Genesis 1: 14-31

The purpose of the creation story is to show how God gives purpose to the world.  Mankind is given dignity and authority as God’s representative.  We are the captains of creation, its stewards, its managers.  We have responsibility in this.  However, other ways of thinking have little reason to give dignity to the human race.  Are we really just one species among many?  Are we a helpless effect in an endless chain of causality.  I believe in free will and genuine choice, so I believe that the cosmos was ordered by a preexisting intelligence.  What do you believe?

  1. What opening phrase is repeated in verses 14, 20, and 24?
  2. What action takes place on these days?
  3. Is it necessary that anything is manufactured on these days rather than ordered?
  4. What is man’s place in creation?
  5. How do you live as a responsible ruler in creation?

Going Deeper

Observation

  • Where were the lights?
  • What service do the lights provide?
  • How does God bless sea animals and birds?
  • What particular things is man created to rule over?
  • What does God give to man?

Interpretation

  • How is God different from the gods of other religions who are tied to creation in some way?
  • How is reproduction a blessing and not a command?
  • How would you explain the phrase ‘according to its kind’?
  • Why is the emphasis on what God says and not on what he does?
  • Why does God say let ‘us’ make man in our image?  Is this a reference to the Trinity, a heavenly court of angels, or something else?

Application

  • Do you agree with the ‘quiverfull’ movement who believe that families should have as many children as possible because we are to be fruitful and multiply? http://www.quiverfull.com/
  • What are the creation stories of other religions that you know?  How are the roles of God and mankind similar and distinct from the Genesis story?
  • How does a popular view of a godless universe lead to problems with freewill and genuine choice?
  • What is mankinds responsibility with the environment?
  • Should a Christian support organisations like Greenpeace? http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/

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About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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