SUBJ: The creation of man and the
fact that he became a living soul in the image of God and with the
demand that obedience and accountability before God be observed.
AIM: That we might know of the
sanctity of human life as it is made in the image of God and able to
commune with Him.
INTR: The creation story is one
that still arrests our attention and well it should in that it is most
profound in that the determination of God to reveal Himself to men in
the way of redemption is shown to be the aim.
1. We would again be
reminded of the fact that of God’s uncreated existence and the fact that
He brought this present universe out of nothing.
2. The days are
light, the firmament, the dry land with vegetation, the sun and moon,
fish and fowl, and then animal life.
3. The crowning of creation was
the creation of man and that in the image of God in order that He might
make revelation of Himself and His glory.
THESIS: While we think of the creation
of man, it was the perfect man that was ever in view as one who could
commune with God and behold His glory – this is ultimately realized in
Christ Jesus as the firstborn among many brethren.
creation of man (vv. 1:26-1:31)
1. Again, we come to the phrase “and
God said.” This time it is let us and man is the object of creation.
2. The Kingdom of man is established, and dominion is given and the
mandate that a proper exercise of that dominion be exercised.
was first created in a state of holiness derived from his creator but
was placed under a covenant of works (the typical thought is of only the
4. A gracious economy was established and the
ordering of it was committed unto them (v. 28)
5. Both men and
animals were to be herbivores (vv. 29-30)
6. The divine assessment
given – it was very good!
7. The evening and the morning were the
II. The seventh day (vv. 2:1-3)
1. The thought of
rest with God id not separated from completion and perfection. He had
declared it very good and now the work was ended.
1) Everything was
in place for a harmonious place of union and communion with God
There would come another most significant declaration of completion –
that was millennia away.
2. The sanctification of the seventh day
would remain significant down through the centuries in that it both
signified what God had perfected creation but would also after the fall
point to the ultimate completion in Christ Jesus our Lord. He is our
rest in that He has completed all for salvation.
3. Under the Old
Covenant the Sabbath looked to a specific day – In Christ we look to the
perfection that is in Him alone and we live forever more in that
perfection of His work.
4. God was not tired – He was finished.
Christ was entirely spent in the accomplishment of the final rest of
5. For us there is a practical side as well as a spiritual
in that six days of labor and one day of rest is the ideal that God
established, and He is the pattern for it.
III. The generations
of the heavens and the earth (vv. 2:4-2:9)
1. The generations are
simply the descent, or the order is which they came into being.
The idea of eons of time being needed for development is herein
countered in that the Lord created the plants fully grown – the earth
was not a prototype; it was the production model.
2) Otherwise there
would have been needed the means of producing growth. That plants and
their seeds were ready made.
3) The mist sustained them.
2. Now we
see in v. 7 how The Lord God created man:
1) The formation was out of
the dust of the ground
2) The conscious life was from the very breath
of God – man became a living soul!
3) Thus, we understand the
sanctity of human life and
4) And see then the danger of contempt
for human life: Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith
curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. James 3:9.
3. That man is in the image of God and the devil knows it is seen in the
fact that fallen man gravitated toward the worship of animals – God was
to be manifest in the flesh as a man and this is the image He chose.
4. The Garden of Eden Planted as the place of perfection, harmony, and
beauty. It would graciously yield unto the hand of man as he tended and
cared for it. (See v. 9).
5. A single prohibition was issue (v. 17)
6. The creation of Eve from Adam’s rib followed, and the perfect order
was established. (vv. 18-24)
1) Not good for him to be alone
Animals bought to Adam for naming – all had been formed out of the
3) But Even would be formed out of Adam.
7. We are given
an idea of things to come as we study and reflect on the first creation.