April 9th 2010

Living In His Image

“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’”

Genesis 1:26 (NIV) 

Is the creation account in Genesis all about how life came to exist on the Earth? Yes—but is that all it is about? No. 

Genesis was written primarily for the Israelites, who had spent centuries living in Egypt, a nation where it seems they made gods of almost everything. Chapter 1 is all about re-establishing God—to his proper place—in the hearts and minds of the children of Israel.

It is God who separates the light from the darkness, the good from the evil—see John 3:19-20. All of the things that the Egyptians worshipped are, in fact, creations of this God: The sun, moon and stars and all animals, birds, fish and plants. 

The creation was given for human beings to rule over—not for the creation to rule man. Yes, the man and woman were made last, but not because they were inferior. Instead, God was saving the best till last! We are his pinnacle of creation, the crowning glory: “God saw all that he had made and it was very good” (Genesis 1:30).

 The message of Genesis 1 is incredible: Our potential is greater than being just another animal on this Earth. God has set a special place in his heart for us—He desires for us to be his active sons and daughters.

 Prayer

Dear Father, what are people that you are mindful of us? Thank you that you care for us and declare your love for all of the human race.

Amen 

Study by Rosemary Gent

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