Summary: God said He created man in His image. But what do we do if we've damaged and warped that image? How can we ever repair and regain what was lost?
(Video “Imago Dei” on youtube.com - play it through the 1:00 minute mark then fade out)
Psalm 8:3-4 asks an intriguing question:
“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?”
What is man?
According to evolution, man (or Humans) are the end product of chance collision of molecules. Mankind came into existence purely because of a mindless and unplanned accident of nature.
Someone has referred to this kind of thinking as being
“From Goo To You by Way of the Zoo”
According to this kind of thinking you and I are not that much different that birds in the sky or fish in the sea, or the slug in the mud, or an amoeba in the waters. We’re all pretty much the result of the same purposeless interaction of atoms.
Thus we really have no intrinsic value. No value to really speak of that sets us apart from the rest of the world.
And there may be times we might agree with that evaluation.
There are times we don’t think we’re worth very much.
Times we think that we’ve messed up so badly that no one could want us around.
Times when we wonder if anybody would even miss us if we were gone.
Sometimes we may even wonder if it matters that we even exist.
But the Bible doesn’t agree with that.
The Bible teaches that you that you are NOT an accident
YOU were planned.
YOU have purpose
And YOU have value all because God says YOU do.
ILLUS: I once saw a poster with a cute little boy on it. And it had these words
“I know I’m special, ‘cause God don’t make no junk!” (show poster on screen)
And Psalm 8 agrees.
It not only asks the question: “what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? BUT it answers that question:
“You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.” Psalm 8:4-8
Allen Webster interprets this passage this way:
“Evolution sees man as one step above apes.
Scripture sees him as one step beneath angels”
That’s how important you are!
And that is the primary message from Genesis chapters 1 and 2.
God makes it very clear that everything in creation was made for US
In Genesis 1:26 - God says, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."
And you can see how important it was to God by the way Genesis tells us God felt about creation.
On the first day God said “Let there be light!” and there was light. And the Bible says “and it was GOOD.”