ABOUT THIS BOOK T his world in which we live is not the world God cre- ated. The world God made was created in six days, and at the end of each day, God viewed his work and he was very well pleased with what he had accomplished. “[He] saw that it was good” (Genesis 1:25). The sixth day of God’s work of creation was the final day, and that day was the culmination of all of his work. It was on that day that God created all of the animals, and they were all masterpieces of his engineering and creating skills. The sixth day reveals the reason God created his new world. God wanted children, and he did not want children because he wanted someone to love him; he wanted children because he wanted someone to love, for God is love (1 John 4:8). God’s expectation was that his children would respect him and love him back. John wrote, “We love, because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19). God created his children male and female, and they were to re- plenish the earth with other children, all of whom God would love dearly. When God created his children, the human family, he wanted them to know how much he loved them, and to dem- onstrate his love for them, he created a majestic universe com- posed of the heavens, the sea, and the earth. It was infinite, it was perfect, and it was full of all kinds of living creatures. Nothing more could be done or added to what God had created to make it more perfect. Then God gave it all to his children to show them how much he loved them (Genesis 1:26). What a wonderful gift Adam and Eve received from their Father. They had received the