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Genesis 1.24-28 – The place of mankind in Creation
Posted: 26 May 2011 in Genesis

And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And 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 fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth

I do not personally think that Genesis 1 can be read as a scientific or historical account of creation, but that most definitely does not mean that it is without theological importance. One thing it makes very clear is that God is the creator of all that is. In particular he is the creator of man. Another thing it makes clear is that, in spite of his common biological origin with other creatures, man has been set apart by God, and given a special commision. He is to have dominion over the earth and, in effect, be God’s vice-regent on earth. Nevertheless, he still lives under God’s authority, and he has a duty to serve and worship his Lord. That fact just makes it all the more deplorable when men, in the person of Adam, are not content with the exalted position bestowed upon them by God, but still want to usurp God’s authority, and become gods themselves.

It can hardly be said too often that we are here to serve God, and glorify him in all things. Insofar as man has been set apart from the rest of creation, it is so that we are the better able to perform that primary duty.

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