Then God decided He would create another being, one who was lower than the angels, called a human. God prepared the earth to be a place for humans to live. His Spirit moved over the surface of the earth, and whenever God wanted something to be made, He simply said it and it was made.
He made light. Do you know what He called it? He called the light day.
What do you think He called darkness? He called the darkness night.
Then He made the sky.
He moved the waters back so land appeared.
What do you think He called the waters? He called the waters seas
He grew plants, flowers, and trees with seeds to reproduce themselves.
He created the sun, the moon, and the stars so there would be days and different seasons.
He filled the seas with fish, the sky with birds, and the earth with all kinds of wild animals!
All of this creating was very important to God. He was very happy with it. In fact, after He created all these things, He looked at them and said, “This is good!”
After He had prepared the earth, God said, “Let us make humans in our image, to be like us. They will be in charge of the earth and the plants and the animals that live on it.” So God formed man from the dust of the ground. Then He breathed His own breath into him, and he became alive. This man would be called Adam.
God placed Adam in a beautiful garden, a place where Adam had everything he needed to live the best kind of life. God planted all kinds of trees in the garden that produced delicious fruit so humans would always have lots to eat. God gave Adam the responsibility to take care of this garden and all His creatures. God even brought all of the animals to Adam so he could give them names!
In the middle of the garden were two special trees: the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. God told Adam he could eat fruit from any tree in the garden except for one; God warned him, “If you eat fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, you will die for sure.”
Then God said, “It is not good for man to be alone. I will make a helper for him.” So God caused Adam to fall into a deep sleep. While Adam was asleep, God took a rib out of Adam and made the rib into a woman. Adam later called this woman Eve, which means “Giver of Life.” When this woman was made Adam said, “She is part of me.” Ever since then, when people get married, they become like one person. At that time, Adam and Eve were naked, but they felt no shame.
So God created both the man and the woman in His own image. God also gave Adam and Eve the ability to continue His creation by having children. God spent time with the humans, walking with them in the cool of the day. He showed them how to live in the best possible way: a life lived close to God and under His protection—a life that is full and complete.
As God looked over all of His creation He thought, “This is very good!” After creating all of this, God rested on the seventh day, and He made it a special day for rest.