Week of January 20 - Day 1

Scripture to Memorize: Genesis 1:27

So God created man in his own image,
    in the image of God he created him;
    male and female he created them.

Day 1 Read: Genesis 1:26-31

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.”

27 So God created man in his own image,
    in the image of God he created him;
    male and female he created them.

28 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.” 29 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. 30 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.” And it was so. 31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

Reflect: How many times does God use the word “good” to describe His creation? What does that imply about His character and His creation?

Consider: The crown of God’s handiwork is human life. The narrative marks the prominence of this creative act in several ways: (1) the creation account shows an ascending order of significance with human life as the final, thus pinnacle, creative act; (2) of the creative acts, this is the only one preceded by divine deliberation (“Let us make” in v. 26); (3) this expression replaces the impersonal words spoken in the previous creation acts (e.g., “Let there be,” “Let the earth”); (4) human life alone is created in the “image” of God and has the special assignment to rule over the created order (vv. 26–28); (5) the verb bārāʾ occurs three times in v. 27; (6) the event is given a longer description than previous ones; (7) in v. 27 the chiastic arrangement highlights the emphasis on “image”; and (8) unlike the animals, who are said to have come from the land in v. 24 (though v. 25 makes clear that God created them), mankind is referred to only as a direct creation of God. 1

Respond: What might the blessing and responsibilities God gave man and woman tell us about His view of them? After making and blessing mankind, God indicates that this creation is “very good.” What is the significance of that phrase? How does it relate to being made in the image of God?


1 K. A. Mathews, Genesis 1-11:26, vol. 1A, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1996), 160.