Lesson for September 19: The Creation Story (Genesis 1; 2:1-3)
Genesis is a poetic expression of belief that God created the world for good, for joy, and for relationships. The message is not intended to provide a scientific explanation of how creation happened or how everything works. Rather, the message speaks powerfully of the who and why of creation – celebrating God’s good action on behalf of this world, our home.
Genesis also praises God’s creation. Creation is the awesome home for all of God’s handiwork. It is also full of thanksgiving. Not only has God created all of this intricate beauty, but God created us, too, as remarkable, wonderful creatures.
God has given us a remarkable job – to be stewards, or caretakers, in preserving and taking care of creation. The command, “Love your neighbor” is about taking such good care that all of God’s creatures flourish.
This story reminds us with whom and through whom we begin. The joy that creation inspires in us comes from knowing that its beauty has a source far beyond us! Its size, its complexities, and its interconnections leave us awestruck. The power of God’s creating word challenges both our hearts and our minds to recognize the wonder of human beings, as well.