Summary of passage: God created living creatures in the water and birds to fly in the skies. He saw that it was good and blessed them to multiply and fill the earth–the fifth day.
Sixth day: God created living creatures (both domestic and wild) to fill the land. He saw that it was good.
8a) Orderly process. He fills the seas with living creatures and the sky with birds (He separated these first so He fills these first). The He populates the land with creatures, which follows since He separated dry land after He separated out the sky.
b) Here BSF mentions evolution but does nothing to explain the the term. BSF assumes everyone knows what evolution is which I can tell you right now my kids have no clue what evolution is. They kind of do from all the dinosaur books we read but could not explain the theory.
Evolution is a complicated theory and even scientists have different definitions. There is also the evolution of the universe and biological evolution (the evolution of life forms).
So this question I think would be best answered keeping it as general and as simple as possible. Since we are talking about life forms on the fifth and sixth day of creation, we will stick with biological here.
Biological evolution is the process that results in changes in a population spread over many generations.
To me, I define evolution as the idea that all life evolved from a single-celled microorganism over billions of years. Obviously, Genesis states God created every kind of plant and animal–nothing evolved over time.
God created; not time.
9a) Personal Question. My answer: Ephesians tells us to be filled with the Spirit. I don’t think me life is right now. It’s pretty chaotic around here. So much going on: caring for and teaching my kids, running my household, kids activities, meeting husband’s needs, working out, carving out a niche of time to be with God (bible study) and do His will (my novel). This is my typical day.
I need to pray more. Give more. Reflect God more. Love more.
b) Personal question. My answer: He has reinforced old ideas and desires, not necessarily new. Refocused I guess. I gotta get my query letter done and get it out to agents. I gotta quit cussing. I gotta be more grateful and thankful for all that I have. I gotta be a life-giver, not a life-drainer.
c) Personal question. My answer: Watching my tongue more. Being more encouraging. Praying more and thanking more. Caring for others more than myself.
Conclusions: To be honest, I didn’t really like this lesson. 8b seems obvious if you are a believer what the answer should be. But it just seems out of place and presumptuous–to throw in the theory of evolution without discussing it first. It’s like assuming everyone knows what “pop” is.
Question 9 is a good reminder of what I should be doing. But I don’t have any new ideas. God’s word is timeless. How you should live has not changed and never will change. Nothing should be “new” unless you just learned it. I know how I should be filling my life and I’m not. I guess that’s why I don’t like it. I don’t want to change. But I know it’s time. And re-prioritizing is never easy.