The Beginning of Man

Genesis 1:2 …and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.  KJV

He’s baaaack! After the initial creation, it’s ultimate decay and destruction, having lost 1/3 of his host of angels, God come back to Earth to make it new.

God then proceeds to create day and night; water and firmament; dry land with grass, herbs and trees; days, seasons and years; and finally the sun and stars. These are the first four days which was beautifully described by Alexander MacLaren as follows:

“The work of the first four days is the preparation of the dwelling place for the living creatures.” (MaClaren. 3)

On the fifth and sixth days God created water and air creatures; beasts of the earth and … Mankind. This was the sixth day, the last day of labor. He spent the first five preparing a beautiful place for Mankind and then brought him to live by breathing His Spirit into him.

Genesis 1:26 it says “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” We’ve heard these words many times but what does it really mean? The word ‘man’ in this verse is the Hebrew word adam and refers to mankind. The translation of this single Hebrew word may have cause many negative feelings and misunderstandings about the roles of men and women but I will talk about in another post.

The meaning of “in our image’ is profound. In Hebrew the word is tselem which means a representative figure of something. The Hebrew word for “likeness” is d’muwth which means ‘pattern’. Could this possibly mean we were made like God? Body, Soul and Spirit? The concept is simply staggering and nothing like traditional religion has taught us.

We learn more in Psalms 8:4-8

“What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angles, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: all sheep and oxen, yea, and he beasts of the field; the fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

This explains that God made man different than any of his other creations. He specifically made a creature, like Himself that He could ‘visit’ and to have a relationship. We were created to be able to withstand the power of God’s Glory. We were made like Him, like Jesus in order to fulfill our destiny. There is no other creation like the human being. None. And we were designed to be powerful, to subdue and control the Earth.

  • MaClaren, DDS, Litt D, Alexander. Expositions of the Holy Scriptures: Genesis. Hodden & Stoughton (no publication date listed
  • Holy Bible; King James version, Cambridge University Press 1996

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