Welcome to our study of Orni- and Ichthy-ology! This year we are returning to the flying and swimming creatures of the fifth day after a 6 year hiatus cycling through the other days of creation. Besides using Apologia Exploring Creation textbooks we include daily scripture readings and memory verses on the same topics, as well as hymns and Psalms for singing that make mention of our scientific themes. We call our learning plan God Made Known and it’s purpose is to educate our 5 boys in the Fear of the Lord and a Delight in His Works (Psalm 111).
In the Bible we read about 3 of the ways in which God has revealed Himself to us: the World He made, the Word He breathed, and the Workers He commissioned.
Romans 1:20 says that God’s “invisible attributes, namely His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.” Even the most invisible things about God we can SEE through the things He has made! God has made Himself known through His World!
Psalm 19 speaks of God’s special revelation through His creation as well as through His Word. But I love how the Psalmist describes that revelation in chapter 119 verse 130. “The unfolding of Your Word gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.” Wow! Even a simple person, like a small child, can understand really BIG things about God because He has made Himself known through His Word!
2 Corinthians 5:11-6:2 is a beautiful passage written by one of God’s appointed workers, the apostle Paul, who describes his role as one of the “ambassadors for Christ, God making His appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain.” God has also appointed parents as ambassadors on Christ’s behalf to teach our children about Him. God still makes Himself known through His Workers!
My husband and I seek to educate our boys in a way that immerses them in God’s creation, His divinely breathed Word, and the historical and ongoing work in and through His people. Lastly, it is our ongoing prayer that God would ultimately reveal Himself to each of them through the Holy Spirit and that they would be eternally reconciled to Him.