Let us make man in our image | Genesis 1:26-31
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.” Genesis 1:26-31 | ESV
“Let us make man in our image.” Us. Our. Some see it as a simple case of a “majestic ‘we.’” Royal types often speak in the plural when issuing decrees, and so it’s thought to be here with the ultimate Royal Figure. But hidden here and tucked away in other places are, I believe, clues into what in Christian circles we have tried to quantify as “Trinity.” And while many scoff at the notion of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, or deride it as nothing more than a re-varnished pagan concept, something deeper rests here. If, in fact, at the center of all reality is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, then at the center of all reality is connection, relationship, intimacy. Strict monotheists tend to be, well, strict. But if Trinity is truth, then we can truly say that God is love. God was not lonely and looking for love when he created us male and female. He was simply creating in the image of what is at the heart of the universe: shared love and relationship. Humanity wasn’t created out of a deep divine love hunger, from a void of love, but from a desire to multiply the circles of his experienced love in ever increasing ripples of creative expression. I like to point out that this is why we do small groups, really. Small groups aren’t a church growth technique, though in our shortsightedness we can try to utilize them that way. We are drawn to face-to-face interaction on some level, to some degree, for the simple reason that our Creator embodies community, connection and love. And seeing this truth, what might this say about the real significance of our charge to “rule” creation? What would such a “rule” look like?
If “God is love,” what are the practical implications of being created in his image? How is this image being reflected in your life and experience?
Lord, empower me to embrace my identity as a divine image bearer. Let me subdue creation with acts of love and rule it with selfless sacrifice. Let your love flow out through me in ever widening circles of creative expression. Through Jesus.
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