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In His Image
Bible Passage GENESIS 1:24-31
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2019 & .

In His Image

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached January 3, 2019

SCRIPTURE 📖 In His Image
24  Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth each kind of living creature, each kind of livestock and crawling thing, and each kind of earth’s animals!” And that is what happened:

25  God made each kind of the earth’s animals, along with every kind of livestock and crawling thing. And God saw how good it was.

26  Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, to be like us. Let them be masters over the fish in the ocean, the birds that fly, the livestock, everything that crawls on the earth, and over the earth itself!”

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

28  God blessed the humans by saying to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it! Be masters over the fish in the ocean, the birds that fly, and every living thing that crawls on the earth!”

29  God also told them, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant that grows throughout the earth, along with every tree that grows seed-bearing fruit. They will produce your food.

30  I have given all green plants as food for every wild animal of the earth, every bird that flies, and to every living thing that crawls on the earth.” And that is what happened.

31  Now God saw all that he had made, and indeed, it was very good! The twilight and the dawn were the sixth day.

BACKGROUND  ✝ In His Image
Continuing with the creations, the land also experienced this development of animal life, till it too became full of all kinds of creatures.

On the sixth day, finally came the first human couple, who together represented the peak of God’s creation.
Like the other animals, they were so made that they could feed themselves from what grew on the earth and reproduce their own kind.

But they were different from all other animals and were given power over them; for they alone, of all God’s creatures, were made in God’s image.

In verse 25, God said, ‘Let us make people.’ He did not say, ‘I will make people.’ Perhaps he said ‘us’ because He is 3 persons. He is the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. He is also one God.

Being made in God’s image, human beings are unique in God’s creation. Somehow they are like God in a way that nothing else is. The whole person is in God’s image. Because of this expression of God within them, men and women are in a sense God’s representatives upon earth. He has appointed them rulers over the earthly creation.

Without the image of God within them, people cease to be human. Even if they had the physical appearance of human beings, they would be no more than creatures of the animal world.
An animal’s ‘animality’ is in itself; a person’s humanity is not. It depends for its existence upon God. That is why human beings, in spite of the dignity and status given them by God, cannot exist independently of God. They may want to, and may bring disaster upon themselves as a result (as seen in the story of their original disobedience; see 2:8-17, 3:1-24 ), but they cannot destroy the image of God. The image of God within them is what makes them human.

God told people to rule over the earth and the sea and the birds and the animals. Therefore, we are responsible for the whole earth. We must look after it and we must take care of it. That is part of our duty to God.

God commanded human beings to be ‘fruitful and multiply’. This means much more than ‘have large families’. It does not mean producing many children even when you cannot take care of them.

To be fruitful and multiply also means ‘live at peace’. So then the families do not kill each other. It also means ‘live in a way that pleases God’. We read about that in the New Testament too. In Galatians 5:22, the writer describes it as the ‘fruit that the Spirit produces’. That ‘fruit’ means good things that  God in our lives. God wanted His people to obey Him.

God told people to rule over the earth and the sea and the birds and the animals. Therefore, we are responsible for the whole earth. We must look after it and we must take care of it. That is part of our duty to God.

LESSONS ✍🏽 Arise Shine
🔷In His Image Human beings have the responsibility to take care of all God’s creations and protect them

🔷God Rules We must plan our child birth so we do not make our children suffer abnormally

🔷God Rules Every animal or creature is meant for consumption of  human beings

🔷God Rules Human beings are superior to every other creature, even angels

PRAYER POINTS 🙏🏽
💥In His Image  Pray to be a good steward
💥God Rules  Intercede for a brother or a sister

CONCLUSION 📙
God gave us all that we need as human beings and made us superior to all other creations. He expects us to live peacefully while we help each other develop.
AMEN

 

In series Bright Morning Reflections