Summary: The honor and favor God placed upon man
The Apex of Creation.
“Then 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 birds of the heavens, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth. God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them. God blessed them: and God said to them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Adam came into this world on the same day the cattle, creeping things, and beast of the earth. His body was made of the same earth as theirs and while he is in the body, he inhabits the same earth with them. Although he came into this world on the same day as the cattle, the creeping things, and beast of the field Adam was more of a revelation of God’s wisdom and power. He was made in the image of God and this set him apart from the cattle, the creeping things, and beast of the field.
Created on the last day of the days of creation Adam could never claim he had some part in the creating of the heavens, earth, and their inhabitants. He will play a major role in history. He will be the father of the human race. He will be the first governor of this world. God gave him authority over what He has created. He will be tested. God has a greater role for Adam in His purpose for creating the heavens and the earth. Before he can play that role he must prove he is capable to fill the role God has for him in the course of history.
In verse 26 we are told of a decision that was made in the throne room of God. The decision to create man was made and enacted.
In verse 27 we are told what God did. We are not told how He did it. In verse 28 we are told God blessed the first humans on this earth and what their responsibilities are. They are to be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. They are to rule over the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and every other thing that moves on the earth. Man’s authority is a granted authority. He is under the authority of another just as the lower forms of life are under his authority.
In verse 29 we are told God provided the provisions for a healthy and productive life.
In verse 31 we are told the days of creation come to a close. God saw all He had did and it was very good. Not just good, but very good. It was perfect. There were no flaws or defects in what He did. It was according to His plan for the course of history in every detail. It was fit for the purpose for which it was designed, serviceable to man, and revealed God’s invisible attributes, His eternal power, and divine nature. It was so perfect nothing could be added to it or taken from it.
God has set an example we should follow at the end of the day. Unlike God’s works our works will not be perfect, without flaws or defects. We will make mistakes in judgment. What is important is our motivation in what we did. Flaws, defects, and mistakes can be corrected. What is important is what we did was it intended to be a benefit for our fellowman, and reveal the love of God and not self. God has given us the ability to do good and He expects us to use that ability. He has given us the ability to examine our works and if there is any flaws, defects, or mistakes in them to correct them and He expects us to use that ability.