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Creation of Man
Scripture: Genesis 1:26-31; John 17:24; Matthew 11:...
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There is a fact clearly displayed throughout the scriptures concerning the creation of man; the divine councils centered on man had first taken place long before the beginning of time.

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Mike Nobis Speaker: Mike Nobis
Sunday School Teacher, Former Elder at Madison Park Christian Church. Mike is President of JK Creative Printers & Mailing in Quincy, IL. He is married to Pam and has three children, Tom, Tyler and Jennifer. Mike has three grandchildren: Ryne, Ivy and Alicia.

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Creation of Man

It is fascinating to read the account of how God created man. In fact, many scholars believe that Adam was the one who gives most of the information used to create the account found in Genesis 1. When we get into Genesis 2 we will see a greater accounting of what took place when man was created. Critics of the Genesis record try to use the two accounts of the creation of man to discredit the Bible or to suggest a scenario that there were two different creations of man. Genesis 1 represents the very first (ancient man) creation of man. Genesis 2 a later creation of man who were named Adam and Eve.

But, we will discover that Genesis 2 is just a more detailed accounting of how God created mankind. Genesis 1 and 2 are not in conflict with each other rather than Genesis 2 compliments Genesis 1 so we have all the need details on how and why God created us. It is on this account that man learns a lot about himself and the purpose for why man exists. More importantly, we learn how man is to relate to God and to other fellow human members.

Genesis 1:26-27 (NIV) Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

When God starts the task of creating man, the language changes. Up until this point God used a consistent pattern for creating. But when he come to create man, it changes. What is the change? God speaks as to it were, to Himself. Notice, that when He does this, He refers to Himself as in the plural form.

What is really fascinating, this will not be the only time God speaks or has a conversation with himself. There are several times in the OT when God speaks with Himself. Even within the NT there are examples.

John 17:24 (NIV) "Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

Matthew 11:25-27 (NIV) At that time Jesus said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure. "All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

I asked this question several times in this class; with whom is Jesus speaking to when He prays. The obvious answer is to Himself and it follows a long line of examples when these types of conversations takes place. We read these examples all throughout the account of Jesus but how many times have we asked what was the reaction of His disciples or others who heard Him like his mother when He would do this? It had to be strange to hear Jesus pray to God and yet portray that He and God were one. It was like Jesus was talking to Himself when talking to God. For some, this had to be alarming to witness this type of behavior.

There is a fact clearly displayed throughout the scriptures concerning the creation of man; the divine councils centered on man had first taken place long before the beginning of time. In fact, we discover that the Lamb that was to be slain was also determined before the beginning of time as well as the names of the redeemed whose names are written in the book of life. Even those who were called to be saved also were determined before the beginning of time.

Peter 1:18-20 (NIV) For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.

2 Timothy 1:8-9 (NIV) So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life--not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,

From this account, how is man’s creation similar to that of the animals also created on the same day as man?
• Our bodies were formed basically in the same way from the same elements. 1:24; 2:7
• We both were created with the breath of life. 2:7; 7:22
• We both have a living soul. 1:24; 2:7

Even though man is a very complex being and highly organized, we have the same basic essence as the animals and were made by God…but in His image. Man was to be in the image and likeness of God Himself. Man was both made and created in the image of God. But man is much different than animals, created in the image of God entails those aspects of human nature which are not shared by animals.
• Moral consciousness
• The ability to think and reason
• Understand beauty and emotion
• The most important aspect; the ability to worship and love God

You and I were created with something that is awesome, we have the same eternal and divine dimensions that God has. Nothing created before man had these dimensions and qualities. Thus, the creation of man was a totally new creation, something totally different from what was created in the days before.

How does this fact and understanding found within Genesis 1 about man’s creation compare with the evolutionary theory about man’s origin?

But there is a more important fact about man’s creation that many don’t consider. Why did God/Jesus create us, mold us in the form that we are now? If we didn’t come about through evolutionary processes to look like we do today, why create us to be in this form or shape as humans?

List for me all the attributes about God we know from scripture:
• He has no physical body
• He can see, hear, smell, touch and speak
• Can appear visibly to man; when He did so it was usually in the form of a human body
• Angels also, when they appeared took on the form of the human body

There must have been something about the form of the human body which was uniquely appropriate to God’s manifestation of Himself. There is an interesting fact found in Acts 15. The context of the passage I want us to consider comes when the church is debating on whether the Gentiles should be allowed to be Christians without the need to be circumcised. The speaker here in this passage is James, the brother of Jesus. At that time James seemed to be the one who was leading the church in Jerusalem. In his judgment, he includes an OT passage that speaks of another fact.

Acts 15:15-18 (NIV) The words of the prophets are in agreement with this, as it is written: "'After this I will return and rebuild David's fallen tent. Its ruins I will rebuild, and I will restore it, that the remnant of men may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who bear my name, says the Lord, who does these things' that have been known for ages.

I believe that there is no question, since God had planned the salvation of man before the beginning of time, He took into consideration the form of man when he created us to one day become a man in order to save him. God would prepare a human body for His Son and it would be in the likeness man just as it had been created in the likeness of God Himself.

Philippians 2:6-8 (NIV) Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death-- even death on a cross!

If Evolution or the idea of “Intelligent Design” are true and man evolved into what we are today, what does that theory do to the idea that man was created in God’s image, in the original form found in Genesis 1 on day 6?

Both in body and Spirit, Christ was indeed Himself the image of God. It does not seem too much to infer that God made man in the image of that body with which He would Himself one day assume. It can be concluded that man was physically and spiritually made and created in the likeness of God the Son. To me, that fat is something awesome to consider and comprehend. It is facts like this that make me stop and give praise to God for His glorious greatness. These type of facts about God give me goose bumps and brings home the reality that I am wonderfully made and have a purpose for living.

Understanding this fact, why is it so important that we daily need to seek to be like Jesus more and more every day? How does our Christian walk affect how people come to know and understand God?

One other fact I want to point out to you about our creation; three times in the account it states that we were created in the image of God. There might be a hint here pointing to the fact that God is a trinity. In a sense, man too is a trinity. Even though we are one individual, we are also three; man is a trinity of a body, soul and spirit. Again, more evidence that man was created in the very image, impression of God.

Genesis 1:28-31 (NIV) God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air 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 of the air and all the creatures that move on 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.

Here we will see God do something that was much different than what He did with all other creatures of creation; with all the other creatures, he created more than just one pair. Terms like “swarms” are used but with man, also supported in Genesis 2, God creates only one pair of humans. In Genesis 2 God names the man Adam and Adam names his wife, Eve. Both possess equally an eternal spirit capable of personal fellowship with their Creator.

In this passage, God gives man a blessing and several commands; what was man designed to do? Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, subdue it, have dominion over all living things.

How does this message from Genesis compare to the message we receive everyday about over population, climate change and other technology effects we have on the earth?

Do you think that God had in mind man’s potential to subdue the earth when He created us and the earth itself? If yes, then do you think He could create a world that can easily handle the growth of mankind and the technology God would put into the heart and mind of man?