God created mankind so He could show His love and have a relationship with him. Before creating man, in Genesis 1:3-25, the Bible describes how God prepared the earth for man to live. God revealed to us that He created the earth in six literal 24-hour days.
On day 1 (vs 3-5), God created light. In verse 4, God said that it was “good”.
On day 2 (vs 6-8), God created the atmosphere where the birds fly. It divided the waters. There was water above the atmosphere and water below the atmosphere.
On day 3 (vs 9-13), God caused dry land to appear from the waters. In verse 10, God said that it was “good”. God also made the grass and trees. In verse 12, God said that it was also “good”.
On day 4 (vs 14-19), God made the stars, the sun, and the moon. In verse 18, God said that it was “good”.
On day 5 (vs 20-23), God made the fish that swim in the water and birds that fly in the air. In verse 21, God said that it was “good”.
On the last day, day 6 (vs 24-31), God made the land animals and in verse 25, God said that it was “good”.
When God looked at what He made up to this point, He said that it was “good”.
God was preparing the world for man to live on and everything was good in his sight. There was no evil or suffering in the things God created.
Then in verses 26-30, still on day 6, God finished His creation by making man. The first man’s name was Adam.
Genesis 1:31 – “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good…”
What did God say in verse 31 after creating man? God saw everything He made and said it was “very good”.
It is important to see the difference. When God created nature, the light, the land, the grass, the trees, the sun, the moon, the stars, the fish, the birds, and the land animals, He said it was “good”.
But after creating man, God said it was “very good”. This shows that God values mankind more than nature and the animals He created. Man is much more important to Him.
According to verse 31, did God create man good or evil? Good. God created everything and everyone to fit together in perfect harmony. There was no sin, evil or suffering in the world God created.
God said after creating man, that it was very good. What does very good mean? It means to be of high quality, complete, and perfect.
This means that God designed you to be a great, amazing and awesome person.
But most likely you do not feel that way about yourself or about mankind. As we look at society around us, we see evil, sin, and suffering in this world.
If we are honest, we also know that there is something wrong inside our own heart too. Sin is there. Something happened to this perfect world God created. What happened? Read on to find out.
Questions Key Truth #3
1. In Genesis 1:31, what did God say after He created man?
2. Before creating man, God said that everything He created was good. After creating man, He said it was very good. What does this teach us about man in comparison to nature?
3. According to Genesis 1:31, did God create man good or evil?
4. What does the word “very good” mean?
In chapter 2, verses 1-14, God gives more detail when He made man. Then in verse 15, God prepared a garden, called Eden, for man to live and work. For this lesson, let us focus on the first phrase of verse 16.
Genesis 2:16 – “And the LORD God commanded the man…”
What is the action word in this phrase? It is the word “commanded”. What does “commanded” mean? It means an order.
Who commanded the man? God commanded. God did not give Adam, the first man, a suggestion. This was a command from God.
God is our Creator. All life comes from God. He has the right to command us what to do.
Did God force Adam to obey Him? No.
Although God commanded Adam, He also allowed him to have a choice. Adam could either choose to obey God or he could choose to disobey God.
It is the same with us today. God does not force you to obey but gives you a choice to obey or disobey Him.
Questions Key Truth #4
5. In Genesis 2:16, what is the first action word?
6. What does the word “commanded” mean?
7. Who commanded the man?
8. Sin God, the source and giver of life, created us, does He have the right to command us what to do? Yes or No
9. Did God force Adam to obey Him? Yes or No
10. Although God commanded Adam, He also allowed him to have a ___________.
11. Does God force you to obey Him? Yes or No
12. God gives you a _________ to obey or disobey Him.
After God placed Adam in the Garden of Eden, He told him,
Genesis 2:16 – “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:”
In verse 16, God tells Adam that he may “freely eat” of every tree in the garden. God provided everything for man to live. He tells Adam that he could eat whenever he wanted and how much he wanted.
Genesis 2:17 – “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”
However, what is the first word in verse 17? It is the word “But”. God told Adam that he could eat from every tree, but one tree. What was the name of that tree? It was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
What does the word knowledge mean? In this case, it means more than just to know something; it means to know something by experience.
Shortly after commanding Adam, God created the first woman, Eve. Up to this point, Adam and Eve only experienced good. They had not experienced evil, because there was no evil in the world God created.
What did God say in verse 17 would happen if they ate the fruit from that tree? He said they would “surely die”. Is this something that might happen or will happen? The word “surely” means that it will absolutely happen.
Death is something new that would be introduced into God’s creation if they were to disobey God. Death was not a part of God’s creation.
This death that God is speaking about is something much worse than physical death. The word “death” itself means separation. There are three aspects to this death or separation. If they were to disobey God,
1. They would be separated from God in their relationship to Him.
2. This separation from God would lead to physical death. Adam and Eve’s life came from God. So, being separated from the source of life would lead to physical death in the future.
3. If a man dies being separated from God; he will be separated from God for all eternity in Hell.
God did not create death. Death, like sin, came into our world as a result of man’s sin and disobedience to God.
The good news is that although man is born into this world separated from God, God provided a way for man to come into a right relationship with Him.
Some people wonder why God placed a tree in the garden and then forbid Adam to eat from it? God wanted Adam and Eve to obey, but God gave them the freedom to choose to obey or disobey.
It is the same for us today, we can choose to obey God and experience the good or we can choose to disobey and bring suffering into our life. It is our choice.
Questions Key Truth #5
13. In Genesis 2:17, what was the name of the tree?
14. What did God say would happen immediately if he ate the fruit?
15. According to this verse, is death something that might happen or will happen for sure?
16. What does death mean?
17. What are the three aspects of this death?
18. Like Adam and Eve, God does not force us to obey but gives us a _________ to obey or disobey Him.
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