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April 4, 2016

Monday

 

Genesis 1:27

 

So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

 

 

LESSON

 

God’s deliberation shows that he has decided to create man differently from any of the other creatures in his image and likeness. God and man share a likeness that is not shared by other creatures. This apparently means that a relationship of close fellowship can exist between God and man that is unlike the relationship of God with the rest of his creation. What more important fact about God and man would be necessary if the covenant at Sinai were, in fact, to be a real relationship? Remove this and the covenant is unthinkable.

Man, the image bearer, is the object of God’s blessing. According to the account of creation in Gen 1, the chief purpose of God in creating man is to bless him. People are to rule over all that God has made as God would: wisely and prudently.

The image is found in the type of relationship that was designed to exist between male and female human beings, a relationship where the characteristics of each sex are valued and used to form a oneness in their identity and purpose. When God created human beings as male and female he formed them to exhibit a oneness in their relationship that would resemble the relationship of God and his heavenly court.

 

Memory Verse: 1 Timothy 2:9

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