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Today we continue to look at Genesis Chapter 1 where God reveals key things about Himself and His creation, including us!  Let’s jump back into day 6 where God creates mankind.

In Genesis 1:26 God says, “Let Us.”  Once again we see the plural name Elohim for a singular God.  In addition, we see God is speaking within the Godhead Itself.  “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.  Let them have dominion.”  Let mankind have authority, not to oppress, but to steward all of creation – the fish, reptiles, birds, and animals.

Then in Genesis 1:27 we read, “In the image of God He created him, male and female He created them.”  And a little later in Genesis 2:7 it says, “And the Lord God formed man out of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being.”

The Creator defines the created.  We are made in God’s image.  He gets to name us and define us.  God thought up and created two sexes, male and female.

Genesis 1:28, “Then God blessed them.”  A blessing is words of favor, joy, and peace spoken to and over someone.  Aren’t you grateful this is God’s posture towards us!

In verse 29 God gives mankind every plant for food.  And in verse 30 He says the same thing to the animals, birds, and reptiles.  God didn’t say, “I give you cattle to eat.”  In this initial time in creation God says to man as well as animals, “You get to eat plants.”

There is no death amongst humans or animals at this point.  Therefore, there is no shedding of blood.  It is not until sin enters the world that we have the shedding of blood.  This is significant and prophetic.  In a world without sin there was no death and blood sacrifice.

As we wrap up Chapter 1 and the first six days of creation, God declares, “It is very good.”  Notice once mankind is created, God says it is very good.  We are God’s image bearers.

Then on the 7th day God finished His work which He had done.  God blessed the 7th day and sanctified it.  (He set it apart.)

Today I want you to pause and rest in the truth that you were and are created in God’s image.  When you were born again you were re-created in His image.  This week take time to ask the Father to show you anything in you emotionally that resists the truth that you are God’s image bearer.

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Bob Swank

About 15 years ago our heavenly Father began encouraging me in my role as His son and out of that in my role as a father, both biologically and spiritually. Through multiple encounters on my journey God has revealed His heart as my Father and affirmed my sonship in Him. Out of this has come His call to fully embrace who He has created me to be as a father and to share that with others.

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