Analyzing sentences has its benefits. True, diagramming sentences may be out of vogue, however, many mysteries are uncovered whenever we closely study words. Take for example, the opening phrase above in Genesis, the first book of the Bible: “In the beginning God….”. Pretty straight forward, and clear cut. What’s not to understand? God was, then, at, and “in the beginning…”
Among questions that might follow is: What was God doing?Genesis 1:1 tells us that He “created the heavens and the earth”. Then, it continues on with the details.
Over all, the course of Creation took seven days, after which time God rested. As you read the account of Creation, from Genesis 1 to Genesis 2:3, and glean answers to the questions of “Who, What, When, Where, and Why?”, the following summary emerges:
On Day 1 – God created Day and Night
On Day 2 – God created the Sky (Firmament/Heaven)
On Day 3 – God created Land and Seas, with the Land bringing forth grass, herbs, yielding seeds, and trees, yielding fruit.
On Day 4 – God created the Sun, Moon, and Stars
On Day 5 – God created the Fish of the sea and Birds of the air
On Day 6 – God created Animals and Living Creatures, followed by creating Man in His image, (Male and Female), giving them dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air and all living creatures. (Genesis 1:26)
On Day 7 – God rested.
And the good news is that God said all this was good.
I don’t doubt that you’ve heard the phrase that “words matter”, perhaps more times than you can count. But as you stop and think about it, they matter tremendously, wherever or whenever they are used. And particularly, when reading God’s “Word”.
So, consider this little tour the beginning of a journey into Scripture, as you open God’s “Word” to us! It will be well worth the time of every teachable student.
If you would like to revisit the account of Creation again on a simple self-guided tour, worksheets to use, along the way, can be found on one of the following links: here: Level 1 , here: Level 2 , and here: Level 3.
For example, (Don’t laugh now, please…), here’s a question from an old tune for you: “How ya gonna keep ’em down on the farm after they’ve seen Pari’?”
You may be way too young to remember that tune of my childhood, but I’m sure you’re insightful enough, to figure out its meaning. Although many of us did not grow up on a farm in the quiet countryside, no one needs to tell us how busy, noisy, and distracting the world has become in our day. Plus with today’s technology, I daresay those living in the country can attest to the same.
Add to that, the longing and desire in your heart as a parent, to create a quiet environment, (pastoral, if you will) in which to teach your child(ren) the precious truths of God’s Holy Word. We all know that such learning is best done in a quiet, focused setting, particularly if we desire to enter into our Lord’s precious presence as we do so. (Psalm 23:2-3)
Therein lies the challenge, as I see it. Please correct me if you think I’m wrong, but the sweetest times of learning about God often occur when we experience that time while hearing His “still small voice”. (1 Kings 19:12)
The free Bible study lessons that I offer were designed specifically for the purpose of helping your child focus in on God’s Word. The lessons are quite plain and simple: no bells, whistles, commentary, or flashy design, but rather a presentation of God’s Word in its purest sense, directing the student to go to the Holy Scriptures, only, to complete the lessons.
If you haven’t taken a look at this work in progress, please do so. If you think it adds value to your experience do let me know. Thanks, and God bless. Numbers 6:24-26.