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Origins: The Design for Humanity: Essence, Purpose, Context | Genesis 1:26--2:14
Use this review as a means for digging deeper into these verses and growing in your understanding of God’s Word this week. Here’s a few tips:
Begin by reading Genesis 1:26--2:14.
The sixth day of creation is the grand finale. It’s the pinnacle of the creation account because, after creating the universe, the earth, vegetation, and animals, God creates something very different: human beings, made in his image.
Verses 26-27 tell us that we are created in the image of God. This is the very essence of who we really are.
In your own words, describe what it means to be created in God’s image. How does this truth make you feel?
Verses 26 and 28 show us that the purpose for humanity is to multiply and fill the earth with God’s image and have dominion over it. We will look at this mandate in more detail next week, but for now, how do you see humanity failing at this? When do you see humanity doing this well?
Verses 28a, 29, and 2:8-14 show us that God blessed humans with a thriving creation. He set us up for success. What characteristics of God do you see on display in these verses? What does this tell you about God’s relation to mankind?
Think about the truth of the gospel: that the image of God in you is broken because of your sin, and left to yourself, unrepairable. But, thank God for sending Jesus into his creation to perfectly image God the Father and to redeem and repair the image of God in you. “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
For further study: read Psalm 8, Colossians 1:15, and Romans 8:29.