Creation Lesson: “God Has the Best Imagination” by Mike CosperPsalm 95, Genesis 1
Bible Lesson/Game (25-30 minutes): Today, we’re going to learn about the amazing things that God did when he created the world. Have you ever helped make something? Have you ever helped your mom make cookies or make a project? Raise your hand and tell us what it was: (Point out to the kids the process – When we make things, we take ingredients and make them into something.)
Did you know that when God made the world, he made it out of nothing? Let’s listen to the Bible together: (Involve the liturgists – Have the teacher take the role of reader 1, and two liturgists take the roles of readers 2 and 3)
(Excerpts from Genesis 1, NLT) Reader 1: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Reader 2: Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. Reader 3: Then God said, “Let there be a space between the waters, to separate the heavens from the earth.”
Reader 1: Then God said, “Let the waters beneath the sky flow together into one place, so dry ground may appear.” And that is what happened. God called the dry ground “land” and the waters “seas.” And God saw that it was good. Reader 2: Then God said, “Let the land sprout with every sort of seed-bearing plant, and trees that grow fruit.” And that is what happened. The land produced all sorts of seed-bearing plants, and trees with fruit. Their seeds produced plants and trees of the same kind. And God saw that it was good. Reader 3: Then God said, “Let the waters swarm with fish and other life. Let the skies be filled with birds of every kind.” So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that scurries and swarms in the water, and every sort of bird—each producing offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.
Reader 1: Then God said, “Let the earth produce every sort of animal, each producing offspring of the same kind—livestock, small animals that scurry along the ground, and wild animals.” And that is what happened. Reader 2: Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.” Reader 3: So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good!
Do you see what happened in the story? God spoke, and it happened! God said “Light!” and… IT HAPPENED. God said “Earth and Sky” and then it happened? God said, “Giraffes, tigers, lions, bears, lizards!” and then it happened. What did God use to make them? Just his Words! What else? Nothing.
Let’s all try to do that – we’ll yell out together something we want to make. Let’s try to make a cat. At the count of three, let’s all yell for a cat and see if we can make one with just our words. One.. Two… Three.. CAT!! (Try a few- dog, piano, rhinocerous, duck-billed platypus – funny, weird stuff).
We can’t do it, can we? Only God can make something out of nothing. That’s the amazing thing about how God makes things. He has the best imagination. He thinks up all the things we love in creation and makes them out of nothing. Just with his words. Only God can make things this way.
Do you realize that when God made a Giraffe, there had never been one before. Not only can he make something from nothing, with only his words, the things he makes are TOTALLY unique! God has the best imagination. There had never been a bear before God made the first bear. There had never been a person before God made the first person.
So instead of making things from nothing, with just our words, we make things with the stuff that he’s made. We take clay and make sculpture. We take crayons and markers and draw pictures. We take wood and steel and make instruments and play music.
Today, we’re going to take what we’ve learned about God’s creation and creativity and put it into practice. We can’t make things like God made, but we can use what God has given to us. God has the very best imagination, but he’s given us great imaginations and great things to work with too.
Let’s use our imaginations to think about what God has done in creation. Let’s pretend that we can make something totally unique to us. Have you ever wanted to see a dog with wings? Or a bird with a cat’s tail? Today we get to let our imaginations go wild because God has given us the inspiration of his creation and the fun our imaginations.