CHRISTIAN EVIDENCES

Psalm 14:1 "The fool has said in his heart, there is no God"

All articles are written in the NKJV, unless otherwise noted! All articles are written by David Hicks, unless specified otherwise.

THE CREATION

DAY SIX - PART TWO:

 

Malachi 2:10 "Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously with one another By profaning the covenant of the fathers?"

 

Acts 17:28 "for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.'"

 

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man's all.
14 For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil."

 

Sixth Creative Day:

As we continue to look into this, the last day of God's creative work; we come to the final creation of God - man! The Biblical importance of the creation of man is indicated by the uniqueness of its introduction, and then the provisions for the newly created monarch is made.

Man is created by the plurality of God to be in His image; the only one of God's creation with the power to discern between right and wrong, good and evil, and to have dominion over the rest of creation.

Psalm 8:4-6 "What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?

5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor.
6 You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet"

 

Text:

Genesis 1:26-31 "Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
29 And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. 30 Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. 31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day."

 

Then God said, Let Us: This is the term 'Elohim' we were introduced to in Vs. 1, on day one. This is that term used over 2000 times in scripture, with reference to God as the Supreme Being in a plural sense. Again it is best described as an expression of the fullness of His Divine nature, and the multiplicity of the Divine powers. This term is always to be considered in the 'unity-plural' sense; that is plural in form, singular in meaning.

Just as there can be no doubt that all of the God Head were part of the creation, likewise all of the God Head were part of the creation of man.

 

Man: This is from the Hebrew, 'Adamah' - which means 'ground' or 'as being of the earth'. This term is used some 460 times in scripture and also implies a secondary meaning of 'red' or 'ruddy' (as in 'Adam'). As part of the word ' dam ', means 'likeness' and indicates that although formed of the earth, we maintain the likeness of our Creator.

It should not surprise us that we were formed from the very provision created for us! However, to set us apart from the rest of the animate creation, we maintain the likeness of the Maker.

 

Our Image - Our Likeness: Best described by the Hebrew, 'Tslelem Adamah', 'Tslelem Damah', or 'Tslelem Damuth'; which describes the shadow likeness brought forth from the formed of the earth.

1. Image - Hebrew 'Tslelem'; of the body as a shadow of God in beauty, intelligence, and erect stature.

2. Likeness - Hebrew 'Damuth'; the resemblance of the soul in intellectual and moral nature.

All describing:

The spirituality of our being; intelligence and free agency.

Internal conscience for morality.

Dominion or rule over creation - to be described in mandates.

Attributes not found in the outward or animal nature, but inwardly that makes our nature so unique among creation.

That man is something higher than a creature.

That we are all sons of God - Malachi 2:10; Acts 17:28.

The ability to resemble our Creator - Leviticus 11:44; 19:2; 20:7.

1 Peter 1:16 "because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”

 

Have Dominion: The relationship of man to the rest of creation is now established as one of rule or supremacy - Psalms 8:4-6; Hebrews 2:5-9.

 

Female: Sexual distinction is given to man to show that both are created in the image and likeness of Elohim. Additional importance is revealed in the second chapter of Genesis, as we will look back into day six for this information. However, it is important to note that the first mandates or commission given to man could only be accomplished as man and woman (not any other variation), thus the two variations becoming one, after the nature of Elohim.

 

The Commission:

  1. Be fruitful and multiply. The charge to procreate! Any sexual practice engaged in that could not fulfill this purpose, was to God a perversion.
  2. Fill the Earth. To spread out and inhabit the entire home of man.
  3. Subdue it. To bring to bear the resources so that they work for us.
  4. Have Domain. Not to worship the created!!!

 

Provision: The final portion of chapter one is dedicated to the provision of God for man's continued well being as well as the whole of creation. Here the whole of creation is supported by plant life.

It is unknown by the language used to determine if this is referring to the chain process, which I believe it is. As herbivores fed on plants and carnivores fed on herbivores, thus all actually being supported by the vegetation. This is why it was so important that all of the created animate had the ability to reproduce in full at creation.

However, since it is unknown, I would not stand on this to argue the point. We do know that those who called on the name of the Lord (men), did not eat meat until after the Great Flood (Genesis 9). We will talk more of the nature outside the Garden and inside the Garden in Chapter Two.

 

It Was Very Good: God examined and judged, investigated creations nature, tested its properties, contemplated it purpose, admired its excellence in correspondence to the Divine plan, and now that the special creature has been added, He pronounced it in a more emphatic "VERY GOOD!"

 

Summary: Man has been created as the visual embodiment of the Supreme Creator to all surrounding creatures. Higher and greater purpose, to rule and have dominion over the rest of creation. To seek and please the Creator by choice, and to bring glory to His matchless name.

 

Psalm 115:16 "The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD's; But the earth He has given to the children of men."

 

Acts 14:15 "and saying, “Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men with the same nature as you, and preach to you that you should turn from these useless things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all things that are in them"