God created mankind in his own image.
Every civilization has a story about how humanity appeared on earth. This story matters, because people understand their own meaning and purpose from how they think human life began. Some cultures have worshiped creation itself; others think human life is nothing more than chemical compounds. God’s Word says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (1:1), and this provides the foundation for how we view the world and ourselves.
This month in Today in the Word we’ll look at characters in Genesis and hope to gain greater insight into how we should live in the world today.
We must be struck first of all with God’s majesty revealed through His creative power. Many ancient mythologies describe the world arising through conflict between many gods. Here we see one God who speaks, and worlds take form. God’s word subdues all darkness and emptiness (v. 2). He conquers all, and the orderly procession of creation from light to land, from plants to people testifies to His majesty and power.
In addition to His majesty God shows His love, as He prepared this procession not only for Himself but also for Adam and Eve. God cares for creation in general, but made His relationship with humanity special (1:27).
This opening chapter shows us that in sharing in God’s image, Adam and Eve were meant for a creative and vibrant union, one that helped make creation “very good.” Only as male and female together can humanity reflect Trinitarian reality, both in their union (“God created man”) and in their distinctiveness (“male and female he created them”). As God rested, so could Adam and Eve. Harmony reigned as humanity formed the bridge between God and creation.
Apply the Word
We can never understand our true purpose on earth without seeing first God’s goodness in making a world for His children. As we begin a new year, ask the Lord to give you fresh eyes to see His goodness and your purpose in this world. The Lord who created you also delights in your life!