word for earth is erets, which means dirt or matter.
  B. The earth is traveling at an astounding speed of 66,000 miles per hour, yet not only do we not feel it, but isn’t it amazing that we do not fall off? This is due to the fact that God made gravitational force to hold us in place.
  C. It was God who created rocks, precious gems, underground streams, and volcanoes. Read Job 28:1-11: “Surely there is a mine for silver, and a place where they refine gold. Iron is taken from the dust, and from rock copper is smelted. Man puts an end to darkness, and to the farthest limit he searches out the rock in gloom and deep shadow. He sinks a shaft far from habitation, forgotten by the foot; they hang and swing to and fro far from men. The earth, from it comes food, and underneath it is turned up as fire. Its rocks are the source of sapphires, and its dust contains gold. The path no bird of prey knows, nor has the falcon’s eye caught sight of it. The proud beasts have not trodden it, nor has the fierce lion passed over it. He puts his hand on the flint; He overturns the mountains at the base. He hews out channels through the rocks; and His eye sees anything precious. He dams up the streams from flowing; and what is hidden He brings out to the light.”
 3. Read Psalm 95:1-4: “O come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods, in whose hand are the depths of the earth; the peaks of the mountains are His also.”
 4. Use a globe or map to show the continents. Man has named the large land masses continents. From largest to smallest, the continents are Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, and Australia.

WEDNESDAY, July 23
Prayer
Praise: How Great Thou Art
Memorize Thy Word: Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning God made the heavens and the earth.” Jeremiah 32:17: “Ah Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You.” Colossians 1:16,17: “For in Him all things were created both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether throne or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”
Memorize: Books of History
Lesson: The Seas (Reread Genesis 1:9,10)

 1. Read Psalm 95:5,6: “The sea is His, for it was He who made it; and His hands formed the dry land. Come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.”
 2. Read Psalm 33:6-8: “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of His mouth all their host. He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deeps in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.”
 3. God created the great and mighty sea, which covers three-fourths of the earth’s surface. Man has divided the sea into four oceans. The first and largest of these is the Pacific. It covers more than 1/3 of the earth’s surface and is also the deepest. Near the island of Guam, it has been measured to be at least 36,198 feet deep. The Atlantic Ocean is the next largest. It is the saltiest of the oceans and has the richest fishing areas. The Indian Ocean is the warmest ocean, while the Arctic is the coldest.
 4. Read Ecclesiastes 1:7: “All the rivers flow into the sea, yet the sea is not full. To the place where the rivers flow, there they flow again.”
 5. Considering that God placed about 340,000,000 cubic miles of water on the earth, isn’t it comforting to know that God will never send another devastating flood again so that even though all the rivers flow into the sea, the sea will not overflow the dry land? God gave us just the right amount of water, not too much that it will flood the earth and not too little that we thirst, but we are able to use the water He gave us over and over again.
 6. The water on the earth evaporates into the atmosphere as water vapor or humidity. This then becomes precipitation—rain, sleet, snow, or hail—and falls back upon the earth. This process continues over and over again.
 7. By His Word He controls the weather. Read Psalm 147:15-18: “He sends forth His command to the earth; His word runs very swiftly. He gives snow like wool; He scatters the hoarfrost like ashes. He casts forth His ice as fragments; who can stand before His cold? He sends forth His word and melts them; He causes His wind to blow and the waters to flow.”
 8. There once lived a Christian man named Matthew Maury, who had been seriously injured in a stagecoach accident. Making the most of his time, he took this opportunity to read more of God’s Word and to pray. While reading in Psalms he came upon a verse in chapter 8 verse 8 that read “the paths of the seas.” Strongly believing God’s Word to be true led this man of God to make many important discoveries on wind patterns and ocean currents. These “paths of the seas,” which we call currents, are moved primarily by the wind. It is these very currents that continually move in paths from the equator to the poles and from the poles to the equator that help moderate the earth’s climate. While the currents from the equator bring warm water towards the poles, which helps warm that land area, the cold water from the poles moves towards the equator and helps cool that land area. God is so wise.

THURSDAY, July 24
Prayer
Praise: How Great Thou Art
Memorize Thy Word: Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning God made the heavens and the earth.” Jeremiah 32:17: “Ah Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You.” Colossians 1:16,17: “For in Him all things were created both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether throne or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”
Memorize: Books of History
Lesson: Vegetation

 1. Read Genesis 1:11-13: “Then God said, ‘Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit after their kind, with seed in them, on the earth’; and it was so. And the earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit, with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, a third day.”
 2. God created over 350,000 different kinds of plants for our benefit. For two-thirds of the food we eat comes from plants, while the other third comes from animals that depend on plants. Plants also provide us with the oxygen that is absolutely imperative for life. We can live a little over a month without food, several days without water, but only a few minutes without oxygen. Again, what a perfect design for all creation; and how balanced God makes even our environment. We inhale the oxygen that the plants give off, while we exhale the carbon dioxide that they need to exist.
 3. Plants also give off water into the air. On a summer day, plants covering one square mile of land can give off 50,000 tons of water vapor. But not only do plants provide us with food, oxygen, and water, plants also provide us with shelter, clothing, medicine, fuel, rubber, and paper. They also limit erosion, help our climate, give shelter and food to the animals, and provide us with great beauty.
 4. Isn’t it incredible to know that every plant is designed and preprogrammed to produce only its own seed; a kernel of corn will always produce corn, never cabbage, turnips, or eggplant. Here we can clearly see that even seeds are bound by God’s command, ever faithful to reproduce only after their own kind. Their roots always go down into the earth, while their stem and leaves always reach up to the sun. So once again we can count on God’s wisdom and faithfulness that when we plant our food, we know that we will get what we plant.
 5. This also holds true with our spiritual lives as well. Read Galatians 6:7-9: “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh shall from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit shall from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary.”
 6. Read 2 Corinthians 9:6: “Now this I say, he who sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he who sows bountifully shall also reap bountifully.” Consider that a tiny poppy seed has the potential of yielding tens of thousands of seeds—now that is a productive seed. God has given each of us great potential. Are we being productive? Are we sowing all that God has given us? Will we reap bountifully? Only those things done for the Lord will last. Are we making the most of our time by spending it according to God’s will? It is good for each of us to continually examine our lives to see if we are spending our time as God would have us spend it.
 7. Read Matthew 6:19-33: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal, for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also…. For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more that food, and the body more that clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? … But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! … But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
 8. Think of how God provides for each plant as He gave each seed a storehouse of food to nourish each young plant until it is mature enough to produce its own food. The seed coat also protects the embryo until the seed sprouts. Then the seed coat dies, but the young plant is very much alive and able to grow and bring forth fruit. God uses this analogy of the fruitfulness of His own death and of our death to ourselves when we become a new man in Christ in John 12:24: “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself alone; but if it dies it bears much fruit.” This is symbolic of Jesus’ death and resurrection. He died so that we may live eternally with Him, that we may have new life and live it abundantly.
 9. Think of how amazing it is that God designed plants in such a way that they can make their own food. They take the carbon dioxide that we exhale, combine it with sunlight, water, and minerals and make the sugars they need to grow. This process is called photosynthesis.
 10. Read Leviticus 26:1-5: “You shall not make for yourselves idols, nor shall you set up for yourselves an image or a sacred pillar, nor shall you place a figured stone in your land to bow down to it; for I am the Lord your God. You shall keep My sabbaths and reverence My sanctuary; I am the Lord. If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments so as to carry them out, then I shall give you rains in their season, so that the land will yield its produce and the trees of the field will bear their fruit. Indeed, your threshing will last for you until grape gathering, and grape gathering will last until sowing time. You will thus eat your food to the full and live securely in your land.”
 11. God also promises in Genesis 8:22 that “while the earth remains, seedtime and harvest … shall not cease.”
 12. Read Psalm 65:9-13: “Thou dost visit the earth, and cause it to overflow; Thou dost greatly enrich it; the stream of God is full of water; Thou dost prepare their grain, for thus Thou dost prepare the earth. Thou dost water its furrows abundantly; Thou dost settle its ridges; Thou dost soften it with showers; Thou dost bless its growth. Thou hast crowned the year with Thy bounty, and Thy paths drip with fatness. The pastures of the wilderness drip, and the hills gird themselves with rejoicing. The meadows are clothed with flocks, and the valleys are covered with grain; they shout for joy, yes, they sing.”
 13. Again, we can trust in God’s consistency and faithfulness to His people. Furthermore, when we consider that Mercury’s year is just 88 days or that Mars’ year is a whopping 687 days, we can thank Him for providing us with the perfect amount of time for planting and harvesting.
 14. Read Job 5:8-10: “But as for me, I would seek God, and I would place my cause before God; who does great and unsearchable things, wonders without number. He gives rain on the earth, and sends water on the fields.”
 15. Read Isaiah 55:10,11: “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth, and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so shall My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.”