My Bible History, OT 01 – The Creation

The CreationGod has always lived. He had no beginning, and He will have no end.

There was a time when only God lived. Then out of nothing, by his almighty power, He made everything – heaven, and earth, all things in heaven and on earth.

Out of nothing God created the earth. At first it was dark and covered with water. Then God said, “Be light made,” and at once light appeared. God separated light from darkness. He called the light Day, and the darkness Night. This was all done the first day.

On the second day, God commanded, “Let there be a sky to divide the waters.” The blue sky was made, and God called it Heaven.

On the third day, God spoke: “Let the waters under Heaven be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear. Let this dry land bring for grass and trees and plants of every kind.” As God said, so everything was done. He called the waters Seas, and the dry land He called Earth.

On the fourth day, God created the sun, the moon and the stars. He said, “Let these heavenly lights separate day from night; let them mark the days, the seasons, and the years.”

On the fifth day, God created the fishes and other creatures that were to live in the Seas. He also made birds and other creatures that were fly in the sky. God blessed them, saying, “Increase and multiply.”

On the sixth day, God made all the animals that were to live on the ground. Then God said, “I shall make man in My image. I shall make man to rule over all the things I have created.” God formed man out of the dust of the earth. Then He breathed into him a soul that will never die.

And God saw all the things that He had made, and they were very good.

On the seventh day, God rested from His work. He blessed the day and made it holy.

Catholics are obliged to keep Sundays and holy days of obligation holy by hearing Mass and abstaining from servile work.

– from My Bible History in Pictures, by Bishop Louis LaRavoire Morrow, D.D., 1934; it has the Imprimatur of Archbishop Michael J O’Doherty of Manila, Philippines