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September 16, 2018


SCRIPTURE: Genesis 1:26-31; 2:4-7


KEY VERSE: So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (Genesis 1:27)


INTRODUCTION: Some would say, “To profess to believe the express declaration of Genesis 1:1, ‘In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth,’ is to be branded by society as being naive and unscientific.” They would say, “after all, everybody knows the THEORY of evolution is really a fact!”


Some would contend that the argument over origins is unnecessary. Does it really matter? YES! If the Word of God is wrong in Genesis 1 and 2, it cannot be trusted anywhere else!


Can't we believe in both? NO! Some have tried to blend the two, but the hybrid results are UNACCEPTABLE.




·        DAY SIX (PART TWO) (Genesis 1:24-31; 2:7): HUMANS WERE CREATED.


(Genesis 1:26-27) 26 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. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.


A. Creation reached its climax on the sixth day with the creation of the first man and the first woman.


God had formed the sky and filled it with heavenly luminaries and flying birds. God had formed the seas and filled the waters with various aquatic creatures. On the sixth day God filled the land with animal life and then created the first man (Adam) who, with his wife (Eve), would have dominion over the earth and its creatures.


INSIGHT: Like the first man, the animals were formed out of the dust of the ground (Genesis 2:7). This explains why the bodies of both humans and animals go back to the dust after death (Ecc. 3:19-20). However, humans and animals are different. No matter how intelligent some animals may appear to be, or how much they are taught, animals are not endowed with the “image of God” as are humans (Genesis 2:2-11).


B. The creation of the first man is seen as a very special occasion, for there’s a “consultation” prior to the event.


“Let Us make man in Our image” sounds like the conclusion of a divine deliberation among the three Persons of the Godhead (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit). God couldn’t have been talking with the angels about His plans because angels weren’t made in God’s image (“Our image”) and angels had nothing to do with the creation of Adam.


C. “And the Lord formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7).


The verb “formed” suggests the potter making a work of art in his skilled hands. The human body is indeed a work of art, an amazingly complex organism that only the wisdom of God could design and the power of God create.


D. The physical matter for Adam’s body came from the ground, for the name “Adam” means “taken out of the ground.”


But the life Adam possessed came from God. Of course, God is spirit and doesn’t have lungs for breathing. This statement is what theologians call an “anthropomorphism,” the using of a human characteristic to explain a divine work or attribute.


INSIGHT: Several important facts must be noted about the origin of humans. Men and women are EQUAL! But Men and women are DIFFERENT!


(1) Humans were created by God (Gen. 1:27). We are not the products of some galactic accident nor are we the occupants of the top rung of an evolutionary ladder. God made us, which means we are creatures and wholly dependent on Him. “For in Him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28). Luke 3:38 calls Adam “the son of God.”


(2) Humans were created in God’s image (Gen. 1:26-27). Unlike the angels and the animals, humans can have a very special relationship with God. He not only gave us personality -- minds to think with, emotions to feel with, and wills for making decisions -- but God also gave us an inner spiritual nature that enables us to know Him and worship Him.


(3) The image of God in men and women has been marred by sin (Eph. 4:18-19), but through faith in Christ and submission to the work of the Holy Spirit, believers can have the divine nature renewed within them (2 Peter 1:4; Eph. 4:20-24; Col. 3:9-10; Rom. 12:2; 2 Cor. 3:18). One day when we see Jesus, all of God’s children will share in the glorious image of Christ (1 John 3:1-3; Rom. 8:29; 1 Cor. 15:49).




(Genesis 1: 28-31) 28 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. 29 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. 30 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. 31 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. Humans were created to have dominion over the earth. (Genesis 1:28)


1. Adam and Eve were the first stewards over God’s creation (Ps. 8:6-8).


“The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s; but the earth He has given to the children of men” (Ps. 115:16). But when Adam believed Satan’s lie and ate of the forbidden fruit, he lost his kingship; and now sin and death reign over the earth (Rom. 5:12-21).


2. When Jesus Christ, the last Adam (1 Cor. 15:45), came to earth, Jesus exercised the dominion that the first Adam had lost.


Jesus Christ demonstrated that He had authority over the fish (Luke 5:1-7; John 21:1-6; Matt. 17:24-27), the fowl (Matt. 26:69-75), and the animals (Mark 1:13; 11:3-7). When He died on the cross, He conquered sin and death, so that now grace can reign (Rom. 5:21) and God’s people can “reign in life” through Jesus Christ (Rom. 5:17). One day, when Jesus Christ returns, He will restore to His own the dominion that was lost because of Adam (Heb. 2:5ff).


INSIGHT: Both Adam and the animal creation were vegetarians until after the Flood (Gen. 1:29-30; 9:1-4). Isaiah 11:7 indicates that the carnivorous beasts will return to this diet when Jesus Christ returns and establishes His kingdom on earth at the Second Coming.


B. Our wonderful Creator deserves our worship, praise, and obedience.


1. When God surveyed His creation, He saw that it was “very good” (Gen. 1:31).


Contrary to what some religions and philosophies teach, Creation is not evil and it isn’t a sin to enjoy the good gifts God shares with us (1 Tim. 6:17). David surveyed God’s creation and asked, “What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?” (Ps. 8:4) The earth is but a tiny planet orbiting in a vast galaxy, and yet “the earth is the Lord’s” (Psalm 24:1). It’s the one planet He has chosen to visit and to redeem!


2. The heavenly creatures before God’s throne praise God for His creation, and so should we.


“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created” (Rev. 4:11). When we bow at meals to thank Him for the food He provides, when we see the sunshine and the rain provided at no expense to us, and when we watch the progress of the seasons, we should lift our hearts to praise the Creator for His faithfulness and generosity.


C. Humans must be good stewards of creation.


This means we should respect our fellow human beings who are also made in the image of God (Gen. 9:6). It means appreciating the gifts we have in creation and not wasting or exploiting them. We’ll look into these matters in greater detail in further studies, but it’s worth noting that we can’t honor the God of creation if we dishonor His creation. We must accept creation as a gift, guard it as a precious treasure, and invest it for the glory of God.


“The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works” (Psalm 145:9).




INSIGHT: Apparently, this vast universe we live in had been here for billions of years, but something happened to the earth and to a great deal of the creation. As a result, God moved in, the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the deep, and there was brought cosmos out of chaos (Genesis 1:1-2).


A. A summary of the first five days of restoration.


1. The book of Genesis is the book of the families.


(Genesis 2:4) These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.


Actually, the word “generations” means families. The book of Genesis is not only the book of beginnings but also the book of the families. “These are the families of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.”


2. The Lord had prepared a place for the families.


(Genesis 2:5-6) And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.


All this was here long before man was here upon the earth, and we can now begin to discover the purpose of God in chapter 1. In chapter 1 God was preparing a home for the man whom He would make. God is now getting ready to move this man into a place that He has prepared for him.


B. A statement about man’s creation. (Genesis 2:7)


1. Man was formed by God. (Genesis 2:7)


(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.


Man was formed from the dust of the ground. This is the method of the creation of man, and again we are limited in what God has told us. Physically, man was taken out of the ground. It is quite interesting that our bodies are made up of about fifteen or sixteen chemical elements. Those same chemical elements are in the ground.


The physical part of man was taken out of the dust of the ground. If we were to be boiled down into the separate chemical elements of which we are made, we would be worth very little in terms of money. I used to say $2.98, but inflation has increased that figure a little. That is the extent of our bodily worth because we were made out of the dust of the ground.


2. Man is more than dust. (Genesis 2:7)


(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.


Physically, dust he is and to the dust he will return, but his spirit is going to God. Why? Because God “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” God breathed into him “the breath of life.”


God gave man life which is physical or psychological, and then He gave him life which is spiritual. In other words, man now is brought into a marvelous relationship with his Creator. He has in his being a capacity for God. This is what separates man from all other creatures that are found in God’s universe, as far as we know. (Of course, there are the angels, but we know very little about them.)


By Dave Branon


Read: Genesis 1:20-27


And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” (Genesis 1:26a)


1. The word whodunit is actually in the dictionary. It means “detective story.” The most important whodunit of all time is the question of creation.


2. Some people wish the Bible said, “In the beginning, God wasn’t needed.” To them, it’s unacceptable to say, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1), or “Let Us make man in Our image” (Genesis 1:26).


3. Instead, they believe that after an explosion of energy and matter, somehow an atmosphere conducive to life was formed. Then, single-celled organisms morphed into the exceedingly complex life forms we have today.


4. No need for God, they say, for it all happened naturally. On an earth and in an atmosphere not of anyone’s making, forces with a blueprint designed by no one joined together to place the earth perfectly for life to thrive.


5. What we do with “In the beginning God” is at the center of it all. We must either believe His Word -- and everything His Word claims -- or we must believe that our meaningless lives resulted from an accidental, mindless chain reaction. What a stark contrast to “Let Us make man in Our image”!


6. In the beginning. was it God? Or was it chance? Our answer to this whodunit reveals whether or not we truly worship the awesome God of creation.


 -- Adapted from Dave Branon, Our Daily Bread, December 13, 2008 


CONCLUSION: Creation and Evolution are NOT compatible. (1) We believe that God's Word is true. God said what He meant and meant what He said. My faith is not shaken by so-called scientific discoveries.


(2) We believe the literal account of creation just as much as the literal account of salvation! Where is your faith today? Is it in the Word of God or the words of men?


THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: “Only God could create the cosmos out of nothing.”


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REFERENCES: References used in these Bible studies are the King James Bible (KJV), The Moody Bible Commentary, Dr. J. Vernon McGee © Thru the Bible Radio Network (www.ttb.org), the Scofield Study Bible, the Believer’s Bible Commentary, Dr. Charles J. Woodbridge Bible Outlines, Dr. Lee Roberson’s Sermons, Dr. Charles Stanley: (http://www.intouch.org/), Don Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Women’s Study Bible, The Bible Reader’s Companion Ed. 3, The Nelson Study Bible: New King James Version, KJV Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the New Testament ed. 4, Dr. David Jeremiah: (http://www.davidjeremiah.org/site/), Dr. Cliff Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the Old Testament, Dr. Alan Carr’s The Sermon Notebook (www.sermonnotebook.org), With the Word Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s “Be” Series: Old & New Testaments, RBC Ministries (http://rbc.org/), selected illustrations, and other references.



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