Catholic Bible II, Lesson 01. Creation of the World and of Man

In this lesson, we begin our study of Catholic Bible II. To complete the objectives for this lesson, complete the following tasks:

  1. Read the lesson once for familiarity.
  2. Study the lesson for mastery.
  3. Answer the Study Questions.
  4. Complete the lesson assessment.

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Lesson

1. In the beginning of time, God created the heavens and the earth. At first the earth was a mere shapeless mass of matter, hanging motionless in space, and surrounded with deep darkness. But during six days, God continued His creative work, until He made it the fair and fruitful earth which we behold.

2. These days, however, were not like our days, for as yet there was no way of measuring time. They were long ages or epochs, comprising thousands of years, during which God prepared the world to be the home of man.

3. The first day, God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God then called the light, day, and the darkness, night.

4. The second day, God said, “Let there be the firmament.” And it was so. The beautiful blue sky arched over the earth, and a part of the waters were changed into clouds, and went up to their place in the sky, to descend again in the form of rain, dew, frost, hail and snow.

5. The third day, God said, “Let the waters that cover the earth be gathered together in one place, and let the dry land appear.”

6. And it was so. The land and the sea were divided; mountains and hills rose up with their valleys; fountains, brooks, and rivers freshened the dry land, and poured them selves into the sea.

7. The fourth day, God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass and herbs, and trees bearing fruit.” And it was so. The earth grew green as in spring-time with grass and herbs, and thousands of trees and flowers put forth bright blossoms.

8. On the fifth day, God said, “Let there be lights in the heavens, that they may divide the days and the years, and give light to the earth.”

9. And it was so. The golden sun rose to give its light to the day, and the silvery moon shed its soft beams on the night; the countless stars also began to give forth their light.

10. On the sixth day, God said, “Let the water bring forth fish, and the air winged fowl, and the earth living creatures of all kinds.”

11. And at once all these came into being. Fishes, great and small, swam in the water, all kinds of birds filled the air, woods and fields.were alive with wild beasts and cattle; the grass, flowers and bushes were filled with gay butterflies, bees and other insects.

12. The lovely, blooming earth was now completed, but there was as yet no human eye to delight in its beauty, no human voice to praise its Creator. So God said, “Let us make man in our image and likeness; he shall have dominion over the fishes of the sea, the birds of the air, the beasts of the field,
and over the whole earth.”

13. Almighty God then made man out of soft, moist earth, and breathed into him the breath of life. Thusman became a living soul. And God called him Adam, which means, in Hebrew, man taken from the earth.

14. And God saw that all which He had made was very good. So on the seventh day He rested from his work, and thus set apart a day for man to devote to the worship of his Maker, and to holy rest from his labor.

Study Questions

  1. How did the earth appear when first created?
  2. Were these days of which Scripture speaks, like our day?
  3. What did God create the first day?
  4. The second?
  5. The third day?
  6. Was it so?
  7. What did God do on the fourth day?
  8. On the fifth?
  9. Was it so?
  10. What did God do on the sixth day?
  11. What followed?
  12. Whom did God now resolve to create?

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