Genesis 1:24-31

September 27, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Posted in Bible Study | Leave a comment
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Today, we are going to take a look at the last day of Creation:

Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind”; and it was so. God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let Us make man in our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; and to every best of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so. God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

Up to this point, we’ve seen God create everything in the universe out of nothing just by speaking. We’ve seen the earth, the heavens, the water, and the land all come into being. We then saw God begin to fill these different parts of the creation. First, it was the vegetation on the land. Then, it was the birds filling the skies and the aquatic creatures (including “great sea monsters”!) filling the seas. Now, we have reached the point where God fills the land. He does so with cattle, creeping things, and beasts of the earth. Here again, we see the phrase “after their kind” and see that each baramin (created kind) was made separately and didn’t evolve from something else. After God finished filling the land with animals, He takes a look at His creation and sees that it is good.

After this, He comes to the culmination of His creation – man. In verse 26, we see God say “Let Us make man in Our image”. Some would argue that this is a strong example of the Trinity being involved in the Creation. I don’t necessarily disagree with this, but it must be understood that this could also be an instance of what is called the “royal we”. This is the term used for when a king or ruler speaks of themselves in third person. In the opening chapters of Genesis, this is how God is portrayed. Personally, I believe that it still is evidence of the Trinity (along with the first three verses of Chapter 1), but I wouldn’t use it to argue for the Trinity. There are many other even clearer verses that show evidence for the Trinity.

When God creates man (which we’ll look at indepth in Chapter 2), He does so in the image and likeness of God. It is important that we understand what this means, especially in this day and time.

image (Strong’s number H6754) – selem – image (usually referring to an object of worship), idol; phantom, fantasy, shadowy thing;

likeness (Strong’s number H1832) – demut – likeness, figure, image, form;

The definitions of the Hebrew words point to man being made as a shadow of God, a creature that resembles God but is not God. He was made not like the other animals, but as a separate creation through a separate act (this means that he couldn’t have evolved from them either!). All of mankind has been created in God’s image. This God is the God of the Bible and no other. Because man is created as a shadow or resemblance of God, it should be obvious that he would share some of His characteristics. Like God man communicates, loves, judges, creates, and many other things. Unlike God, man is not all-powerful (omnipotent), all-knowing (omniscient), ever present (omnipresent), or self-sufficient. One of the many reasons that this is important is because man, as a created being, has the ability to forget that he is the created and not the Creator. Today, there are many that “preach” (falsely) that man has many more attributes of God than he really does. There are many who talk about man having the “ability” to “speak things into existence”, thereby creating things or causing things to happen that may have never otherwise have happened. If this were the case, imagine the calamity. Not only that, but where would that place the sovereignty of God? How could God be sovereign if all of His created men and women were speaking the things that they wanted into existence? What would happen to faith? No, man cannot speak things into existence.

The difference between man and the rest of the Creation is also seen in the commands given to him after his creation. Like all other living things, man is told to “be fruitful and multiply”; but, unlike the other created things, man is told to rule over the rest of creation and to have dominion over it. It is also important to notice that when man is created, both male and female are created in God’s image. One is not lesser or greater than the other! Along with that though, it is important to notice that they are different. We’ll look at this more closely when we get to Chapter 2.

God then proceeds to tell man about what He has given him to eat. God has given man “every plant yielding seed” and “every tree which has fruit yielding seed” for food. Some would use this to argue that man should be vegetarian. Of course, they would have this wrong and be taking one scripture out of the context of all of the others that say just what man can eat now. Not only was man given the plants and fruit to eat, but so was every beast of the earth, every bird of the sky, and every thing that moves upon the earth.

As we near the end of the sixth day of Creation, we see God looking over His Creation and calling it “very good”. Everything had been made perfectly by God. Many people gloss over this but it is something to think about. At the end of the Creation of all things, God calls His creation good. This includes His angels, and more specifically, Lucifer. As of the sixth day of Creation, we see that even Lucifer is still good and has yet to rebel against God. This is another point that refutes those who would place death and sin before Adam and Eve. It refutes the “Lucifer’s Flood” idea of the gap theory as well as theistic evolution and progressive creationism; both of which say that God used evolution over millions of years before man. This is the wonderful thing about all of Scripture. If you start with it and look at the world through it, you will see more of God revealed and many things that seem confusing at first will become clear (but not everything!). As with the other days of the Creation, day six ends with the familiar words “and there was evening and there was morning”, once again showing that the sixth day of Creation was like the previous five days and lasted only 24 hours in length.

That ends our look at the sixth day of Creation and leads us into Chapter 2. Hopefully, you’ll be here with us next week as we look at some of the details of Creation! If you are enjoying this Bible study, or if you have any questions, comments, or even complaints; please let us know so that we can strive to do better!

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