Creation: In God’s Image
Genesis 1:26 – 2:4
God saw everything he had made: it was supremely good. (Genesis 1:31)
We often bring a self-centered view to Genesis by assuming God created everything for humanity. However, Genesis shows that we are created for the world. Humanity was created on the final day in order to complete the process God began.
In a deliberate act, God said, “Let us make humanity in our image” (Genesis 1:26). What does being made in the image of God mean? It may refer to our sense of morality, our spiritual nature, or that we are creative beings. Though we may not be able to pinpoint the exact meaning, we can find comfort in knowing that while God is different from humanity, God is not an abstract force or divine principle removed from humanity and the world.
With the final act of Creation complete, God rested on the seventh day. God blessed the final day of Creation, a day of stillness and rest. Perhaps God was blessing the seventh day to be fruitful, to be a day in which we find joy and delight, resting from our work. In our busy culture, the day of rest takes on greater significance. God blessed the seventh day, which we learn later in the Old Testament is called the sabbath day, so that we may follow God’s example of finding fruitfulness in simple rest and joys not related to work. Since we are made in the image of God, we should follow God’s habits of fruitful work and rest.
• We are made in God’s image.
• We are to take care of God’s creation.
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