Discipleship Lesson 2

CREATION

THE UNIVERSE SCREAMS HIS NAME

Genesis 1:1 
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       1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

John 1:1-18 
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       1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning

       with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him

       was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome

       it.

 

       6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the

       light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

 

       9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world

       was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive

       him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,

       13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

 

       14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the

       Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He

       who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) 16 For from his fullness we have all

       received, grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus

       Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known.

Genesis 1:26 
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       26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.

 

Genesis 2:18-22 
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       18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit

       for him.” 19 Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens

       and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature,

       that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of

       the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall

       upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that

       the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. 

Job 38:1 - 40:5
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38 

       1 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:

       2 “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
     
 3 Dress for action like a man;
              I will question you, and you make it known to me.

       4 “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
              Tell me, if you have understanding.
 
     5 Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
   
           Or who stretched the line upon it?
     
 6 On what were its bases sunk,
  
            or who laid its cornerstone,
 
     7 when the morning stars sang together
              and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

       8 “Or who shut in the sea with doors
              when it burst out from the womb,
       
9 when I made clouds its garment
              and thick darkness its swaddling band,
     
10 and prescribed limits for it
              and set bars and doors,
   
   11 and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther,
              and here shall your proud waves be stayed’?

       12 “Have you commanded the morning since your days began,
     
 13 that it might take hold of the skirts of the
  
                 and caused the dawn to know its place, 
earth,
  
                 and the wicked be shaken out of it?
       14 It is changed like clay under the seal,
  
                 and its features stand out like a garment.
       15 From the wicked their light is withheld,
                 and their uplifted arm is broken.

       16 “Have you entered into the springs of the sea,
  
            or walked in the recesses of the deep?
     
 17 Have the gates of death been revealed to you,
  
            or have you seen the gates of deep darkness?
       
18 Have you comprehended the expanse of the earth?
              Declare, if you know all this.

       19 “Where is the way to the dwelling of light,
   
                and where is the place of darkness,
     
 20 that you may take it to its territory
                   and that you may discern the paths to its home?
     
 21 You know, for you were born then,
                   and the number of your days is great!

       22 “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow,
   
           or have you seen the storehouses of the hail,
     
 23 which I have reserved for the time of trouble,
  
            for the day of battle and war?
     
 24 What is the way to the place where the light is distributed,
              or where the east wind is scattered upon the earth?

       25 “Who has cleft a channel for the torrents of rain
   
           and a way for the thunderbolt,
     
 26 to bring rain on a land where no man is,
 
             on the desert in which there is no man,
     
 27 to satisfy the waste and desolate land,
              and to make the ground sprout with grass?

       28 “Has the rain a father,
  
                 or who has begotten the drops of dew?
       
29 From whose womb did the ice come forth,
                   and who has given birth to the frost of heaven?
     
 30 The waters become hard like stone,
      
            and the face of the deep is frozen.

       31 “Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades
  
            or loose the cords of Orion?
       
32 Can you lead forth the Mazzaroth in their season,
  
            or can you guide the Bear with its children?
       
33 Do you know the ordinances of the heavens?
              Can you establish their rule on the earth?

       34 “Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
              that a flood of waters may cover you?
       
35 Can you send forth lightnings, that they may go
    
          and say to you, ‘Here we are’?
     
 36 Who has put wisdom in the inward parts
   
           or given understanding to the mind?
       
37 Who can number the clouds by wisdom?
   
           Or who can tilt the waterskins of the heavens,
     
 38 when the dust runs into a mass
              and the clods stick fast together?

       39 “Can you hunt the prey for the lion,
              or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
     
 40 when they crouch in their dens
              or lie in wait in their thicket?
     
 41 Who provides for the raven its prey,
              when its young ones cry to God for help,
              and wander about for lack of food?

39

       1 “Do you know when the mountain goats give birth?
              Do you observe the calving of the does?
       
2 Can you number the months that they fulfill,
              and do you know the time when they give birth,
     
 3 when they crouch, bring forth their offspring,
              and are delivered of their young?
     
 4 Their young ones become strong; they grow up in the open;
              they go out and do not return to them.

       5 “Who has let the wild donkey go free?
              Who has loosed the bonds of the swift donkey,
 
     6 to whom I have given the arid plain for his home
              and the salt land for his dwelling place?
     
 7 He scorns the tumult of the city;
              he hears not the shouts of the driver.
     
 8 He ranges the mountains as his pasture,
              and he searches after every green thing.

       9 “Is the wild ox willing to serve you?
              Will he spend the night at your manger?
     
 10 Can you bind him in the furrow with ropes,
              or will he harrow the valleys after you?
     
 11 Will you depend on him because his strength is great,
              and will you leave to him your labor?
       
12 Do you have faith in him that he will return your grain
              and gather it to your threshing floor?

       13 “The wings of the ostrich wave proudly,
              but are they the pinions and plumage of love?
       
14 For she leaves her eggs to the earth
              and lets them be warmed on the ground,
     
 15 forgetting that a foot may crush them
              and that the wild beast may trample them.
     
 16 She deals cruelly with heryoung, as if they were not hers;
              though her labor be in vain, yet she has no fear,
   
   17 because God has made her forget wisdom
              and given her no share in understanding.
       
18 When she rouses herself to flee,
              she laughs at the horse and his rider.

       19 “Do you give the horse his might?
              Do you clothe his neck with a mane?
   
   20 Do you make him leap like the locust?
              His majestic snorting is terrifying.
       
21 He paws in the valley and exults in his strength;
              he goes out to meet the weapons.
   
   22 He laughs at fear and is not dismayed;
              he does not turn back from the sword.
     
 23 Upon him rattle the quiver,
              the flashing spear, and the javelin.
       
24 With fierceness andrage he swallows the ground;
              he cannot stand still at the sound of the trumpet.
     
 25 When the trumpet sounds, he says ‘Aha!’
              He smells the battle from afar,
              the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.

       26 “Is it by your understanding that the hawk soars
              and spreads his wings toward the south?
       
27 Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up
              and makes his nest on high?
   
   28 On therock he dwells and makes his home,
              on the rocky crag and stronghold.
   
   29 From there he spies out the prey;
              his eyes behold it from far away.
   
   30 His young ones suck up blood,
              and where the slain are, there is he.”

 

40

1 And the Lord said to Job:

       2 “Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty?
              He who argues with God, let him answer it.”

       3 Then Job answered the Lord and said:

       4 “Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you?
              I lay my hand on my mouth.
       
5 I have spoken once, and I will not answer;
             twice, but I will proceed no further.”

Psalm 95:6 
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6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
    let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!