Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Made in the Image of God
Genesis 1:26 (NKJV) Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
Mankind was created by God like every other creature and created thing, but he was not created in the same way and was not given the same purpose. All of mankind, both men and women, are made in God’s image. Being made in the image of God speaks of the fact that mankind has some characteristics that directly reflect the nature of God more than any other creature. For example, man intelligence, hope, mercy, love, kindness, and he knows right from wrong.
Since mankind was created in the image of God, then we also bear a responsibility greater than that of any other creature on earth. Our passage of Scripture explains that God gave man “dominion” over every other created animal. This dominion is includes the responsibility to care for other creatures, but also manage their use. God created the Earth to display His glory and He created mankind to show His glory in the care and control of these resources. So from the beginning we learn that we are stewards of God’s resources and should use them to glorify His name.
1 Corinthians 10:31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1. What is the main way that humans are different than all other creatures?
2. What does it mean to be made in God’s image?