Mankind – Genesis 1

Then God said,
“Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.
And let them have dominion…”

Creation has so many twists and turns, and there is a part of me that would like to inspect each nuance, but we would be here for eternity! In fact, I bet that part of what we will be fascinated with…for all eternity. 

But if I’m just hitting some high points, it’s got to be the creation of mankind. After all, the Bible is the story of God’s relationship with mankind. So we have to look at mankind’s beginning…

“Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness.”

Much has been written about what this means, but with my limited intelligence, it seems simple to me. Mankind has a sense of God, of spirituality, that none of the rest of creation conceives. Mankind asks the questions, “Is that all there is?” and “Is there more beyond me?”

They long for a connection with their creator.

Some have argued that we don’t know if animals or plants want connection with God. They have a dependency on what God provides, but they don’t seem to be looking for relationship, unless we project our own emotions onto them.

And because man has spirituality within him, God gave him purpose, to have dominion over all the earth God just created. Now, we might debate if this was a good or bad decision but remember this was before sin. I’m sure God, creating man in his own image, had hoped that he would have continued in his image, with holy, responsible dominion over the earth.

God created mankind with a purpose, with a power, that the rest of the earth does not have…

Which is still true today.