Let Us Make Man

Posted by on Jun 3, 2012

Let Us Make Man

“Let Us Make Man”

MP3 Version: “Let Us Make Man

Scripture Text: Genesis 1:26-31

By Pastor Mike Withem
First Baptist Church
Ranson, West Virginia

Introduction:

A. Thus far in our study of Genesis 1, we have looked at all six days of creation.
1. On Day One, God created the LIGHT.
2. On Day Two, God created the FIRMAMENT.
3. On Day Three, after making the dry land to appear, God created PLANT LIFE.
4. On Day Four, God created the HEAVENLY BODIES.
5. On Day Five, God created SEA LIFE, as well as the FOWLS OF THE AIR.
6. On Day Six, God created LAND ANIMALS, which, as we noticed last Sunday, included the dinosaurs.
7. And so, thus far in our study of Genesis, we have looked at all six days of creation.

B. However, as I pointed out last Sunday, Day Six did NOT end with the creation of land animals.
1. You see, it was on this same day that God created MAN.
2. Notice again Vrs. 26 of our text, “And God said, Let us make man,”
3. Then in Vrs. 27 it says, “So God created man,”

C. Now before we go any further, let me answer a question that I have been asked on several occasions, “Did God create BOTH Adam and Eve on the Sixth Day?”
1. We know that they were not created at precisely the same time.
2. We know that, according to Genesis 2, God FIRST created Adam from “the dust of the ground,” and then sometime LATER put him to sleep, and created Eve from “one of his ribs.” (Gen. 2:7, 21)
3. But the question is, “Did BOTH of these acts of creation take place on Day Six?
4. There are some who say that if Genesis 2 is written in chronological order, in between the time that God created Adam and then later created Eve, “Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field;” (Gen. 2:20)
5. And they say that this could NOT have happened in one twenty-four hour period.
6. I beg to differ, however.
7. There was more than enough time to do this.
8. You have to remember that when Adam gave names to the animals, he only gave names to each “KIND” (family), not all of the different “SPECIES” that have since developed from each kind.
9. For example, a dog is a dog, whether it be a German Shepherd, a Collie, a Poodle, or whatever.
10. How long does it take to say, “Dog”?

D. There’s another reason to believe that both Adam and Eve were created on the Six Day.
1. Notice again Vrs. 27 of our text, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
2. And then four verses later we read, “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” (Gen. 1:31)
3. And so, clearly, both Adam and Eve were created on the Sixth Day.

E. Now as we examine carefully the Biblical record of the creation of man, there are at least three things that come to light. Notice, first of all, that man was created…

I. In God’s Image.

A. Notice again Vrs. 26 of our text, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:” (Gen. 1:26)
1. And then again in Vrs. 27, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him;” (Gen 1:27)
2. This is not the only place where we are told that man was created in God’s image.
3. When God established the death penalty, He said this, “Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.” (Gen. 9:6)
4. Then in Jam. 3:9, as God was describing the evil nature of our tongues, He said this, “Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.” (Jam. 3:9)
5. And so, in three different places we are told that God created man in His own image.

B. Now the question is, “WHAT does that mean?”
1. Some say it means that as God is holy (without sin), He created man HOLY (without sin).
2. It IS true, that in the beginning, man was PERFECT.
3. Solomon said this in Ecc. 7:29, “Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright;” (Ecc. 7:29)
4. The Bible also says in Eph. 4:24, “And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” (Eph. 4:24)
5. Of course, because of Adam’s sin, man is no longer perfect.
6. The Bible says in Rom. 5:12, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” (Rom. 5:12)

C. Others say that it means that as God is a trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), He created man as a TRINITY.
1. Notice what the Bible says in 1 Thess. 5:23, “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thess. 5:23)
2. By the way, did you notice the word “us” in Gen. 1:26?
3. Look at that verse again, it says, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:” (Gen. 1:26)
4. In the Hebrew, the word “us” here is “plural,” meaning THREE or more.
5. You see, the Hebrew language is different from the English language.
6. In English, you have singular (meaning one) and plural (meaning two or more).
7. In Hebrew, however, you have singular (meaning one), dual (meaning two), and plural (meaning three or more).
8. Again, the Hebrew word translated “us” in Gen. 1:26 is plural (meaning three or more).
9. There’s no doubt that this is a reference to the Trinity (Father, Son & Holy Spirit).
10. And so, some believe that when the Bible says that God created man in His own image, it means that he created him as a trinity (spirit, soul and body).

D. Others say that it means that as God has the power to REASON, He created man with this same ability.
1. God did say in Isa. 1:18, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isa. 1:18)
2. While we don’t always use it, man does have the power to reason, to comprehend, to think in an orderly and rational way, to act intelligently.
3. Perhaps this is what the Bible means when it says that God created man in his own image.

E. To be honest with you, I’m not sure what it means.
1. It could mean that God created man holy (perfect).
2. It could also mean that God created him as a trinity.
3. It could also mean that God created him with the power to reason.
4. And it could mean ALL of the above!

F. But this much I do know, God created man to be DIFFERENT (distinct), to be on a much HIGHER LEVEL, to be FAR ABOVE any member of the animal kingdom.
1. Let me show you the difference.
2. Notice what we are told in Gen. 2:7, “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” (Gen. 2:7)
3. Animals don’t have souls, men do.
4. Animals are not immortal, men are.
5. Animals were not created in God’s image, man was.
6. (Illus.- Do you know why people act like animals today? It is because they have been taught by the evolutionists from kindergarten on that, other than being a little more intelligent, man is no different from any other animal. If we are going to teach children that they are no different than animals, we shouldn’t complain when later in life they act like animals.)

G. And so, first of all, God created man in his own image. Notice also that God created man…

II. To Have Dominion.

A. Notice again Vrs. 26 of our text, “And 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 fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” (Gen. 1:26)

B. Notice the phrase “have dominion.”
1. That phrase comes from a Hebrew word (radah) which literally means “to conquer” or “to bring into subjection” or “to rule over.”
2. This implies that after God had created “the earth,” as well as “every living thing” on the earth, He then made man KING over His creation.
3. Isn’t that what kings do?
4. They conquer, they bring into subjection, they rule over.

C. Now this does NOT mean that man own’s the earth.
1. The Bible is clear on this point, the earth belongs to God.
2. He created it, therefore it is HIS and no one else’s.
3. The Bible says in Psa. 24:1, “The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” (Psa. 24:1)
4. Also, in Psa. 50:12, God said this, “If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.” (Psa. 50:12)
5. And so, clearly, the earth belongs to the Lord.
6. However, even though that is true, God has appointed man as REGENT over the earth.
7. What is a “regent”?
8. Webster defines “regent” as “a person who governs a kingdom in the absence of the Sovereign.

D. This, of course, is contrary to what today’s “EARTH WORSHIPERS” would have us to believe.
1. They would have us to believe that man’s purpose in life is to both worship and serve what they refer to as “mother-earth.”
2. According to them, the earth is our king and we are it’s humble servants.
3. This is just one more example of how the evolutionists have it all WRONG.
4. The truth is just the opposite.
5. Man is king and the earth is OUR humble servant.

E. Now this is not to say that we can do as we please without having to answer to anyone.
1. Because the earth is the Lord’s, we will one day answer to HIM for how we have used it.
2. This is why we must use the earth, as well as it’s many resources WISELY.
3. I do believe in conservation.
4. I do believe in not wasting the earth’s resources.
5. I do believe in preserving the earth’s resources for our children and our grandchildren.
6. I believe in all of that, but NOT because we are servants of “Mother-Earth,” but rather because we are servants of the Creator God, the One who created the earth and is the sole owner of all of it’s resources.

F. And so, God made man to have dominion.
1. Notice one more thing, this morning.
2. God also made man…

III. To Produce Children.

A. Notice again Vrs. 28 of our text, “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it:” (Gen. 1:28) In other words, have children, have LOTS of children.
1. As you know, this command was repeated to Noah and his family when they came off of the ark.
2. The flood had destroyed every human on earth except for Noah and his family, and so God said to them, “…Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.” (Gen. 9:1)
3. Then again in Gen. 9:7, “…be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.” (Gen. 9:7)

B. Now I don’t want to spend a lot of time on this, but I see a very disturbing trend today in the number of children that couples are having.
1. With a few exceptions, couples today are having fewer children than ever before.
2. And what’s really disturbing is the fact most Christian couples today are included in this trend.
3. Someone asks, “What’s wrong with that?”
4. One problem with this trend is that it goes against one of the main purposes of Christian marriage.
5. Notice what the Bible says in Mal. 2:15, “And did not he make one?…And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed.”
6. One of God’s purposes for marriage is to produce a godly seed (godly children).

C. (Illus.- Consider this: the UK at one time was considered a Christian nation, however, it is very quickly becoming a Muslim nation. How is this happening? In England, couples have, on the average, 1.8 children. Muslim couples who have immigrated to England, however, have, on the average, 8.1 children. You can see how, at that rate, it won’t take long for Muslims to outnumber everyone else in the UK. The same thing is happening in France and Germany. The Muslims are taking over, not by blowing themselves up, but by having more children. To some extent, we see the same thing happening in America today.)

Conclusion:

A. What have we learned about the creation of man?
1. Created in GOD’S IMAGE.
2. Created to HAVE DOMINION.
3. Created to PRODUCE CHILDREN.

B. By the way, did you realize that even though Adam was created in the image of God, when Adam sinned, that image, at least to some extent, was LOST.
1. How do I know that?
2. Notice Gen. 5:3, “And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:” (Gen. 5:3)
3. Because of sin, something was lost.
4. However, God is in the process now of restoring that which was lost!
5. That’s why He sent his Son, Jesus, to die on the cross.

C. Friend, do you know Christ?
1. Have you trusted Him as your Savior?

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