In the Beginning:

An Angel Falls; A World Begins:

2. A World Begins

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Have you ever wondered how everything began? I suppose every boy and girl has thought about that. Flowers come from seeds, but where did the seeds come from? Well, from other flowers. And those flowers came from more seeds. And on and on, back to—what?

You may have seen puppies and kittens, bunnies or little chicks but where did they all come from? And what about the little fish and the frogs in the ponds? Well, of course, they came from their parents. But where did their parents come from?

In the Bible we can find the true story of how everything got started on earth. We can always trust that Book. So let’s go on a journey—all the way back to the beginning of our world!

The first book in the Bible is called “Genesis.” That word means “Book of Beginnings.”

When we listen to any story, we like to have it begin at the beginning. That is where God begins in telling us the story of the world. The very first words are: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

At first there was only a deep darkness. We have never seen a night so black as that darkness. Then God spoke: “Let there be light: and there was light.” Whenever God speaks, His word has power to do what He says! Only God can do that.

Without light everything that grows on the earth would die; there would be no grass, no trees or flowers. Not one living, growing thing. Did you ever see a plant kept in a dark place for a while? How pale and sick it looks! But if we take it into the light in a few days it grows stronger, its leaves turn green, and its stalk firm. Without light it would have died.

After God made the light, He said it was good and He divided the light from the darkness; and He called the light 'Day', and the darkness He called 'Night'. This gives us a time for quiet rest, and a time for work, study and play.

Then the Bible says, “The evening and the morning were the First Day.” This was the First Day of Creation Week.

On the Second Day, God made a covering for the earth, which goes all around it and is many miles deep. This covering we call air. This air is also called the firmament, or sky.

We can not see the air, but we have all seen what it can do. When it is in motion we call it wind. It moves the leaves of the trees, ripples the surface of water, and fills the sails of sailboats on the rivers and oceans. Sometimes wind blows so hard that it blows down giant trees, takes roofs from houses, and tosses the waters of the sea about in angry waves.

Air is very light, but it is heavier than the mist that rises from the lakes, rivers and oceans when the sun shines upon them. This mist is what makes the beautiful, fluffy clouds that float high in the sky. Sometimes they look white; sometimes storm clouds look deep grey to us with lightning flashing in their dark folds. At dawn and sunset the clouds can look rose-colored, purple, red, or like shining gold.

Nothing can live long without light, and nothing can live long without air. If the covering of air were taken away, soon nothing would be left alive on the earth. The water-mist in the air also helps to keep the earth warm. God saw the air that it was good and this was the Second Day of Creation.

On the Third Day of Creation, God said for the waters to gather together and let the dry land appear—and it was so. Then God called the dry land Earth; and the waters that were gathered together He called Seas.

Think about how the earth looked at first with nothing growing on it at all. But God did not leave the earth all bare. He said for grass, plants and trees to appear. A soft, thick carpet of grass, dotted with bright colored, sweet-smelling flowers spread over the bare earth. He covered the hills with forests.

The trees and plants that give us lovely fruit to eat were all made on the third day. They all had seeds in or on them to grow more plants. God said they were good, and the evening and the morning were the Third Day.

So we see that for day One, Two and Three, God created spaces then on days Four Five and Six, He filled the spaces. Let's read how He did that.

On the fourth day the sun appeared to light the day, and the moon and stars, to light the night. “And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: He made the stars also.” These not only divide the day from the night, but they are “for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years.” The seasons—spring, summer, autumn, and winter—happen as the earth circles around the sun.

The Fifth Day came and the world was lovely to look at, but there was nothing moving on it except the trees and grass rustling in the breeze and every thing was quiet. God spoke again and said for living things to be in the water and in the air.

Now birds, insects and fishes—everything that flies in the air, or that swims in the sea appeared. Birds flitted happily about in the branches, filling the air with lovely songs. Insects flew from flower to flower; and the waters were filled with fishes and even great whales.

God saw all this and said it was good and He told them to have lots of babies. And the evening and the morning were the Fifth Day.

On the Sixth Day God said for all kinds of four footed beasts to appear. Cattle and sheep, cats and dogs, lions and bears, squirrels and deer—so many kinds of animals! God saw it was all good.

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