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In God's Image

Then God said:
Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness; and let them have dominion over all the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, over the livestock, over every thing that creeps, and over all of the earth. Then God formed a man out of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living soul. God named the man Adam, and gave him dominion over all living things in the land, in the sky, and in the sea.

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Scripture reference: Genesis 1:26; 2:7

God’s voice caused the heavens to split, the waters to part, and plants, trees, and animals to spring forth from the ground. But God’s act of creating mankind is quite different. Here we see God much more intimately connected with the creation of man. He formed Adam from the dust of the earth. Imagine God bending down and digging His hands into the soil, forming it with His fingers. This brings a deeper meaning to the well-known Scripture:

“But now, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. —Isaiah 64:8 [ESV]


God’s hands shaped the dust. God breathed into Adam’s lungs, and filled him with living breath. As Job says, “The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” (Job 33:4)

God’s hands shaped the dust. God breathed into Adam’s lungs,

and filled him with living breath.

Mankind was made in the image of God. Although theologians debate exactly what this means in particular, we can trust on a very basic level that there is something different about humans compared with other living creatures—something that makes them like God.

God assures us in Scripture that both men and women are created after His likeness, meaning that both men and women image God in important ways.

Mankind is creative like God, molding the materials that God placed in the world. Mankind is able to rule over creation as God’s workers, tending the world in which God placed them. Mankind has dominion over all of the animals, fish, and birds, like God has ultimate dominion over all things. Mankind has a soul, knowledge, and deep understanding; they are able to understand, in part, God’s plan for ultimate restoration.

 

Mankind is creative like God, molding the materials that God placed in the world.

Our Response

 

When we think about how the Lord is so much greater than anything we could imagine, we may find ourselves echoing David’s question in Psalm 8:4, “What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?” It seems impossible that God, in His infinite majesty, could deeply care about each one of us. But He does! “Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered” (Luke 12:7a).

 

We can say with confidence that God formed our inward parts; He knitted us together in each of our mother's wombs (Psalm 139:13). This concern and care shown to us by our Creator reveals our worth. We do not need to trust in our earthly power, positions, or titles because we’re not defined by them. We do not find our worth in our earthly work, failures, or successes. We are loved by our God, and that proves that we are worthy. We are worthy of love, of grace, and of mercy—all of which are extended to us perfectly by our God in the saving work of Christ and the promise of eternal life with Him.

It seems impossible that God, in His infinite majesty, could deeply care about each one of us.

But He does! “Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered” (Luke 12:7a).

We do not find our worth in our earthly work, failures, or successes.

A Prayer for This Week

Most Merciful God, we trust You, Lord, when You say that You care for us, even when we do not feel it. Help the reality of Your love change us from seeking our own glory to working for Your kingdom. In Your mercy, forgive us daily for our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Help us to be encouraged by the love that You have shown for us through Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection. As we look forward to eternity with You, continually provide us with hope. Thank You for entrusting Your creation to our care. Help us to honor You in how we tend the garden of this earth. In Your holy and precious name we pray. Amen.

Creation Day 6, Part 2

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