And God said, Let us make man in our image…
This is at a climactic point in the creation week, the crescendo. If this were a symphony, the Conductor would have both hands raised high, after swinging them wildly for six refrains.
It started In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…and, were it a symphony, a drum solo would roll, loud and strong and slow…and then it would lead an orchestra including the heavens and the earth in perfect harmony…
But then, the raspy beat of a snare drum would sound; lucifer—thinking he should be heard above all the others—would pound, proud and hard, until a third of the angels would march to the beat of his drum…
Then all goes black.
And the earth is without form and void, and the only sound is that of a snake slithering through the black waters of the deep.
But God shows up, and moves upon the face of the waters.
And speaks up
And just to be sure we never forget, and always find hope, no matter how dark a world we find ourselves in, His first words ever recorded for us to hear are “Let there be light.” Those words echo through the ages to this very day, separating light from dark. …I AM the light of the world (John 8:12)…and the Light shines in the darkness and the darkness cannot overcome it (John 1:5)…so, let your light so shine (Mt. 5:16)
And there was light and it was good…and it still is.
And then, for the next six days He worked. As a Master Builder, forming and shaping, building and making; line upon line, precept upon precept. The light, the sky, the sea, the land…
The more He goes, the louder it grows.
Light appears, the sky is blowing and waves are rolling
The grass and plants and trees rustle and sway in the breeze
Then fish are jumping, dolphins are laughing, whales are rolling, birds are singing, eagles are soaring
Soon lions are roaring, horse’s hooves are drumming, moneys are dancing and elephants are trumpeting…all creation declaring His glory.
That’s good, that’s good, that’s good, He says…
But then, all creation falls silent, when the words that change the world, fall from His lips…
Let Us make man in Our image.
And isn’t the way Pure Love goes?
Prepare a house, a home, build a nursery, a garden, a cradle, a manger, an Eden…and then step back, look at one another and say…
“Let’s, make a child…he will have your eyes…and he’ll have your smile…
But why would He do such a thing?
Surely He knew the grief He’d bare, the sorrow He’d carry…the affliction He’d endure...the wounds and bruises and stripes we’d give to Him, and then walk away from Him.
Yet, even still,
He Who spoke into the darkness “Let there be light,”
pierced the darkness of a virgin’s womb,
as the Light of the world.
He wasn’t satisfied to set things in motion and watch from afar…No. He stepped up and in, as if to say, “Let Me show you how it’s done”
It started when He said, “Let us make man in Our image” and ended the day He said, “It is finished” …and the veil in the temple was ripped in twain, the letter of divorce was torn asunder, the guilty verdict was pardoned and the death penalty was paid. The dividing wall shattered. The door swung open and the wedding bells rang for whosoever will, be a bride to the Prince, and a child of the King.
My favorite line in my ancestral tree is the very top one, it’s awesome, and it’s actually recorded in the Bible in Luke 3:38 “…and Adam was the son of God.”
It’s not only the best line in my tree…but yours too. We all have that same line.
In the image of God created He him, male and female created He them.
That is the personification of creative and poetic, perfection.
We are all created in the image of Him who is perfect without spot or blemish or weakness or bad habit, but eternally perfectly beautifully good. That is Who we’re created after, that is Who is at the top of our family tree.
When you look in the mirror, do you see the Family resemblance? Do you see His spark of unapproachable everlasting light shining through your eyes, sparking from your smile? Do you feel His DNA surging through your veins?
Or, do you see the graying, aging, sinking, sagging, weary, blemished, bruised and broken?
If the answer is the latter, don’t feel bad, that can change in the time it takes to make a decision.
(2 Cor. 3:17-18)…where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass (mirror) the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
That’s what we’ve been talking about in our little Whispering Pines Village Bible study. If you're in the neighborhood, we'll save you a seat.