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Summary: Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

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The first book in the Bible is the foundational book of the Bible. It is unique in all literature, science, relationship, leadership, management and philosophy. The Book of Genesis Is Probably the Most Important Book Ever Written. It is the revelation of God's will to man and a self-disclosure by God giving us information we could not gain from any other source. It begins with the book of Genesis, explaining in just a few chapters, how the human race was brought into existence by the personal activity of God who created the universe. It shows that the first man and woman were the objects of His love and special attention. They were created "in His image" (Genesis 1:26-27), and were given the privilege of regular communication with Him (Genesis 2:15-17; 3:8) One man and one woman were appointed, not only as the progenitors of our race, but also as God's stewards, His custodians and caretakers over the creation. They were created with the characteristics of mind, emotions, personality, and will. They were made creative, imaginative, inventive, artistic, capable of loving and being loved--and above all, able to lead.

Genesis 1 is a very simple narrative of the creation of the world; the heavens and the earth, the plants and animals, and finally man. If Genesis were removed from the Bible, the rest of the books would make no sense what-so-ever. Genesis is the book which explains the origins of virtually everything that matters about history or life. All we need to know about universe, revealed in the pages of Bible. In Genesis chapter one is a very simple narrative of the creation of the world; Simple, yet majestic in its beauty & profound in its depth. The account in Genesis 1-3 is the foundation for all theology. The first eleven chapters of Genesis serve as the foundation of all of earthly history. The last chapters of Genesis (12 - 50) deal with the beginnings of a "Chosen People" the nation of Israel, Blessing of All Nations. We cannot deny or ignore the significance of Israel in history. They are God-ordained, God-protected and God-blessed nation; and Israel is God’s measuring rod, God’s blueprint for what He is doing in the world. The Abrahamic Covenant was the promise of a special blessing for Abraham's descendants: a "chosen" people. But it is obviously not for their benefit alone, but that, through them, all people would be blessed.

The promised benefit to the whole human race was later revealed as the Messiah - - the Deliverer from the penalty of sin. That is, the promise to Abraham was really the promise of one unique seed, Messiah, in whom all the covenants would find their fulfillment (Galatians 3:16). The theological term "eternal covenant" refers to an agreement within the Godhead, made before the foundation of the world, out of which all the covenants with mankind would later flow. God chose the nation of Israel to be the people through whom Jesus Christ would be born—the Savior from sin and death (John 3:16). God first promised the Messiah after Adam and Eve’s fall into sin (Genesis chapter 3). God later confirmed that the Messiah would come from the line of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Genesis 12:1-3).

Jesus Christ is the ultimate reason why God chose Israel to be His special people. God did not need to have a chosen people, but He decided to do it that way. Jesus had to come from some nation of people, and God chose Israel. God’s desire for Israel was that they would go and teach others about Him. Israel was to be a nation of priests, prophets, and missionaries to the world. God’s intent was for Israel to be a distinct people, a nation who pointed others towards God and His promised provision of a Redeemer, Messiah, and Savior. For the most part, Israel failed in this task. However, God’s ultimate purpose for Israel—that of bringing the Messiah into the world—was fulfilled perfectly in the Person of Jesus Christ.

In the creation accounts in Genesis, the creation of humanity is shown as the high point of God’s creation. And the implication is the profound value of human life. Man is the crowning work of God’s creation that’s not a statement of arrogance, that’s a statement of reality. Bible says “For we are God's masterpiece.” (Ephesians 2:10) However there is a dangerous tendency in a corrupted culture that tends to demonize people who aren’t look like, or dress like, or civilized like, or behave like our own prospect. We have an inclination to discriminate and demoralize people in our culture. So we need to begin with the book of Genesis to see the truth. As image bearers of God, we reveal and unveil something about the character and nature of God. The image of God, tells us that all human, regardless of whether you like them or not and whether they like you or not, we all are created by God with sanctity and dignity. No matter theist or atheist…rich or poor… African or Asian… Black or white… High cast or No cast...men or women all human beings are created in the “image” and “likeness” of God and, therefore, uniquely distinct in existence. No other creature is like man; he is one of a kind. Only man has been “crowned with glory and honor” (Ps. 8:5).

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