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The first account of creation

THE FIRST CREATION STORY
In the beginning, before the heavens and the earth was created by God, the earth was without form, it was void, and full of darkness. Water was all over the surface and the spirit of God was moving on the surface of the water.

On the first day, God commanded that there should be "light” and there was light. God separated the light from the darkness. he called the light “day” and the darkness he called “night”.

On the second day, God created the firmament, also called the heavens. He separated the waters above from the waters below. The water above, he called firmament.

On the third day, God created dry land and vegetation. God commanded the water below to gather at one place and dry land emerged. The dry land he called “earth” and the gathering of the water he called “the ocean” or the Sea. After that God commanded the earth to bring forth grasses and trees that bore fruits.

On the fourth day, God created the luminaries. He created the Sun, the Moon and the Stars. The Sun is to rule over the day and the Moon to rule over the night. He said the luminaries should determine the signs, seasons, years and the days.

On the fifth day, God created the Sea creatures and the birds of the air. Every kind of creature that resides in the Sea, God created. Then every creature that flew in the air was also created.

On the sixth day, God created four-legged animals and all creeping creatures. On the same day, God created man in His own image. He created both the male and the female on the same day. God blessed the man and woman and asked them to multiply and fill the earth.

God gave man, as food, the fruit bearing trees. He saw that all the things he had created were good.
On the seventh day, God rested. He had finished the work of creation. He blessed the day and hallowed it.

HOW IS THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD REVEALED IN THE ACCOUNT?
1. God, being sovereign over all of his creation, all human beings must submit to him.

2. The sovereignty of God is also revealed in how his presence revealed that man has limitations to what he can do.

3. The account also revealed that every situation in a man's life can be fixed by God.

4. One can also see the sovereignty of God in the fact that he decided to create the world, nobody told him to.

5. Also God's presence shows that God has a purpose for all his animals.

6. Finally, the account shows that it is God that sustains life so he is the actual source of life.

7. God is God of order, he does not create confusion.

8. It is only God who can determine the nature of things. The creatures themselves cannot determine their own nature.
   
HOW THE NATURE OF GOD IS REVEALED
1. God has sovereignty over all of his creations.
2. Another nature of God is that when he speaks, things happen.
3. Also, by nature, he was not created by anybody. He was simply there before everything else started.
4. His nature is that of order. He created he world in an orderly fashion.
5. It also shows that no creation of God can determine its nature, it is God that determines their nature.

WHY MAN IS SEEN AS THE CROWN OF GOD'S CREATION
1. One of the reasons why man is seen as the crown of god's creation is because man was created in the image of God.

2. Another reason was that man was given the ability to create things things, knowing that God has the ability to create.

3. Also man is considered the crown of God's creation because he was given dominion over all other creations of God.

4. Again, man was given the power to subdue the earth that is why he is seen as the crown of God's creation.
 
    SAMPLE QUESTIONS
1    1. a. Narrate the account of creation as found in Genesis chapter one.
          b. In what three ways was the sovereignty of God revealed?

.         2  a. Describe how God created the world in seven days.
         b. Highlight three practices that destroy God's creation today.

3   3.  a. Give a detailed description of the Priestly account of creation.
          b. Advance three reasons why man is regarded as the crown of God's creation.

4   4.  a. Give a chronological account of the creation of the world.
5        b. Explain in four ways how the account demonstrate the nature of God
     
     5. How did God create the following
a.       Light
b.      Woman
(Candidates need to read, in addition, the second account very well before answering this question).

ALSO READ
The second account of creation here


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