My selection: Genesis 1:27-28 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.'”
These three chapters set the context not only for the rest of the Bible but for all of human history. Volumes have been written about these brief passages but I must pause at verses 27-28 of chapter one to reflect on who man is, what he is, and why he exists.
1. Man was created (therefore, not self existent, not self sufficient, not a random result of time and chance). 2. Man was created in God’s image (therefore not a mere animal, not worthless). 3. Man was created male and female (therefore not asexual, homosexual, nor bisexual). 4. Man was blessed and commissioned by God to multiply and to have dominion over the earth (therefore, not purposeless, not useless, not solitary).
How many of the current problems facing our society stem from our losing sight of one or more of these foundational claims of the Bible?
We cannot instantly solve all of these ills but I challenge you to start this New Year with thanks and praise to God for His good and hospitable creation, corrupted though it became and continues by man’s sin. Praise Him for His coming kingdom in which all the good of original creation and more will be established forever.
Tomorrow’s reading: Genesis 4:1-5:32 Click reference to open.