S1: In His Image and Likeness

S1: In His Image and Likeness

When you’re alone for too long, don’t you get lonely for company and wish for someone to be with you, someone who loves you, someone who is just like you? Can you imagine God, for all His Eternal Greatness, being lonely like this, wishing for a people to love and who love Him and will dwell with Him, and be One with Him for all eternity?

There are many, many accounts of God and His dealings with man. In this post, I will relate the story of God’s Love for Man, of a God who so desired to be One with a People of His Own kind and whom He then set out to make.

This is also a small account of what Genesis describes as the Creation. I hope it will show you that the Biblical account of Creation is the Real Deal.

Genesis 1 shows that God created a beautiful and perfect creation – the earth – and then created each of the animals, and then Man.

Adam And Eve By Wenzel Peter

“Adam and Eve in the Earth paradise” by Wenzel Peter XIX century. Held in Vatican museums.

The Bible starts giving a list of creatures, and after the description of the creatures, the words ‘according to their kind’ were written again and again. To me, this is a significant choice and arrangement of words:

Genesis 1:21,  … great sea creatures and every living animal that moves… according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind…

v 24 … Let the earth bring forth living animals according to their kind, cattle and creeping things and animals of the earth according to their kind …

v 25  And God made the animals of the earth according to their kind and the cattle according to their kind and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind, …

The phrase is said SEVEN times. Not only once, not twice. SEVEN TIMES. Doesn’t this sound like the Lord wanted to make sure we didn’t miss its significance? ‘According to its kind’ means that each species were designed unique and couldn’t have sprung out of another species. Even if there were similar features like four legs, two legs, two eyes, one nose, that sort of thing, each family of animal are a separate classification of creature from the rest.

I believe there are two reasons why those words are there seven times.

One is to stress the truth of Creation (that each species is made uniquely, although may have similarities in structure to other creatures.)

Second reason is to stress the singular, distinctive and extraordinary difference in the way Man was made, because on the sixth day . . .

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Genesis 1:26 And God said Let Us make man in our image, according to Our likeness; and let them have dominion …

v 27 And God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

v 28 … fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion …

While God created the other animals according to their kind, God created Man according to God’s likeness and His own image. We were not fashioned according to any other animal’s kind, we were not designed according to the image of an ape, a salamander, or a frog. We were not even made according to MAN-KIND. We were made according the likeness of God, in God’s image —  according to God kind.

And the word ‘human race?’  Originally, there was no such thing in the great Plan of God. This is supported by a verse in the book of Acts:

Acts 17:28  For in Him we live and move and are… For we are also His race.  v 29 Being then the race of God, we ought not to suppose that what is divine is like gold or silver or stone, like an engraving of art and thought of man.

We are the race of God, with a perfect world built specially for us.

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