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OUT OF THE DUST

BIBLE READING: GENESIS 2.4-7

1. The garden of Eden

These verses tell us about the beginning of the history of man. They show us that the creation of man was connected with the garden of Eden. This garden was to be a place where shrubs and plants would be cared for. Man would be the gardener, God would give water for the ground and fruit trees, corn and vegetables would grow.

2. Our Body and Soul

First we are told more about how man was made. God did two things. He formed man's body from the dust of the ground and as he did so he gave a spirit of life which made man alive. From this we learn that Adam as a living person had two sides to him, an earthly side and a heavenly side. Christians now speak of our earthly side as 'the body' and our heavenly side as 'the soul'. People are therefore very different from animals. Animals are alive but not in the same way as men, women and children. On earth only human beings have a heavenly side to their nature. They are made for knowing God, serving him and enjoying his fellowship. For this reason we can never be truly happy without God.

3. Activities

TO REMEMBER

'And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul'. (Genesis 2.7)

WORDS TO LEARN

History, shrub, soul, human being, fellowship, nostril, observe, origin, various.

QUESTIONS TO ANSWER

1. What was man to do in the garden of Eden?

2. What would grow in the garden?

3. What was man's body made from?

4. How do people differ from animals?

5. What two things were needed for the garden?(Genesis 2.5)

6. Where did man's breath of life come from?(Genesis 2.7)

THINGS TO DO

1. Plant different types of seeds in small boxes and watch how they grow. Record what you observe week by week.

2. Collect wild flowers and leaves and find out what they are. Make your own collection of pressed flowers and leaves showing their names.

3. Find out the names of the produce in your home vegetable rack.

4. Collect and label pictures of as many different fruits, vegetables and food crops as you can find. Draw and paint your own pictures of such foods.

5. Show on a map the countries of origin of various fruits, crops and trees.

FINDING OUT FOR YOURSELF

Use a Bible Concordance to find a scripture reference for each of the following. Record in your note book what is said about the plant or tree.

Almond, Barley, Box tree, Bramble, Cedar, Apple-trees, Corn, Cucumbers, Cypress, Fir tree, Flax, Garlic, Hay, Hyssop, Juniper, Leeks, Melons, Vine, Wheat, Wine, Myrtle, Oak, Olive, Palm, Pine, Poplars, Sycamore.

BOOKS TO READ

1. Use a botany reader to learn about the different parts of plants and trees.

2. Read about the ways in which plants and trees are useful to man.

3. Find out what plants need in order to grow well.

PSALM TO SING

Psalm 104.13-16 (Common Metre)

He from his chambers watereth

    the hills, when they are dry'd:

With fruit and increase of thy works

    the earth is satisfied.

For cattle he makes grass to grow,

    he makes the herb to spring

For th' use of man, that food to him

    he from the earth may bring;

And wine, that to the heart of man

    doth cheerfulness impart,

Oil that his face makes shine, and bread

    that strengtheneth his heart.

The trees of God are full of sap;

    the cedars that do stand

In Lebanon, which planted were

    by his almighty hand.