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Genesis 1:26-31 (Part 1)
by Tom Phelps
12/26/01
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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."
SO GOD CREATED MAN IN HIS OWN IMAGE, IN THE IMAGE OF GOD HE CREATED HIM; MALE AND FEMALE HE CREATED THEM.
GOD BLESSED THEM AND SAID TO THEM, "BE FRUITFUL AND INCREASE IN NUMBER; FILL THE EARTH AND SUBDUE IT. RULE OVER THE FISH OF THE SEA AND THE BIRDS OF THE AIR AND OVER EVERY LIVING CREATURE THAT MOVES ON THE GROUND."
THEN GOD SAID, "I GIVE YOU EVERY SEED-BEARING PLANT ON THE FACE OF THE WHOLE EARTH AND EVRY TREE THAT HAS FRUIT WITH SEED IN IT. THEY WILL BE YOURS FOR FOOD. AND TO ALL THE BEASTS OF THE EARTH AND ALL THE BIRDS OF THE AIR AND ALL THE CREATURES THAT MOVE ON THE GROUND-EVERYTHING THAT HAS THE BREATH OF LIFE IN IT-I GIVE EVERY GREEN PLANT FOR FOOD." AND IT WAS SO.
GOD SAW ALL THAT HE HAD MADE, AND IT WAS VERY GOOD. AND THERE WAS EVENING AND THERE WAS MORNING-THE SIXTH DAY.

Day 6 has arrived! God's crowning act of creation is "Adam", "Mankind".

Verses 26-27 "Let us make man in our image..."

This is another glimpse at the fact of God's triunity as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The use of "our" shows that God is plural, but the use of "He" and "His" affirms that God is singular. Genesis 1:1 the Hebrew word for God is "Elohim" which means the "uniplural God".

"Adam" is the only Hebrew noun used for mankind in Genesis 1.

We see the third and final usage of the verb "bara" in Genesis 1. A second verb "asa" is also used as in the case of the "nephesh" animals.
Something about "Adam" is totally new "bara" and something about him is not "asa". The spiritual dimension of "Adam" set him apart from God's other creation.

Humans were created "in the image of God." This distinction applies to no other creature.

Many things have been written about the phrase "in the image of God."

The human spirit includes the following characteristics:

1. awareness of a moral code written or impressed within the conscience(knowledge of right and wrong)
2. concerns about death and about life after death
3. desire to worship and communicate with a higher being
4. consciousness of self
5. drive to discover and the capacity to recognize truth and absolutes

Any creature that does not have these characteristics cannot be considered "Adam" (made "in God's image")

Notice in verse 27 God specifically tells us that he made mankind "male" and "female". I will not talk much about this subject but if you look at nature, it is obvious that "MALE" and "FEMALE" are met to be together and not the other way around. Nature tells this to us. However, society once again has perverted this.

This is also another pitfall when it comes to evolution. Given the tremendous odds it would take for even the smallest building block of life to form by random chance, what are the odds for these building blocks to develop into a human being and even more impossible, into a human being that has an opposite sex completely designed to compliment each other! This takes ASTRONOMICAL FAITH!

God gave mankind the assignment to "fill" the Earth and to "rule over" all it contains. It is our responsibility to care for this Earth and to manage its resources. The rest of the scriptures tell of our failure to do so.

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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Member Comments
Member Date
16 Jan 2002
I learned a lot from this article. There is a lot of information that can be expanded into several articles. I like when an article makes me think. Yours certainly has.
Judy Fulton 08 Jan 2002
Very insightful!
Jim Fulton 02 Jan 2002
Kind of settles the argument of us coming from apes or anything else that is less than what God made us to be. And you're right; it does take an enormous amout of faith, boardering on loonacy, to say that creation was nothing more than a burp in the scheme of things.




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