Bible Devotional: Genesis and the Image of God
October 19, 2020 - January 1, 2030
Made in the Image of God
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.”
Reading the Bible Devotional
Now read the text again, maybe even a couple of times. Ask yourself “What does this mean? What does this say about who God is? Who am I according to this passage?”
After this, have a conversation with God about your thoughts (a.k.a. prayer).
Congratulations! You have now done a Bible devotional, but let us go a little deeper.
Going Deeper into the Image of God
The word in, in English, can denote different things as can the Hebrew word for in which is the letter beth. (For a dictionary definition check here.)
The apple is in the bag. (Describes location.)
I wrote the note in pen. (Describes what tool was used.)
The window broke in pieces. (Describes result)
I am in education. (Describes function.)
- A being made in the image of God is an example of the functional usage of the word.
A teacher is in education, regardless of whether they are a good or a bad teacher. The same can be said about humans being made in the image of God. Humans can image God either poorly or well but they are not more or less an image of God.
Now read the text again and see if anything new comes to mind. With this new meaning of being made in the image of God, what does this say about who God is? How does this affect how you live your life?
Take some time to pray and meditate on the passage of scripture, but also on what the image of God means as a function.
Here at Marine Reach, we have a training program where the Bible is read and studied with the primary goal of discipleship. During this program called the Discipleship Bible School (DBS), we look at the whole Bible. If you have questions or want to learn more about the DBS, there is more information on our DBS page.
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