Parents are to be the teachers of the children so we are offering simple posts that parents can expound upon.
God is the creator of the earth, people and all the animals, sea creatures, birds and whatever walks on the ground. Here are some videos for you to see some of what He created.
Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare. (Psalm 75:1)
In the video below you see some pelicans flying over the ocean waves that are crashing into the shore.
In this next video you can see the pelicans up close. They fly up in the air and then down into the water to catch fish to eat. These are 'Brown Pelicans' and their wings open up to be 6-7 feet wide! Aren't they amazing?!
This next video is of a manitee (and sometimes called a 'sea cow') that God made. They live in the ocean and eat watergrass, weeds and algae. They normally grow up to 10 feet long and weigh 1000 pounds (that's about how much a horse weighs) but they have been known to grow up to 13 feet and weigh 3,500 pounds (that's about how heavy a car is). Watch as it puts it's head out of the water and you can see it's face, isn't it cute?
These next 3 videos are of a gopher tortoise that God made. A gopher tortoise is different than a turtle because it does not go into the water like turtles do and it digs long burrows under the ground about 12 inches deep and up around 40 feet long! They eat grass and all sorts of other plants. He wasn't afraid of us walking up to see him.
The next video is of a squirrel burying an acorn.
Did you enjoy seeing those videos? Let's give God thanks for creating so many different animals and allowing us to see them!
Here are some scriptures from the bible that show how great God is.
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist. (Colossians 1:16-17)
God created the plants and trees that grow food so we're going to share some pictures with you of a 'bible garden'.
It's a garden that has trees that are mentioned in the bible and of course God made many, many more kinds, these are just a few.
Gardens like this take a lot of space so you need a lot of land. What did God call the dry land? Earth!
This is an olive tree above and you can see the
olives growing below.
Maybe you have eaten olives?
As you grow and learn the bible, you will see that olives were very important food. Olives can be eaten and the oil from them is very healthy.
Above are grape vines and below, if you look closely, you can see the grapes growing.
You can eat grapes once they are ready to be picked. There are several different kinds and colors of grapes, here are some:
Almonds are growing in the two pictures below.
Maybe you have eaten almonds? They look like this when they are ready to eat.
Below is a mulberry tree.
They grow a berry that looks like this.
Below is a pomegranate tree.
You can see the fruit growing below.
When it's ready to eat it looks like this:
Below is a fig tree.
You can see the figs growing.
When they are ripe they look like this.
Here's another example of nuts, called pistachio.
They look like this when they are ready to be eaten.
Maybe you have had them?
As we said before, God created many more kinds of trees and plants, these are just a few. These pictures were sent to us from a woman in Australia who loves God. She gets to help take care of these trees and eat of the food they produce.
What other trees can you think of?
The bible says that we are to give God thanks in everything.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
What things can you think of to be thankful for?
Let's read from God's Word, the bible, and see what else He created. To help you understand, we can read some verses and then explain what it means.
And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
(That means that God created all the animals you see that walk or creep along the ground. We will post some pictures when we're all done for you to see some examples and maybe you will think of more.)
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
(God's Word teaches us that God then created man and woman. He created them to be in charge of all the animals on the earth, in the sea and in the air.)
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
(God told them to multiply, that means to have babies.)
And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
(God then tells man and woman that He gave them food through all the plants that He made.)
And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
(God also says that the plants were food for the animals also.)
And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
Let's look at some pictures of animals and creatures that creep along the ground.
Do you know the names of these animals? Maybe you can think of many more.