In today's reading we find what God created on the 4th day. Grab your Bible and turn to the first book of the Bible, which is called Genesis. Genesis 1:14-19 in the easy-to-read version says:
14Then God said, “Let there be lights in the sky. These lights will separate the days from the nights. These lights will be used for special signs and to show when special meetings* begin. And they will be used to show the days and years. 15These lights will be in the sky to shine light on the earth.” And it happened. 16So God made the two large lights. God made the larger light to rule during the day. He made the smaller light to rule during the night. God also made the stars. 17God put these lights in the sky to shine on the earth. 18God put these lights in the sky to rule over the day and over the night. These lights separated the light from the darkness. And God saw this was good. 19There was evening, and then there was morning. This was the fourth day.
*special meetings The Israelites used the sun and moon to decide when the months and years began. And many Jewish holidays and special meetings began at the time of the new moon or full moon.
- Start with a prayer asking God to give you wisdom to better understand the reading for the day and for wisdom in communicating this in your own words to your children, friends or others.
- If you're reading with children, don't worry that the concept may be over their head or that they may not fully understand. Whether you're reading to your unborn child, an infant or an older child, through repetition and consistency, they'll at some point know that you love God...and that you love them by sharing God's word with them.
- Read the verse aloud. Talk about what you learned from reading this verse.