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Genesis One: The Beginning

SATURDAY, July 26
Prayer
Praise: Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Memorize Thy Word: Psalm 139:13-18: “For Thou didst form my inward parts; Thou didst weave me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Thy works, and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from Thee, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth. Thine eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Thy book they were all written, the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them. How precious also are Thy thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.”
Memorize: Books of Poetry
Lesson: Job 37-39

 Read Job 37: “At this also my heart trembles, and leaps from its place. Listen closely to the thunder of His voice, and the rumbling that goes out from His mouth. Under the whole heaven He lets it loose, and His lightning to the ends of the earth. After it, a voice roars; He thunders with His majestic voice; and He does not restrain the lightnings when His voice is heard. God thunders with His voice wondrously, doing great things which we cannot comprehend. For to the snow He says, ‘Fall on the earth,’ and to the downpour and the rain, ‘Be strong.’ He seals the hand of every man, that all men may know His work. Then the beast goes into its lair, and remains in its den. Out of the south comes the storm, and out of the north the cold. From the breath of God ice is made, and the expanse of the waters is frozen. Also with moisture He loads the thick cloud; He disperses the cloud of His lightning. And it changes direction, turning around by His guidance, that it may do whatever He commands it on the face of the inhabited earth. Whether for correction, or for His world, or for lovingkindness, He causes it to happen. Listen to this, O Job, stand and consider the wonders of God. Do you know how God establishes them, and makes the lightning of His cloud to shine? Do you know about the layers of the thick clouds, the wonders of one perfect in knowledge, you whose garments are hot, when the land is still because of the south wind? Can you, with Him, spread out the skies, strong as a molten mirror? Teach us what we shall say to Him; we cannot arrange our case because of darkness. Shall it be told Him that I would speak? Or should a man say that he would be swallowed up? And now men do not see the light which is bright in the skies; but the wind has passed and cleared them. Out of the north comes golden splendor; around God is awesome majesty. The Almighty—we cannot find Him; He is exalted in power; and He will not do violence to justice and abundant righteousness. Therefore men fear Him; He does not regard any who are wise of heart.”
 Read Job 38: “Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said, ‘Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Now gird up your loins like a man, and I will ask you, and you instruct Me! Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth! Tell Me, if you have understanding, who set its measurements, since you know? Or who stretched the line on it? On what were its bases sunk? Or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Or who enclosed the sea with doors, when, bursting forth, it went out from the womb; when I made a cloud its garment, and thick darkness its swaddling band, and I placed boundaries on it, and I set a bolt and doors, and I said, “Thus far you shall come, but no farther; and here shall your proud waves stop”? Have you ever in your life commanded the morning, and caused the dawn to know its place; that it might take hold of the ends of the earth, and the wicked be shaken out of it? It is changed like clay under the seal; and they stand forth like a garment. And from the wicked their light is withheld, and the uplifted arm is broken. Have you entered into the springs of the sea? Or have you walked in the recesses of the deep? Have the gates of death been revealed to you? Or have you seen the gates of deep darkness? Have you understood the expanse of the earth? Tell Me, if you know all this. Where is the way to the dwelling of light? And darkness, where is its place, that you may take it to its territory, and that you may discern the paths to its home? You know, for you were born then, and the number of your days is great! Have you entered the storehouses of the snow, or have you seen the storehouses of the hail, which I have reserved for the time of distress, for the day of war and battle? Where is the way that the light is divided, or the east wind scattered on the earth? Who has cleft a channel for the flood, or a way for the thunderbolt; to bring rain on a land without people, on a desert without a man in it, to satisfy the waste and desolate land, and to make the seeds of grass to sprout? Has the rain a father? Or who has begotten the drops of dew? From whose womb has come the ice? And the frost of heaven, who has given it birth? Water becomes hard like stone, and the surface of the deep is imprisoned. Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades, or loose the cords of Orion? Can you lead forth a constellation in its season, and guide the Bear with her satellites? Do you know the ordinances of the heavens, or fix their rule over the earth? Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, so that an abundance of water may cover you? Can you send forth lightnings that they may go and say to you, “Here we are”? Who has put wisdom in the innermost being, or has given understanding to the mind? Who can count the clouds by wisdom, or tip the water jars of the heavens, when the dust hardens into a mass, and the clods stick together? Can you hunt the prey for the lion, or satisfy the appetite of the young lions, when they crouch in their dens, and lie in wait in their lair? Who prepares for the raven its nourishment, when its young cry to God, and wander about without food?’”
 Read Job 39: “Do you know the time the mountain goats give birth? Do you observe the calving of the deer? Can you count the months they fulfill, or do you know the time they give birth? They kneel down, they bring forth their young, they get rid of their labor pains. Their offspring become strong, they grow up in the open field; they leave and do not return to them. Who sent out the wild donkey free? And who loosed the bonds of the swift donkey, to whom I gave the wilderness for a home, and the salt land for his dwelling place? He scorns the tumult of the city, the shoutings of the driver he does not hear. He explores the mountains for his pasture, and he searches after every green thing. Will the wild ox consent to serve you? Or will he spend the night at your manger? Can you bind the wild ox in a furrow with ropes? Or will he harrow the valleys after you? Will you trust him because his strength is great and leave your labor to him? Will you have faith in him that he will return your grain, and gather it from your threshing floor? The ostriches’ wings flap joyously with the pinion and plumage of love, for she abandons her eggs to the earth, and warms them in the dust, and she forgets that a foot may crush them, or that a wild beast may trample them. She treats her young cruelly, as if they were not hers; though her labor be in vain, she is unconcerned; because God has made her forget wisdom, and has not given her a share of understanding. When she lifts herself on high, she laughs at the horse and his rider. Do you give the horse his might? Do you clothe his neck with a mane? Do you make him leap like the locust? His majestic snorting is terrible. He paws in the valley, and rejoices in his strength; he goes out to meet the weapons. He laughs at fear and is not dismayed; and he does not turn back from the sword. The quiver rattles against him, the flashing spear and javelin. With shaking and rage he races over the ground; and he does not stand still at the voice of the trumpet. As often as the trumpet sounds he says, ‘Aha!’ And he scents the battle from afar, and thunder of the captains, and the war cry. Is it by your understanding that the hawk soars, stretching his wings toward the south? Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up, and makes his nest on high? On the cliff he dwells and lodges, upon the rocky crag, an inaccessible place. From there he spies out food; his eyes see it from afar. His young ones also suck up blood; and where the slain are, there is he.”

SUNDAY, July 27
Prayer
Praise: Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Memorize Thy Word: Psalm 139:13-18: “For Thou didst form my inward parts; Thou didst weave me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Thy works, and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from Thee, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth. Thine eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Thy book they were all written, the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them. How precious also are Thy thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.”
Memorize: Books of Poetry
Lesson: The Fourth Day of Creation

 The Heavens Truly Declare the Glory of Our God
 1. Read Genesis 1:14-19: “Then God said, ‘Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth’; and it was so. And God made the two great lights; the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also. And God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.”
  A. It is very important to understand that it is God, and God alone who sustains life, not the sun. For in Psalm 104:29,30: “Thou dost take away their spirit, they expire, and return to their dust. Thou dost send forth Thy Spirit, they are created; and Thou dost renew the face of the ground.” This could very well be why He created the plants before the sun so that man in his limited wisdom would not make more of the sun’s role than what God intended. For surely, God’s illuminated presence lit up the earth before there was any sun or moon.
 2. The Sun: Read Psalm 19:1-6: “The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their utterances to the end of the world. In them he has placed a tent for the sun, which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber; it rejoices as a strong man to run his course. Its rising is from one end of the heavens, and its circuit to the other end of them; and there is nothing hidden from its heat.”
  A. Even though it is 93 million miles away, the sun is the closest star to the earth. In driving time, that means it would take us 200 years to get to the sun, yet the light from the sun shines upon us every day. How can this be? Well, we couldn’t be any closer to the sun, or we would burn up. God made the sun’s light to travel at an amazing speed of 186,000 miles per second so that the sun’s light could light our earth every day, always giving off the same amount of heat and light—a steady supply of energy.
  B. Even the dawn and sunset praise God. Psalm 65:8: “And they who dwell in the ends of the earth stand in awe of Thy signs; Thou dost make the dawn and the sunset shout for joy.”
  C. And to think that one day we will shine as bright as the sun. Matthew 13:43: “Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.” Psalm 8:3: “When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained.”
  D. Why does the sun seem to rise in the east and set in the west? Because as the earth rotates around the sun, it also rotates from west to east, making a complete circle every 24 hours. This gives us day and night.
  E. In our limited wisdom, all of us at one time or another have probably wished for longer days so we could have more time to get things done, yet God, in His infinite wisdom, gave us just the right amount of time in each day. We can understand this a little better when we consider that a day on the planet Mercury is equal to about 59 of our days, while Jupiter’s day is less than 10 hours. God is certainly all knowing to give us just what we needed—24 hours, so that we have 12 hours of day and 12 hours of night.
  F. It takes the earth 365¼ days to orbit the sun once, which gives us our different seasons. This is due to the way the sun’s rays strike the earth at different times of the year, because sometimes we are closer to the sun, and sometimes we are farther away. Therefore, the distance we are from the sun’s heat and light determines our climate and seasons. Another amazing fact is that year after year the earth continues to orbit the sun instead of flying off into space. This is due to the boundaries God set. The sun’s gravity keeps the earth from spinning off into space. Get a ball rolling and see if you can keep it turning along the same path. Only God could do something so wonderful.
 3. The Moon: The moon is 240,000 miles away. Did you know that the moon does not shine on its own, but reflects the light from the sun? The moon’s temperature during the day is a very hot 216 degrees, while at night it becomes very cold with temperatures at -250 degrees. We certainly could not live on the moon.
  A. The moon revolves around the earth every 30 days. People years ago watched the phases of the moon to determine the time of the month.
 4. The Stars: Read Psalm 147:4,5: “He counts the number of the stars; He gives names to all of them. Great is our Lord, and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite.”
  A. Read Job 9:9,10: “Who alone stretches out the heavens…Who makes the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades…Who does great things, unfathomable, and wondrous works without number.”
  B. Read Job 38:31-33: “Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades, or loose the cords of Orion? Can you lead forth a constellation in its season, and guide the Bear with her satellites? Do you know the ordinances of the heavens, or fix their rule over the earth?” (Yes, man got the idea for satellites from God’s original satellites in His heavens.)
  C. When we look up into the sky and see the Milky Way, we must realize that this huge group of stars is just one of the billions of galaxies that God created, yet not only does God count all the stars, but He has names for all of them as well. Our God is an awesome God.
  D. Most stars are at least 6,000 light years away. A light year is over 5½ trillion miles.
  E. Although the stars seem to move, it is really the earth that is moving that makes them appear that way. Long ago, people determined the months and the seasons by looking at the night skies because different constellations appear with each new season, one constellation per month. Farmers even planted particular crops by particular constellations. Even Solomon says in Ecclesiastes 3:1: “There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven.”
  F. There are 12 important constellations that God placed in the sky called Mazzaroth. In Job 38:32, God asks Job, “Can you lead forth Mazzaroth in its season?” Mazzaroth is a Hebrew word meaning the constellations of the Zodiac. God created, ordered, numbered, and named all the stars, which He calls the host of heaven, and placed them in the heavens as signs pointing the way to salvation. The root word for zodiac is zoad, which comes from the Hebrew sodi meaning “a Way.” God used the stars to point man once again to salvation, whereas Satan has once again distorted the truth and deceived and corrupted man into believing that they can know their future by reading the skies.
  G. Astrology is the pagan corruption of God’s original revelation and a false belief that the sun, the moon, and the stars order our lives. Astrologers claim to tell people’s future by reading their fortune in the stars. Horoscopes, which claim to tell people’s future and fortune, come from the Greek, which means, “to observe the hour or the time.” A diviner is someone who divides things. Interestingly, Hitler used five astrologers to help him, and look where he ended up.
  H. Read Deuteronomy 4:19: “And beware, lest you lift up your eyes to heaven and see the sun and the moon and the stars, all the host of heaven, and be drawn away and worship them and serve them, those which the Lord your God has allotted to all the peoples under the whole heaven.”
  I. Read Isaiah 65:11,12: “But you who forsake the Lord; who forget My holy mountain, who set a table for Fortune, and who fill cups with mixed wine for Destiny, I will destine you for the sword, and all of you shall bow down to the slaughter. Because I called, but you did not answer; I spoke, but you did not hear. And you did evil in My sight, and chose that in which I did not delight.”
  J. Read Isaiah 47:13-15: “You are wearied with your many counsels; let now the astrologers, those who prophesy by the stars, those who predict by the new moons, stand up and save you from what will come upon you. Behold, they have become like stubble, fire burns them; they cannot deliver themselves from the power of the flame; there will be no coal to warm by, nor a fire to sit before! … There is none to save you.”
  K. Read Jeremiah 8:7: “Even the stork in the sky knows her seasons; and the turtledove and the swift and the thrush observe the time of their migration; but My people do not know the ordinance of the Lord.”
  L. Read Daniel 2. Daniel 2:27,28: “Daniel answered before the king and said, ‘As for the mystery about which the king has inquired, neither wise men, conjurers, magicians, nor diviners are able to declare it to the king. However, there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will take place in the latter days…’” Daniel 2:20-23: “Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever, for wisdom and power belong to Him. And it is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men, and knowledge to men of understanding. It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him. To Thee, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise, for Thou hast given me wisdom and power; even now Thou hast made known to me what we requested of Thee, for Thou hast made known to us the king’s matter.”
  M. We should always think of God and His greatness when we look up into His heavens. There is no such thing as luck, nor is there any fortuneteller who can tell our fortunes. For “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105). Read Ezekiel 20:11: “And I gave them My statutes and informed them of My ordinances, by which, if a man observes them, he will live.”
 5. God Gave Them for Signs
  A. Read Matthew 2:2: “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east, and have come to worship Him.” Amazingly, this star stayed above the exact location of the baby Jesus for the wise men to find Him.
  B. Read Matthew 16:1-3: “And the Pharisees and Sadducees came up, and testing Him asked Him to show them a sign from heaven. But He answered and said to them, ‘When it is evening, you say, “It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.” And in the morning, “There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.” Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times?’”
  C. Read Acts 2:17-21: “‘And it shall be in the last days,’ God says, ‘that I will pour forth of My Spirit upon all mankind … And I will grant wonders in the sky above, and signs on the earth beneath, blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and glorious day of the Lord shall come.’”
  D. Read Romans 1:20: “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.”
  E. Read Revelation 8:12: “And … a third of the sun and a third of the moon and a third of the stars were smitten, so that a third of them might be darkened and the day might not shine for a third of it, and the night in the same way.”
 6. Astronomy is the scientific study of all the heavenly bodies.

MONDAY, July 28
Prayer
Praise: Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Memorize Thy Word: Psalm 139:13-18: “For Thou didst form my inward parts; Thou didst weave me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Thy works, and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from Thee, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth. Thine eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Thy book they were all written, the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them. How precious also are Thy thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.”
Memorize: Books of Poetry
Lesson: The Fifth Day of Creation

 1. Read Genesis 1:20-23: “Then God said, ‘Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of the heavens.’ And God created the great sea monsters, and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind; and God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the water in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.’ And there was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.”
  A. It is very important for us to realize and impart to our children that God’s very first blessing was the ability to be fruitful and multiply.
 2. “And God created the great sea monsters…” The whales are the largest of all animals. The Blue whale, for instance, weighs 200,000 pounds, which is as much as 33 elephants, and is 90-100 feet long, as tall as a ten-story building. God created such a magnificent animal.
 3. Genesis 1:28 “…the fish of the sea…” And God said in Leviticus 11:9: “These you may eat, whatever is in the water; all that have fins and scales, those in the water, in the seas or in the rivers, you may eat.” Fish are very nourishing and healthy foods.
 4. “And every winged bird…” Birds not only add beauty to the skies and melody to the wind, but also they help spread seeds, pollinate plants, and eat insects—many that if overpopulated would destroy our crops. God has brought order to our world.
  A. Let’s consider how God created even the birds to fulfill His purpose. Some birds eat seeds, some drink nectar, some eat insects, some eat fish, while others even help clean up dead animals by eating their rotting flesh. For each particular task God gave birds, He designed their beaks in such a way as to help them with their task.
  B. To the seed eaters, he gave short, hard, cone-shaped beaks to crush seeds. Study the finches, cardinals, and sparrows to see them at work crushing seeds.
  C. So hummingbirds can reach deep into flowers for their nectar, He gave them long, slender needlelike bills.
  D. Insect eaters have long slender beaks like the flycatchers or warblers so as to grab fleeting insects, while the swallows and whippoorwills have wide gaping mouths to grab the insects as they rapidly sweep through the air in flight.
  E. Eagles and hawks have keen eyesight and sharp claws to grab their fish straight out of the water and sharp, hooked beaks to hold their slippery prey while they tear its flesh.
  F. Herons and bitterns, on the other hand, have long dagger-like beaks so they can spear their fish. You can often see herons sitting on the edge of a pond or marsh area patiently waiting for a juicy fish to spear.
  G. The woodpecker is also an insect eater, but God designed him differently from all other insect eaters because his job is to eat insects beneath the surface of tree bark. Because he is truly a living jackhammer, God gave the woodpecker an extra thick skull, with shock absorber tissue between the skull and beak to withstand the jolts from pecking into the hard bark. His tongue is 3 to 5 times longer than all other birds so it can reach the insects that are deep within the holes it drills. To accommodate this long tongue, God wrapped it around the skull. Instead of the long spindly legs God gave most other birds, He gave the woodpecker powerful short legs with claws to hold them vertically on the trunk of trees. His stiff tail feathers also help brace him as he climbs trees. Furthermore, God gave him a keen sense of smell and acutely tuned ears so that he could detect those insects under the tree bark.
  H. Pelicans have large scoop-like bills to scoop fish out of the ocean. Many other waterfowl like ducks and flamingos have special strainers built into their bills to filter out the water and mud that they collect when they go after fish.
  I. Finally, think of the bald vultures that eat carrion. God made these birds the disposers of dead animals that could otherwise spread disease.
  J. Have you ever wondered how God designed birds so they can fly? To keep them both light and balanced, God made birds’ bones hollow with some of the bones connected to air sacs. Birds also digest their food quickly so they do not have a lot of extra weight to carry around. Their food also quickly turns into energy, which gives them more energy to fly.
  K. How do birds stay warm in the winter? Their feathers trap layers of air next to their bodies, which helps insulate them from the cold. Waterfowl actually have even another extra protective covering of small, fluffy feathers called “down” to help them keep warm in freezing water.
  L. Do you know why birds don’t fall off branches when they sleep? God designed their legs to lock in place so they won’t fall off their perch while they snooze. So if God takes care of each individual bird, how much more does He take care of us, His children?

TUESDAY, July 29
Prayer
Praise: Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Memorize Thy Word: Psalm 139:13-18: “For Thou didst form my inward parts; Thou didst weave me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Thy works, and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from Thee, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth. Thine eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Thy book they were all written, the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them. How precious also are Thy thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.”
Memorize: Books of Poetry
Lesson: The Sixth Day of Creation

 Read Genesis 1:24-31: “Then God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind’; and it was so. And God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good. Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’ And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. And God blessed them; and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’ Then God said, ‘Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food’; and it was so. And God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.”
 1. Man-The Crowning Glory of God’s Creation “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness” (Genesis 1:26). Here again we can confirm that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit were all present at the beginning of creation. We are formed in the image of the triune God, being three parts: body, soul, and spirit.
 2. We were created in the image of God who is wise, righteous and Holy. However, when Adam, desiring to be his own god, disobeyed His Father, God’s image was distorted through corruption.
 3. To be transformed once again into the image of our Father, we must “… lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth” (Ephesians 4:22-24). Read 2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”
 4. Read Philippians 3:20,21: “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.”
 5. Read Psalm 139: “O Lord, Thou hast searched me and known me. Thou dost know when I sit down and when I rise up; Thou dost understand my thought from afar. Thou dost scrutinize my path and my lying down, and art intimately acquainted with all my ways. Even before there is a word on my tongue, behold, O Lord, Thou dost know it all. Thou hast enclosed me behind and before, and laid Thy hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is too high, I cannot attain to it. Where can I go from Thy Spirit? Or where can I flee from Thy presence? If I ascend to heaven, Thou art there; if I make my bed in Sheol, behold, Thou art there. If I take the wings of the dawn, if I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there Thy hand will lead me, and Thy right hand will lay hold of me. If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will overwhelm me, and the light around me will be night,’ even the darkness is not dark to Thee, and the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to Thee. For Thou didst form my inward parts; Thou didst weave me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Thy works, and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from Thee, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth. Thine eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Thy book they were all written, the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them. How precious also are Thy thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand. When I awake, I am still with Thee. O that Thou wouldst slay the wicked, O God; depart from me, therefore, men of bloodshed. For they speak against Thee wickedly, and Thine enemies take Thy name in vain. Do I not hate those who hate Thee, O Lord? And do I not loathe those who rise up against Thee? I hate them with the utmost hatred; they have become my enemies. Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.”

WEDNESDAY, July 30
Prayer
Praise: Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Memorize Thy Word: Psalm 139:13-18: “For Thou didst form my inward parts; Thou didst weave me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Thy works, and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from Thee, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth. Thine eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Thy book they were all written, the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them. How precious also are Thy thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.”
Memorize: Books of Poetry
Lesson: God’s Majesty Is Displayed Through Creation

 1. After studying creation, don’t you stand in awe of our great and powerful God? Like David, we are so awestruck by God’s magnificence and so humbled that He cares so much for us. To think that we are made in His image and that we were specifically made to have a personal, intimate relationship with Him. Our loving God created the perfect home for us, the crowning glory of His creation, and then entrusted all of creation in our hands to rule over it.
 2. Read Psalm 8:1-9: “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Thy name in all the earth, who hast displayed Thy splendor above the heavens! …. When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained; what is man, that Thou dost take thought of him? And the son of man, that Thou dost care for him? Yet Thou hast made him a little lower than God, and dost crown him with glory and majesty! Thou dost make him to rule over the works of Thy hands; Thou hast put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes through the paths of the seas. O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Thy name in all the earth!”
 3. Take notice that when God talks with man, He is establishing fellowship with him, but also His first words establish His wisdom and His authority over man by commanding him to “be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and rule over (all of creation).” Yet God starts out by showing that obedience is a blessing because He prefaces his command with, “And God blessed them.” Again, we must continue to reiterate to our children these commands God gave us, and impart to them and to their children, that children were God’s first blessing to man.
 4. Read Psalm 115:16: “The heavens are the heavens of the Lord; but the earth He has given to the sons of men.”
  A. For what? To take care of, to take dominion, and to rule over all creation.
 5. Read Ephesians 2:10: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
 6. Read Ephesians 4:22-24: “… lay aside the old self which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness for the truth.”
 7. Read 1 Peter 1:14-16: “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’”
 8. “And God saw that it was good.” Good means “complete or sufficiently perfect in its kind; having the physical qualities best adapted to its design and use; perfect; uncorrupted.” God had created everything perfectly and uncorrupted, best adapted to its design, and it was complete.
 9. Read Ecclesiastes 3:14: “I know that everything God does will remain forever; there is nothing to add to it and there is nothing to take from it, for God has so worked that men should fear Him.”
 10. Read Exodus 20:8,11: “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy…. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day…”
  A. Make particular note that the Hebrew word for day here is yom, which is a literal day. Day means “twenty-four hours; the space of time between the rising and setting of the sun. The whole time or period of one revolution of the earth on its axis, or twenty-four hours.”
  B. There are those who using their own reasoning think that God must have created the earth over a long period of time, but if they just use that same reasoning, long ages are impossible when they truly consider that the earth came before the sun, plants came before the sun, and man came before woman.
  C. Read Psalm 33:6: “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of His mouth all their host.”
  D. Clearly, God could have created everything instantly, but instead set an example for us to follow.
  E. Read Exodus 20:9-11: “Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work … For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.”
  F. In studying the genealogy lists in Genesis, we can compute the years of the earth to be about 6,000 years old.

THURSDAY, July 31
Prayer
Praise: Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Memorize Thy Word: Psalm 139:13-18: “For Thou didst form my inward parts; Thou didst weave me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Thy works, and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from Thee, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth. Thine eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Thy book they were all written, the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them. How precious also are Thy thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.”
Memorize: Books of Poetry
Lesson: Our Creator is Worthy of Our Praise

 God is King over the entire universe—He is sovereign over everything—By His Word everything is determined—He speaks, and it is done.
 1. Truly God is Omnipotent: “Almighty, possessing unlimited power; all powerful”; Omnipresence: “present in every place at the same time; unbounded; universal presence”; Omniscient: “having universal knowledge; knowledge of all things.” God is infinite: “having no beginning or end.” God is eternal. God is sovereign: “a supreme lord or ruler, one who possesses the highest authority without control.”
 2. Read Revelation 4:11: “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for Thou has created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created.”
 3. Read Psalm 148: “Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise Him in the heights! Praise Him, all His angels; praise Him, all His hosts! Praise Him, sun and moon; praise Him, all stars of light! Praise Him, highest heavens, and the waters that are above the heavens! Let them praise the name of the Lord, for He commanded and they were created. He has also established them forever and ever; He has made a decree which will not pass away. Praise the Lord from the earth, sea monsters and all deeps; fire and hail, snow and clouds; stormy wind, fulfilling His word; mountains and all hills; fruit trees and all cedars; beasts and all cattle; creeping things and winged fowl; kings of the earth and all peoples; princes and all judges of the earth; both young men and virgins; old men and children. Let them praise the name of the Lord, for His name alone is exalted; His glory is above earth and heaven. And He has lifted up a horn for His people…”
 4. Read Psalm 102:25-28: “Of old Thou didst found the earth; and the heavens are the work of Thy hands. Even they will perish, but Thou dost endure; and all of them will wear out like a garment; like clothing Thou wilt change them, and they will be changed. But Thou art the same, and Thy years will not come to an end. The children of Thy servants will continue, and their descendants will be established before Thee.”
 5. Read 1 Chronicles 16:30-36: “…Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved. Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; and let them say among the nations, ‘The Lord reigns.’ Let the sea roar, and all it contains; let the field exult, and all that is in it. Then the trees of the forest will sing for joy before the Lord; for He is coming to judge the earth. O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His lovingkindness is everlasting. They say, ‘Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us and deliver us from the nations, to give thanks to Thy holy name, and glory in Thy praise.’ Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting even to everlasting.”
 6. Read Isaiah 55:12,13: “For you will go out with joy, and be led forth with peace; the mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of the thorn bush the cypress will come up; and instead of the nettle the myrtle will come up; and it will be a memorial to the Lord, for an everlasting sign which will not be cut off.”