Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
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.”
Make (asah) – What mankind shares in common with all creation. To be created at all; yet, still with a purpose.
Create (bara) – Created with a purpose accompanied by a conscious thought pattern with the ability to choose one’s own way.
Image – relatable to the actual physical properties we have been given. Our physical being is made after the image of God.
Likeness – those aspects of our being that exceed the physical. The ‘Spirit’ is the God-breathed essence of God that the rest of creation does not share. His likeness is woven into our DNA.
He created our very being and then gave us a significant, ongoing purpose. To bear fruit. To multiply. To literally fill the earth and to rule over all of His created works. He made and created us in His Image after His likeness for the purpose of His choosing, ruling His kingdom, earth, according to His will. Within this alone do we find true value in ‘who we are’. Our value as living, thinking, acting, human beings is found solely in God’s decision to create us in His image for His purpose. He did not need us, He wanted us. He longed for us to share in the glorious relationship in which He has existed eternally: the unfathomable love shared within the Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Spirit.
The implications are huge. The resulting responsibility is profound. His grace is enough.
Thanks be to God.