Genesis 1:27-28 The Message
God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature so they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, and, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.”
God created human beings; he created them godlike; reflecting God’s nature. He created them male and female. God blessed them: “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge! Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.”
God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image.”
“Let us,” strongly suggests there is someone there other than God. This supports the Trinity as one God in three persons, God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Does “in our image,” refer to a physical likeness or a mental representation? Do we look like God? How are we alike? How are we different? Are we different? Are we one of three parts? I think of myself as having three parts, the mind, the body, and the spirit. Three vital parts that are connected and are one.
God created human beings; he created them godlike, reflecting God’s nature.
We humans were created to be godlike. As Christians we strive to be like Jesus, God’s Son, but we all fall short. I know I do.
What is God’s nature? What are His qualities? God, our conversations over the years have taught me much about You. I know You are Good; You are Love; You heal; You provide; You comfort; You protect; You teach; You lead; You are my Heavenly Father; You are the beginning and the end; You are God Almighty; You are Peace; You are our Shepherd. I pray that I am a reflection of goodness, love, healing, provision, comfort, protection. I try to be peace-filled, that is a struggle for me. I am high-strung as You well know; my energies rarely taper off; I long for peace; but my nature is not still nor quiet.
He created them male and female.
I do understand how You, Dear Lord, are both male and female. The male qualities provide for my safety. The female qualities nurture and soothe my many fears. I had two parents, male and female. I needed their individual strengths that came from their personalities and from their gender.
God blessed them: “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge! Be responsible.
You blessed us, Dear Lord. You wanted Your children to do well. You gave us specific instructions. You gave us responsibilities. As any Father would, You expected us to obey.
One must use their imagination to create. Lord, You imagined mankind in Your likeness. I am honored and humbled to be one of those You chose to live in relationship with You. Thank You; Bless You; may my life bring Glory and Honor to Your Name … Your name above all names. Amen
Here are two beautiful hymns that express God’s Magnificence as Creator.
God of the Earth, the Sky, the Sea!
Words: Samuel Longfellow, Hymns of the Spirit, 1864
Music: St. Catherine, arranged by James G. Walton in Crown of Jesus Music, by Henri F. Hemy (London: 1864)
God of the earth, the sky, the sea!
Maker of all above, below!
Creation lives and moves in Thee,
Thy present life in all doth flow.
We give Thee thanks, Thy Name we sing,
Almighty Father, heavenly King.
Thy love is in the sunshine’s glow,
Thy life is in the quickening air;
When lightning flashes and storm winds blow,
There is Thy power; Thy law is there.
We feel Thy calm at evening’s hour,
Thy grandeur in the march of night;
And when Thy morning breaks in power,
We hear Thy Word, “Let there be light.”
But higher far, and far more clear,
Thee in man’s spirit we behold;
Thine image and Thyself are there—
Th’indwelling God, proclaimed of old.
Let All that Breathe Jehovah Praise
Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns for Children, 1763
Music: Ward, arranged from a Scottish melody by Lowell Mason, 1830
Let all that breathe Jehovah praise;
Almighty, all-creating Lord!
Let earth and Heav’n His power confess,
Brought out of nothing by His word.
He spake the word, and it was done;
The universe His word obeyed;
His Word is His eternal Son,
And Christ the whole creation made.
Jesus, the Lord and God most high,
Maker of all mankind and me!
Me Thou hast made to glorify,
To know, and love, and live to Thee.
Wherefore to Thee my heart I give,
For Thou Thyself dost give the power;
And if for Thee on earth I live,
Thee I shall soon in Heav’n adore.
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