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Why Did God Say "Let Us Make Mankind in Our Image"?

There are a lot of "greats" in this opening sentence. Why? Because God is great. King David proclaimed in Psalm 70:4, "May all who seek You rejoice and be glad in you! May those who love Your salvation say evermore, 'God is great! God's greatness is reflected in all He created (Psalm

19; Psalm 148). The pinnacle of God's creation, however, is found in man. Genesis 1:26 tells us:

Mankind is therefore regarded as the apex of God's creation because after He created man, God declared all He made to be "very good" (Genesis 1:31).

In Genesis 1:1-25, we learn the Lord God created the heavens and the earth(out of, or from nothing).

With each aspect of creation, the passage reads, "And God said...let there be light, let there be an expanse, let the waters under heaven be gathered in one place," etc. After each creative act, "God saw that it was good" (Genesis 1:4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25).

Once the heavens and the earth were complete, God created man.

Genesis 1 tells us God spoke the world and universe into existence. To us as readers, it appears as a narration because no audience is obvious or implied within the context of the event. Genesis 1:26 is the first use of a pronoun other than the name of God Himself (Elohim).

This verse is a pause in the creation process as God explains what He is going to do next - and why.

God created the human race in His image and likeness using the pronouns "Us" and "Our" and that man should have dominion over what He created.


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