25 lesson plans for children, young people and their teachers.
Lesson 2 God Creates – Adam and Eve
Bible reference – Genesis 1:26 – 2:4.
God’s plan was to make a world ready for human beings to rule over, like a chief rules over his tribe or village. But before we see God creating mankind, there is one more important truth about God for us to try and understand by faith. Genesis 1:26 is the first Bible reference to ‘three Persons in one God’. God clearly says: “Now we will make human beings; they will be like us and resemble us”. No-one else was there for God to talk with. So there must be more than one Person in the one Creator God. God is our maker. We do know many things about Him. Yet there will always be some mystery about Him, some things that we do not fully understand. This is one of the mysteries about God. It is very hard to explain. The word ‘Trinity’ is not written anywhere in the Bible, but the idea of Trinity runs right through the Bible, starting from here. The Bible shows us that one God shows Himself to always be three Persons. We all use water. We wash in water. We like to drink cold water, so we put ice into the cup. Ice is frozen water. In making tea, we boil water on the charcoal fire. We know the water is boiling when steam comes from the pot. Steam is water made into gas by boiling. Water can be water, or ice or steam. Three states of water. God is Father, God is Son and God is Holy Spirit. Three Persons – one God. The difference between this example and God, is that God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit all at the same time. Water can only be water, or ice, or steam, at any one moment of time. Water can change from being in one state into being in another as time passes. God is always the same. God does not change. Stop and discuss (1) Hebrews 11:3 says: “It is by faith we understand that the universe was created by God’s word, so that what can be seen was made out of what cannot be seen”. What does it mean: “by faith we understand?" Does it mean 1, or 2, or 3 below: 1. Does it mean we can understand every detail of creation? 2. Does it mean we can trust God for everything we cannot understand? 3. Does it mean we can only believe what we can understand? Now let’s get back to what this great God created! Human beings were planned by God to be different from the rest of creation. They were to be in charge of all other created things, verse 28. For example, God wanted them to look after the animals using the plants He had made. He had made sure the different plants were there for their food. God wants human beings to work with creation. God made people and He made everything in the world to work together and so supply each other’s needs.
God made humans like Himself, verses 26, 27. A child may walk like his father, and may speak like his mother, and may look like his parents. In the same way human beings are in some ways like God. More facts about day six of creation are seen in Genesis 2:7,8 and Genesis 2:21-25.
Stop and discuss (2) From Genesis 1:26,27and Genesis 2:7,8 can you find these words: 1. God made human beings m and f . 2. All people were made to be like G . 3. God used s to make man. 4. God’s own b made mankind live. 5. God made Eve from the r of Adam. God was “very pleased”with all He had made, verse 31. The man and woman would have many children and live happily in the finished world God made for them to enjoy, Genesis 2:1. The Hebrew word ‘adam’ means “man, both male and female’. It means ‘humankind’. The first man and woman are named Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:20. Day 7 God stopped creating new things, Genesis 2:2,3. God had made creation so that plants, animals, fish, birds and human beings were able to reproduce young like themselves. So God’s world has kept on going from then right up until today.
Stop and discuss (3) Here in class can you see any facts that prove God’s creation is still at work? Can you think of any facts you have seen in the past day or two that prove God’s creation is still at work? God made day seven holy, in a special way, Genesis 2:3. It was different to the six other days of creation. We can imagine God used that day to think deeply about His work. This gave Him pleasure, Genesis 1:31. Today, we can use one day in every seven to think about God and this great world He has made for us to live in and enjoy.
Stop and discuss (4) The fourth commandment in Exodus 20:8-11 tells us this one different day in seven is one of God’s creation principles. Why do you think this is? (We will look at these commands later in our course). As people we make things for a purpose. Wood can be made into spears, a table or a fire. Leaves may make a shelter from the sun, a mat to eat from, or even tea to drink. God has made humanity – He has made us – for two purposes. The first is to be in charge of His world. The second is to get to know, love and trust Him as God over all. Are you doing what God has made you to do?
Answers to ‘Stop and discuss’.
1. Meaning number 2 is best. “We can trust God for everything we cannot understand".
2. The Bible words are:
1. male and female
3. The fact we are living shows God’s creation of men and women is still reproducing itself. All of the animals, fish, birds and plants we see show us God’s creation is still working.The sun still shines during the day, the moon and stars are seen at night.
Thank God for His creation.
4. It is a day “dedicated to God”, Exodus 20:10. It is a day for resting and relaxing from usual daily work. Your time can be used to think about God, and to think about His will and purpose for your life. That is most important for you to find.
Praise God for who He is.