Genesis 1:24-31: The truth about man.

“24 And God said, ‘Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.’ And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.  26 Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’

27 So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.

28 God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.’

29 Then God said, ‘I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground – everything that has the breath of life in it – I give every green plant for food.’ And it was so. 31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning – the sixth day.” NIV UK

Man appears at the end of Genesis 1 as the crown and pinnacle of creation. There is something different about him/her compared to every other life form. Only man was made in the ‘’image’’ of God, created to ‘’rule’’ (26, 28). I once heard a preacher say: ‘The truth about man is that he was meant to tell the whole truth about God’. But, of course, he does not now do so. Since the fall into sin (which we will come to look at shortly), that image has been marred. It has become defaced and distorted. But everyone in Christ is in a process of restoration. What was lost in the garden is being restored (Ephesians 4:20-24; Colossians 3:9, 10).

Edgar Wallace, who wrote mystery stories, lived in the same street as a Christian man. Wallace apparently said, ‘As long as I live in the same street as that man, I cannot doubt that there is a God.’ The man wasn’t God, of course; but it would seem that he was becoming more and more like Him. No Christian on earth has yet been perfected. But because we are in the process, we can have a similar impact on our neighbours. Now isn’t that something to covet?

PRAYER: Lord, let me reflect your glory in this world. Grant that my life may be evidence for your reality.