Genesis: Beginnings - The Image of God

Last week we started in Genesis 1:1

In the beginning, God

Hebrew ‘bereshith Elohim…

In the beginning there was only one, the eternal God.  He was the initiator and author of everything and everyone.  There was nothing before him.  He is the Alpha and he will be the Omega. Elohim is a plural noun ~ that interestingly takes only singular verbs.  Very unique.

…created the heavens and the earth.

 ‘Bara’ which means to create, shape, form, to fashion, to make something that has not been in existence before.[1]  It also means to fatten or to fill up.  You could translate this in the beginning God brought into existence something that did not exist before and fattened it up…

How did he do this?  Through words.

Psalm 33:6, 9 (NLT)

The Lord merely spoke, and the heavens were created.  He breathed the word, and all the stars were born. For when he spoke, the world began! It appeared at his command.

Last week we landed with this idea.  Believers are free to figure out the how and the when of creation, but there is no question about the ‘who’ of creation.  ‘Bereshith Elohim!’ God created.

This week we are going to look at only one day of creation, day 6.  We will explore the pinnacle of God ‘s creation, Man.

We are still in Genesis 1, day five has just ended…

[1] Strong, J. (2001). Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

Genesis: Beginnings - The Image of God