I. The Creation of Man
Genesis 1:26-31 “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. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”
A. Man was made by God – verse 26
Man did not evolve from lower forms of life, but was made by a direct act of God. Evolution teaches millions of years of progressive evolution, constant living and dying of species that improved and survived as they were fit. The Bible teaches that death came by sin – Romans 5:12 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” Because of the principle that death came by sin, and by Adam sin came into the world, the believer cannot believe in evolution. He must believe that God MADE MAN in His own image, not as a lower form of life evolving toward perfection, but “God saw everything that he made, and behold, it was very good.”
B. Man was made in God’s image and likeness – verse 26
Man is in the likeness of God. God is a being similar in looks to mankind. Jesus was said to be “…the express image of His person…” (Hebrews 1:3). God is said to have a head, right arm, left arm, feet, eyes, heart, backside, etc. in the Scriptures.
C. Man was made to have dominion over all other living things – verse 26
This dominion is to include every animal in the sea, air, and on the earth. All animals were made by God for man to have dominion over and not vice versa. The Scriptures never suggest that animals have any type of rights. They are made for man’s service, food or clothing. Man should be kind to the domestic beasts that serve him – Proverbs 12:10 “A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast…”
D. Man was made with intellect and authority – verse 28
We have seen where man was to have dominion (rulership) over all animal life. He is also to subdue the earth. The word subdue means “to bring into subjection.” The earth is to be in subjection and used by man for man. The earth is not supposed to be served or worshiped by man, but to serve man.
E. Man’s first diet was to be herbs and the fruit of trees – verses 29, 30
Dietary laws changed during the dispensations. (As examples see Leviticus 11 and 1 Timothy 4:1-5)
F. Man was made very good – verse 31
Today “there is none that doeth good, no not one.” (Romans 3:12b), but that was not the way man was made. He was created “very good.” Every man is a created marvel and miracle. God’s creation was perfect.
G. Man was made out of the dust of the ground – Genesis 2:7 “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”
The components of the human body are the same as those found in dirt. Ecclesiastes 3:20 – “All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.”
H. His breath and life come from God – Genesis 2:7
Daniel 5:23b – “…and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, has thou not glorified:” Acts 17:25b – “…seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things.”