In the Image of God
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. (Genesis 1:26-27)
IT IS IMPORTANT TO GET GENESIS RIGHT. Otherwise, you don’t have a Bible. Genesis is about the creation of the entire universe. I have chosen two verses that deal with the crowning work of creation, and that is the creation of man. We say it is the crowning work of creation because the creation of man is the only part of creation that is in the image of God.
McGEE MAKES THIS OBSERVATION: “The first question that arises is: How was man created? The next chapter will tell us that. "And let them have dominion." God gave him dominion over the earth, and I do not think this means that God made him a sort of glorified gardener of the Garden of Eden. Adam had tremendous authority given to him. We will find out a little later that God says to him that he is to do certain things relative to this creation that God has given to him.”
THE BOOK OF GENESIS IS A CONTROVERSIAL BOOK. The underlying question of the controversy is the age of the earth. Was the earth made in six days, as the Bible says, or did it evolve over a period of billions of years. I belong to the school of a young earth; That is, that the earth was created in six literal days as we count days, today. To arrive at the belief in an earth that is millions and billions of years old is to become tangled in a complicated maize of a multitude of theories that contradict each other.
I HAVE DONE A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF HOMEWORK ON THIS for the past sixty-plus years. I like to spend my time reading the top people in each of the opposing views so I can get to the meat of the controversy. The top men at Dallas Theological Seminary have spent a lifetime in study and searching the various schools of thought in interpreting various views.
TO MAKE IT AS SHORT AS POSSIBLE, I believe that Dr. John Walvoord is the best spokesman for a young earth. He bases this upon a simple rule of study: assume the Bible should be read with literal meaning unless it is clear from the context and text that it is a figure of speech. If you read the Bible any other way, you find yourself trapped in Bible fiction with no means of arriving at true meaning. If there is no true meaning, then the Bible has no authority.
DR.J.VERNON McGEE ADOPTS A BELIEF IN A YOUNG EARTH when he, above, says that the “how” of man’s creation is in chapter 2. The Morning Minute is only big enough to announce the subject of creation and to make a few brief comments. Today, I'm making a short introduction to the subject of the creation of man in God’s image. There will be several parts to this series. Ω
Read Through the Bible in a Year
JULY 16, 2018 – MONDAY
A.M. Psalms 19-21 P.M. Acts 19:21-41
(Bible Gateway will read this to you if you like. Look for the speaker icon.) If you are behind in reading, read the passage for today and then go back.
●Good Memory Verse:
The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. (Psalm 34:18) (Write verse on scrap of paper and put in your pocket to memorize.)
●Song for Today:
Somebody Bigger (3:17) (Andy Griffeth)