Genesis Chapter 1-2:3 – The Dominion of All Things

 

The story of man

           

Psalm 8

Psa 8:1  <To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David.> O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.

Psa 8:2  Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

Psa 8:3  When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

Psa 8:4  What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

Psa 8:5  For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

Psa 8:6  Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

Psa 8:7  All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;

Psa 8:8  The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

Psa 8:9  O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

 

Man

 

The crowning act of God’s work is seen in the creation of man.

 

There are two separate words for man

 

A) Adam is the generic word for man or mankind.

This points to his origins. The relational word is the Hebrew word for ground. V27 indicates that this refers to both man and woman

B) Ish – man as in male

Isha – woman, female

 

Man is not the first thing created. he was created into a world where all manner of animals, fish, and birds had already existed. He was actually the last thing created though he is not last in importance. His creation is described in a way that indicates that he stands as the pinnacle of creation.

 

1) His origins

 

The creation of man

 

Three theories have been proposed to explain man’s origins

A) Atheistic evolution

This theory is non scriptural and also non scientific.

It says that man is the accidental and random product of a blind and non personal series of chemical and biological events. The world and all that is on it came from evolving mud. Some one celled organism flopped up onto the mud and eventually evolved into what we now know as man through a series of developments that involves monkeys. The only problem is why aren’t there monkeys evolving today. It honestly takes more faith to believe in evolution than to believe the Bible.

 

B) Theistic evolution

This theory says that there is one God, one Creator of all matter, who chose the method of evolution to bring all things including man into their present state of existence.

However this is strongly refuted by Scripture.

 

1. Genesis teaches that life began on dry land.

Evolution says it started on some remote sea bottom

Genesis 1:11-12

 

2. Genesis declares that birds existed before insects.

Evolution reverses this order

Genesis 1:20-24

 

3. Genesis declares that fish and birds were created at the same time.

Evolution says that fish existed millions of years before birds

Genesis1:21

 

4. Evolution claims Adam descended from a sub-ape creature.

 

5. Evolution teaches both man and woman developed together

 

6. Evolution teaches that man was probably a head hunting canniblal.

Genesis 1:29

 

C) Special creation

This indicates that man was the direct product from the Hand of God and that the statements in the Bible are to be taken literally.

 

What age was man when he was created?

Man was one day old but a full grown man. He was created just as the rest of creation with an appearance of age. He was probably in his thirties because that is the age that a man is considered a man in the Bible and Jesus was around this age when He began His earthly ministry. We know that we will be like Him in our resurrected bodies so when this mortal puts on immortality and this old body of  flesh is replaced one would assume we would be this perfect age here and in eternity

 

2) His nature

 

 

He possessed the highest kind of life.

Plant life possessed unconscious life

Animal life possessed conscious life

Man alone possessed self-conscious life

 

He was to subdue the earth and fill it

He was encouraged to enjoy the tree of life

He was forbidden to partake of the tree of knowledge of good and evil

He was to name all the animals

He was given a wife and the first of 3 great institutions of God to man

 

Marriage (2:18-25)

Human government (Genesis 9)

The church (Matthew 16)

 

Four basic questions in dealing with man’s nature:

 

1. How was made in the image and likeness  of God?

 

“Let Us make” (1:26) This emphasizes the majesty of the Speaker.

This use of a plural noun shows the first partial revelation of the God Head

“Ín Our image”

 

A) That this likeness is a reference to the trinity of man

 

As God is triune in nature (Father,Son,and Holy Spirit)

He then created man a triune creature consisting of body, soul, and spirit

Hebrews 4:12

1 Thess 5:23

 

B) That man is created in the image of God in that his creation gave him self-consciousness, God-consciousness, and a sense of morality.

 

Man can identify himself, know his God, look back to his birth, and plan for his future and death.

 

C) That when God spoke these words He was thinking of the future incarnation of Christ, the God-Man and His present day work in making the Christian more like Himself.

 

Phil 3:20

Rom 8:29

1 John 3:2

 

D) From these words there seems to be an image of God in all men which can’t be lost and an image which can be lost.

 

That image which can’t be lost

1 Corinth 11:7

James 3:8-9

Genesis 9:6

This is speaking about all men and it indicates that all unsaved men still display certain traces of the original image of God’s creation.

 

That image which can be lost

Col 3:9-10

Eph 4:24

Thus it would seem that there is a part of God’s image which was lost after Adam sinned and must now be restored by the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation. This image seems to be:

 

The ability to know God and the desire to love Him

The ordinance of rulership.

Man is given both the privilege and the responsibility of rulership over all life on planet earth. Man is God’s representative and in God’s place of rulership in respect to the earth or life here on earth. Man is given the position of federal headship over all the earth. It is because of this that man’s fall was able to impact all the rest of creation. When he fell into sin, the rest of creation followed because it was man’s domain.

This world belongs to God not to us. We have been made stewards of this world and that means we have an obligation to take care of it.

 

Our conscience is damaged through sin

and we need salvation through Christ and the indwelling of the Spirit to renew it.

 

E) Some have suggested that the likeness of God in man is in the area of free will.

This condition gives man the right to choose one of two things:

To be for God

To be against God.

Man can obey God and live or disobey and die.

 

F) A traditional view

God’s image is certain moral, ethical, and intellectual abilities

 

G) Based on Hebrew grammar and the knowledge of the middle east, some scholars have interpreted the phrase “Let Us make man as Our image” like this

In ancient times an emperor might command statues be built of himself and to be placed in remote parts of the empire. These statues would declare that these areas were under his power and reign. So God placed humankind as living symbols of Himself on earth to represent His reign

Since God is Spirit (John 4:24) there rightly can be no “image” or likeness” of Him in the normal sense of these words. We are commanded not to make images of God because He has already done so. We are His image. We are made to reflect His majesty on earth in the area of rulership (Gen 1:28)

As God was sovergn over all that He had created, so now man is placed into a position of relative soverignty over all that was upon the earth

Genesis 5:1-3

Exodus 33:17-23

 

Man is given both the privilege and the responsibility of rulership over all life on planet earth. Man is God’s representative and in God’s place of rulership in respect to the earth or life here on earth. Man is given the position of federal headship over all the earth. It is because of this that man’s fall was able to impact all the rest of creation. When he fell into sin, the rest of creation followed because it was man’s domain.

This world belongs to God not to us. We have been made stewards of this world and that means we have an obligation to take care of it.

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About Clint Rodgers

I am a father of 2 wonderful children and the husband of a beautiful woman who has taught me more about compassion for goofballs than I could have ever learned. I have know Jesus for many years but about 5 years ago I truly met Him and now I do my best to follow Him as I walk in this world
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