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Misplaced Instructions: Day 2

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the livestock and over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground. 
Gen. 1:26
So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.                              
Genesis 1:27

Like most words in most languages, the Hebrew word for man has more than one meaning. In this passage, as is plain from the context, it means “mankind.” In a nutshell, mankind—male and female—did not evolve, they were created. They were uniquely created in the image of God, by God.

Since God is a Spirit, this image is not a physical resemblance. Mankind shares, although imperfectly, attributes like self-consciousness, personality and reasoning ability that allows him to understand the mind of God Himself. Again, all mankind—male and female—were created in the image of God. Whatever abuse or inequality that followed in the subsequent millennia, God created men and women as equal. If you believe the Bible, this is foundational truth.   

A second truth is that we were destined for dominion. Even before we were created, we were given a position and a job to do. Just like royal princes and princesses, mankind as a whole was heir-apparent to a kingdom and a title determined before their birth. This was God’s original intention and plan for us. 

Nancy Shirah

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