The First Day – Matter

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was unformed and void, darkness was on the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God hovered over the surface of the water. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. So there was evening, and there was morning, one day” (Genesis 1:1-5).

On the first day of creation, God created the heavens and the earth. On this day of creation God created light. This is the basis of Physics: the study of matter, its motion and behavior through space and time, and the related entities of energy and force.

Vocabulary

  1. What does unformed mean?
  2. What is a void?
  3. What does it mean to hover?
  4. The Revised Standard Version of the Bible uses the wind of God instead of Spirit of God. Do a little research to find why wind is a very good translation for the word Spirit.

Science Study

  1. There are three concepts of time: past, present, and future. If something is unchanging, it is timeless or eternal. We do not know the timeless era before God said, “Let there be light.” We know what has happened in the past because we have the Bible and history. We know what happens in the present as we live each day. As for the future, no one knows what tomorrow will bring. God is considered to be eternal and outside of time as we know it.
  2. How is time measured for a ‘day’ of creation? (Note: The Hebrew word for ‘day’ is yom and means 24 hours.)
  3. Light: Go outside and look at your child’s shadow on the ground.
  4. Make a silhouette of your child’s face. Put some paper on a wall and have your child stand sideways in front of the paper. Shine a flash light on them. Make an outline of their profile. Cut out the profile. Trace it on black construction paper.
  5. Make shadow puppets.
  6. Physics: Learn about the colors of a prism. Place a glass in some sunshine. Maneuver it until you can see the prism of colors on a wall. What colors do you see?
  7. Quantum Theory: How do photons affect light?
  8. What is the speed of light?
  9. Learn about photography with a film camera. How does light play a role with the film?

Bible Study

  1. What is faith according to Hebrews 11:1?
  2. What did God call the period of light? What did He call the period of darkness?
  3. Each creation day was made evening to morning, why?
  4. Read the account of Noah in Genesis chapters 6-9. Draw a picture of God’s promise for His covenant with Noah in Genesis 9:6
  5. Read John 1:1-5. Discuss the connection between light and darkness in this verse. Who is the light? What is the light?
  6. For a more in-depth study of the first day of creation, with Hebrew words and idioms, http://tentstakeministries.net/2013/10/parashah-1-bresheet-in-the-beginning/

The Second Day

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