Adam - In the Beginning

Gen. 1:26   Elohim said, “Let us make man in our image. . .”  

God said — Nine times it is recorded in these first few days of creation that God spoke; His spoken Word going forth giving existence to flowers, trees and grasses and animals of all kinds. They had pre-existed in the mind and heart of Him but now, through His spoken Word, they were brought into reality . . . and there was life where moments before there had been none. 

Now, after giving existence and life to an entire universe and after carefully crafting a beautiful garden, He speaks His intention to bring forth one who would bear His own image. And as if there could be some misunderstanding He emphasizes His intent by repeating, “in our image, after our likeness.” 

Adam. Of all the creatures, all the plants, of everything that existed, it was given to Adam to bear the very likeness of God, Himself. All the creatures and plants and incredible beauty of the universe was spoken into existence by the mighty Word of God. But now we see His loving touch as He tenderly stoops down to form Adam of dust from the ground.  (Gen. 2:6) 

With His own image and likeness before Him, God bent over and breathed life into the dust. Adam became alive. He began breathing fresh new air. He became aware of himself, of his life. The first man opened his eyes to gaze into the face of Elohim—love’s pure light. This was Adam’s first sight, these were his first breaths. New life, pure innocence, a child beholding His Creator.

It is so easy for me to forget who I am; to think of myself much lower than what God has created me as, an image bearer. And all those others around me are also image-bearers of God. 

Rom. 1:20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.