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1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth didn't have any shape. And it was empty.
Darkness was over the surface of the ocean. At that time, the ocean covered the earth. The Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
3 God said, 'Let there be light.'
And there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good.
He separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light 'day.' He called the darkness 'night.' There was evening, and there was morning. It was day one.
6 God said, 'Let there be a huge space between the waters.
Let it separate water from water.' 7 And that's exactly what happened. God made the huge space between the waters. He separated the water that was under the space from the water that was above it. 8 God called the huge space 'sky.' There was evening, and there was morning. It was day two.
9 God said, 'Let the water under the sky be gathered into one place. Let dry ground Genesis Introduction:
Genesis is the first book of the Bible. The word Genesis means
'beginnings.' This book tells how the world began. Moses wrote the book of Genesis. He wrote about Adam and Eve's sin. He wrote about God's love. This book tells of God's special people. Some of these people are Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph.
The first five books of the Bible are called the books of the law.
These books were God's instructions to the people of Israel. Genesis is one of these books because it tells how Israel became God's people.
Outline of contents:
All things begin (1:12:25)
People sin (3:15:32)
Noah and the flood (6:19:29)
The tall tower (10:111:32)
The life of Abraham (12:125:18)
Isaac and his family (25:1926:35)
Jacob and his sons (27:137:1)
The life of Joseph (37:250:26)
GENESIS 1:10 2
appear.' And that's exactly what happened. 10 God called the dry ground
'land.' He called the waters that were gathered together
'oceans.' And God saw that it was good.
11 Then God said, 'Let the land produce plants. Let them bear their own seeds.
And let there be trees on the land that bear fruit with seeds in it. Let each kind of plant or tree have its own kind of seeds.' And that's exactly what happened.
12 The land produced plants. Each kind of plant had its own kind of seeds.
The land produced trees that bore fruit with seeds in it.
Each kind of tree had its own kind of seeds.
God saw that it was good.
13 And there was evening,
and there was morning. It was day three.
14 God said, 'Let there be lights in the huge space of the sky.
Let them separate the day from the night. Let them serve as signs to mark off the seasons and the days and the years. 15 Let them serve as lights in the huge space of the sky to give light on the earth.' And that's exactly what happened.
16 God made two great lights. He made the larger light to rule over the day. He made the smaller light to rule over the night. He also made the stars.
17 God put the lights in the huge space of the sky to give light on the earth. 18 He put them there to rule over the day and the night. He put them there to separate light from darkness.
God saw that it was good.
19 And there was evening,
and there was morning. It was day four.
20 God said, 'Let the waters be filled with living things. Let birds fly above the earth across the huge space of the sky.' 21 So God created the great creatures of the ocean.
He created every living and moving thing that fills the waters. He created all kinds of them. He created every kind of bird that flies. And God saw that it was good.
22 God blessed them. He said, 'Have little ones and increase your numbers. Fill the water in the oceans. Let there be more and more birds on the earth.'
23 There was evening, and there was morning. It was day five.
24 God said, 'Let the land produce all kinds of living creatures.
Let there be livestock,
and creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals. Let there be all kinds of them.' And that's exactly what happened.
25 God made all kinds of wild animals. He made all kinds of livestock. He made all kinds of creatures that move along the ground. And God saw that it was good.
26 Then God said, 'Let us make man in our likeness.
1659 LUKE 2:15
75 He wants us to be holy and godly as long as we live.
76'And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High God.
You will go ahead of the Lord to prepare the way for him.
77 You will tell his people how they can be saved.
You will tell them that their sins can be forgiven.
78 All of that will happen because our God is tender and caring.
His kindness will bring the rising sun to us from heaven.
79 It will shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death.
It will guide our feet on the path of peace.'
80 The child grew up, and his spirit became strong. He lived in the desert until he appeared openly to Israel.
Jesus Is Born
2 In those days, Caesar Augustus made a law. It required that a list be made of everyone in the whole Roman world. 2 It was the first time a list was made of the people while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 All went to their own towns to be listed.
4 So Joseph went also. He went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea. That is where Bethlehem, the town of David,
was. Joseph went there because he belonged to the family line of David. 5 He went there with Mary to be listed. Mary was engaged to him. She was expecting a baby.