1 The first people

Start the challenge by finding and reading a Bible verse from Genesis 1:31a.

Do you have jobs to do around the home or at school? Do you have a pet that you look after? Or do you have plants in pots or in a garden that you water?

Do you know what sort of job you want to have when you are older?

Did you know that the first job ever was to be a gardener and look after the world?

 

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The story so far…

In the beginning, before time began, God was there. The Bible starts with the story of how God made the universe: sky and sea; plants and trees; sun, moon and stars; fish, birds and animals. Last of all he made the first human beings– to be like himself. He made a beautiful garden to be their home. Everything was perfect.

Now read Genesis 2:15–22 together.

What happened next…

There was just one rule. Adam and Eve, the first man and first woman, could eat fruit from all the trees in the garden, except one: the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Would Adam and Eve choose to do as God had asked?

 

Explore the Bible

Answer the questions from Big Bible Challenge page 12 together.

 

Did you know…?

Genesis means ”beginning”. The book of Genesis is the first book in the Bible and it is about the beginning of the universe. Genesis tells how God made the sky, land, sea, planets and outer space, plants, animals and people – but also it tells how the people disobeyed God and spoiled everything.

Garden of Eden We do not know exactly where the Garden of Eden was. It may have been in the country that is now known as Iraq.

Human beings The story of creation explains that people are important and not just like animals. They are the highest point of all that God made and they are his children in a very special way.

 

Try it out

God gave the first people, Adam and Eve, the job of looking after his world. Do you have lessons about the natural world and environmental science at school? Or do you belong to a nature or science club? Do you already do things to help the natural world, such as recycling or saving water?

Cut out some hand-shapes. (Put one hand on a piece of coloured paper, draw round the outline of your hand and fingers, and then cut it out carefully. You may need some help to draw round the hand you usually write with.) On each shape, write down one way in which people can care for the world and the animals in it such as: “Caring for pets”, or “Looking after the environment”.

Make a poster with the hand-shapes, sticking them round in a circle, like the shape of the earth. Or fix them to a small twiggy branch to make a tree of ideas with the shapes as leaves.

Look again at all the ways of caring for the world that you have written on the “hands”. Choose one way that you yourself will do and be part of looking after God’s world.

 

Talk to God

Many verses in the Bible say good things about God’s wonderful world. You could say these words as a prayer to God: “I hope my thoughts will please you, because you are the one who makes me glad” (Psalm 104:34 CEV).

Or look at Psalms 8, 19, 33, or 104 and choose verses to talk to God today.

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