Tonight we are beginning a new family activity: Bible study, from 7:00 pm to 7:20 pm, on Saturdays. We are going to begin with Genesis, section by section, focusing more on God’s goodness and provision, and less on the unhappy issues of man’s sin. I will have the passages printed out with space for the kids (age 10, 5, 5, and 2) to color, and over time make their own Bible booklets. We will read the section out loud, talk about key words and events, and each say something that we find interesting and meaningful. We will discuss current family events and what we want to do in the next week or month. We will each say something we are thankful for, and anything we are concerned about. We will keep brief notes on all these things in a journal, and pray about everything. I’m planning for it to be short and sweet, or longer if everyone is interested. Tonight we are beginning with Genesis 1:1-13.
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.
6 Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” 7 Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. 8 And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.
9 Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. 10 And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
11 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 So the evening and the morning were the third day.