27 September 2017

"God created humankind in his image." (v. 27)

Psalm: Psalm 90



Today's passage continues where yesterday's left off, completing the first account of the origins of everything. The refrain "and God saw that it was good" (Genesis 1:18, 21, 25) comes to a climax in verse 31 when God acknowledges that "it was very good". God clearly put a lot of God's own self into the work. But then God decided to make humankind in "his [own] image" and likeness. Could it be that, having made everything and seen that it was good, God wanted to create a being that could share God's own enjoyment? Oh yes, and also help to take care of it?

The idea of creation is not static. It is subject to change; plants and animals will grow, but as time passes the pristine orderliness will degrade; it needs to be tended. Pruning, weeding, mowing are in prospect, not to mention forestry, conservation and animal husbandry; shared enjoyment implies shared responsibility and shared work. Could this be part of what Genesis means by 'in our own image'-sharing in the tending, and perhaps in the planned development of that pristine environment?

To Ponder

  • Is humanity fit for purpose? Why?
  • How far do you see yourself as a steward of creation? How does that noble ideal 'cash-out' in your everyday life?

Bible notes author: 
 The Revd Dr John Ogden


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