"Creation, Forming the World" January 12, 2013
Genesis 1:1-3, Isaiah 45:18, 1 John 1:5, Revelation 22:5, 2 Corinthians 4:6, 2 Peter 3:5, Job 38:4-6
If someone asked you the question, "What is the most famous statue ever sculpted?" Would your answer be The Thinker by Rodin? Or maybe you'd say Michelangelo's David? Perhaps you'd name The Little Mermaid who sits on a rock in the Copenhagen harbor or would it be the Great Sphinx in Egypt?
Then again you might choose Christ the Redeemer, a statue of Jesus Christ with arms outstretched overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Perchance you might even suggest that The Statue of Liberty is, at the very least, the most widely recognized statue in the world.
Lady Liberty, as she is fondly referred to, was built in France and designed by the famous French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi as a gift to the United States from the people of France. The Statue of Liberty was crafted from iron and copper with the help of many of workers working ten hour days, seven days a week for nine years!"1
Miss Liberty was completed and presented to the American Ambassador in Paris, France on July 4th, 1884 to honor America's Independence Day. The Statue's total overall height from the base of the pedestal foundation to the tip of the torch is 305 feet, six inches. There are seven rays on her crown, one for each of the seven continents, each measuring up to nine feet in length and weighing as much as 150 pounds.2
In order to transport the 151-foot-tall, 225 ton Lady Liberty from France to New York, the statue was dismantled into 300 pieces and packed into 214 wooden crates to be put on its base, the pedestal funded by the United States. Miss Liberty wasn't dedicated until she was secured on her base in the New York Harbor on October 28, 1886.3
It is beyond our human comprehension what it must have been like for God, the Master Sculpture, to form a place to house living things out of nothing using only His voice. No chisel or hammer. No hired hands. Instead the record shows that "Each creation day includes an announcement, a particular commandment, separation, a report, naming, evaluation, and chronological framework."4
The lesson author reminds us that it only took three days to form the world and three days to fill it. This week's lesson focuses on the first three literal 24 hour days: Day One, light; Day Two, firmament, sky and seas; and Day Three, dry land and vegetation.
God spoke and divine creative activity happened, a technique no other sculptor has ever been able to duplicate.
1. Kidz World
2. Statue of Liberty
3. Statue of Liberty
4. Genesis 1:3 NKJV. Study Notes, Andrews Study Bible, Andrews University Press, 2010.
History of the Statue of Liberty: You Tube