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.”
So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
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.”
Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
The first chapter of the book of Genesis tells us the beginning of our story with God. And what a beginning it was! God created something out of nothing. He brought light to the dark. He made the heavens and the earth. He created sun and moon; sky and water; vegetation and animals. And then, after calling all he had made good, he made humanity out of the dust of the earth, forming the first man and woman with his hands. We weren’t made haphazardly, we were made on purpose, in the very image of God. And when God created human beings, he blessed us with abundance and called everything he’d made very good.
- Though this may be a familiar story—one you’ve read many times before—reflect on whether there is anything that you hadn’t noticed before or whether a particular image or phrase resonated more this time. What did you notice? What resonated? Why?
- After reading this passage, what do you know to be true of God? (List out what he did and what his actions reveal about him.) Why do you think it’s important to remember and recount creation as part of the story?
- What do you know to be true about every person in the world—your family members, your friends, your neighbors, the strangers you encounter, and your enemies—based on this passage? How does that truth shape the way you see and treat others?
God, thank you for the beautiful creation and that you crafted every human being carefully and in your own image. Allow the love that caused you to create this world and its people fill my heart and overflow into my relationships. Help me to see you in the eyes of each person I encounter. Amen.