IF:Equip Genesis 1:24-31
Read Genesis 1:24-31. Video commentary found here
If this is true then:
What does this say about God?
Wow! There is so much in these verses. This section of the creation narrative speaks of God creating beast livestock and humanity. The whole first chapter of Genesis has this feeling of a grandparent sitting down with a grandchild who has just asked "how did we get here Papa?" This is the story passed down from generation to generation and here, in the sixth day we hear of the animals and of humanity. The part that stands out to me the most is "so God created man in his own image. in the image of god he created them. Male and female he created them." Not just males, but females are created in the image of God. God sees a reflection of God's self in every female and male! What exactly is that image? I think it has to do with out creative capabilities and our relational capabilities. Humanity has amazing creative potential and uses it constantly. Unfortunately we don't always create things that are "good"
What does this say about you?
That I too am made in God's image. That may not sound like much, but for someone who grew up in a world that continues to put the female form to shame, victimizing women over and over again, it means so much to hear that something of God can be found in me as well. As a mother of two little girls this message is important for me to share with them. As a mother of a little boy, this message is especially important so that he might grow up to see that God loves all of humanity and does not favor one over the other.
What does this say about the world?
The world is God's and the fullness there of. Every aspect has a tie, a link to God and so in all that we see, do, hear in everything the spirit of God dwells. This leads to s whole new way to see the world, as a representation of the Father, we have stewardship over it, not to use and use and use but to guard and care for, to protect and love.