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January 1 - Evening

"Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image,
 in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish
in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the
livestock and all the wild animals, and over
all the creatures that move along the ground.”

- Genesis 1:26

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The Creation of Man    

God planned the creation of man and said,

“Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule.” Genesis 1:2

The word for image in Hebrew is tselem  and the word for likeness is demuth. These two words are basically synonyms in the Old Testament (5:1; 9:6). Tselem refers to a shaped or fashioned figure or image. Some people have tried to interpret this word as referring the physical aspect of man. Demuth describes the abstract idea of something being similar to something else. This word has been used to try to identify the immaterial part of man. The combination of these two words is an attempt to communicate the complex nature of reproducing a replica of the eternal God in the created world. The focus of this verse is to introduce man as a unique creation made to be like God so as to be able to relate to God and interact with God in a very personal way. Human dignity comes from this very idea.

The image of God in man means several things:

  1. Man’s body is used to express the image and likeness of God that is in man.
    Man does not simply live in a body – the body is part of the man and will be
    resurrected as an eternal, spiritual body because man continues to exist for
  2. Living existence is part of man’s essential being. Since God is living, so is man.
    Worship of stone and gold as an idol is therefore absurd.
  3. The free will of man is like God’s free will in that man can use his intelligence and
    his ability to make decisions to control the outcome of the world of which he was
    given dominion.
  4. Since the original man was like God, he could relate to, interact with, understand,
    and be at peace with God himself.

Sin did not erase, destroy or eliminate the image and likeness of God in man (1 Cor. 11:7). Sin did not undo the creation of man. The image of God in man was corrupted in a limited fashion which caused him to lose perfect relations, interaction, understanding and peace with God. Even after the fall of Adam, man continued to be an intelligent being with freewill that could interact with the physical world through his body and have dominion in God’s creation. Man could still interact with God, but all of these aspects of man had been damaged.

Man was an instantaneous creation of God himself. Evolution is a false philosophical theory that will continue to be undermined by difficult and impossible scientific facts as technology and knowledge continue to advance. Scripture does not support evolution in the context of the biblical creation account. The Bible does not allow for man to evolve from the animals. It is very clear that Eve did not evolve since she was a second human creation of God. We can test the meaning of “dust” from Genesis 2:7 when it says “the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the earth.” Could this possibly be an allegorical reference to man’s evolving from an animal? The meaning of dust in the mind of the author is not allegorical, since in Genesis 3:19 Adam is told that when he die he will “return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” If dust were an allegorical reference to evolution from animals then men should be turning back into animals when they die. The very fact that men return to dust when they die is an unavoidable indicator that the early verses of Genesis are literal and not allegorical.

  Christian Quote from Church History
"There is nothing unscriptural in planning, although to hear some people talk today one would think there is. I fear
that some are in danger
of subscribing to a new
form of 'the god of the gaps,' so that the Holy Spirit is only at work in the spontaneous and immediate.
- Melvin Tinker
Something to Ponder??

Six biblical reasons may be given as to why the apostolic office is not for today:

1. The church was founded upon the apostles (Eph. 2:20)… Their role was to give grounding, support, direction – to provide the underpinning for a fledgling church. They were the church’s founders. That role was fulfilled by them and by definition can never be repeated.

2.  Apostles were eyewitnesses to the resurrection (1 Cor. 9:1)… There is no trustworthy evidence that (Jesus) has appeared to anyone since the close of the apostolic era.

3. Apostles were chosen personally by Jesus Christ (Mt. 10:1-4).

4. Apostles were authenticated by miraculous signs (Ac. 3:3-11; 5:15-16; 9:36-42; 20:6-12; 28:1-6)… No such miracles were ever performed – even in the apostolic era – by anyone other than the apostles and those commissioned by them.

5. Apostles had absolute authority (Jude 17)… When the apostles spoke, there was no discussion.

6. Apostles have an eternal and unique place of honor (Rev. 21:14).

- John MacArthur

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information
Sarx (Gr) - Flesh (Eng) - sarx is a Greek word for "flesh." Sarx is used by Paul to refer to
three areas of the human experience:
  • 37x to refer to the physical body of man (Rom. 2:28)
  • 24 times to identify things that are human (Rom. 3:20)
  • 27 times to refer to the evil human nature that is in mankind (Rom. 7:5)

In Romans 7:5 sarx is combined with the Greek word pathema which is a word for
emotions, impulses and the feelings of the human soul. In secular Greek pathema was
a negative reference to “passions.” Sarx then is the seat of the selfish perverse rebellion
in our human nature that sides with the kosmos against God. Sarx is translated as
“the flesh” or “the sin nature.” Theologically we are born with the sarx and we
do not lay it down until we die.


It is interesting that even though mankind is considered an animal, there is a distinct difference in the fact that mankind has been conscious of a divine presence since the dawn of time. Animals show no ability to seek, honor, recognize or acknowledge the existence of a God, yet man shows that he was created with a natural understanding and desire to seek, honor, please, worship and receive strength from a higher power. Dogs don’t seek or believe in a super-dog, but men have always, and in every culture sought a super-being who was like they were, but infinite. In today’s Western world educators at higher levels are trying to intellectualize themselves and their students out of this consciousness of God and instead train men to think like animals.

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I see other people as possessing the image of God?
Or, do I see other people as fallen sinners?
I will realize that all men have been marred by sin and are in need of redemption,
yet these same men retain and reflect the image of God they were given at creation.
  "My son, if sinners entice you, do not give in to them."
- Proverbs 1:10
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Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC
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