Lent – Day 2: Thursday, 18 February

Lent – Day 2: Thursday, 18 February

Genesis 1:26-28

26 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.’

27 So God created mankind in his own image,

    in the image of God he created them;

    male and female he created them.

28 God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.’

God has created the earth. A brief mention was made of the rest of the cosmos in verse 16: he also made the stars. That must be the greatest throwaway line ever! God is presented as plural. Is this the ‘royal we’? The plural word in Hebrew is used in various places in the Old Testament. Verse 27 reverts to the singular.

We are made in the image of God – for those who study evolution there is a compelling argument that we have become what we are because that’s how we developed and changed (evolved) in order to survive. We came up out of the water, dropped our fins, stood up in order to gain height and free our front limbs to be more useful, etc. (that’s my understanding of evolution – I’m no expert). Did the first amino acids and the most primitive bacteria (I’m no biology expert, either) also contain something of the stamp of God if we evolved from them, or are we separate from that?

It’s clear that God has plans for mankind over other living forms.

Did I really come up out of the water?

Are we living in God’s plan to subdue the earth?

What was God’s purpose in creating the earth?

What’s the purpose of the stars?

Is God singular or plural?

Father God, you made the world we know, and you declared it to be good. I stand in awe of the stars on a clear night, and with the Psalmist I consider your creation and wonder what I am, standing a little lower than the angels, and that you should care for me. Amen.

(Psalm 8)