What Is the Image of God?

In the opening chapter of Genesis, we read that humanity, being both male and female, were created in the image of God. The more popular phrasing to use today is the Latin, imago dei. We read in vs26-28:

26 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, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

27 So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.

28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

There is a lot that could be said about and addressed within these 3 verses alone. But I want to focus in on the image of God pronounced over humanity.

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The Garden and God’s Presence

Our home group has slowly been working our way through a particular book – Becoming a True Spiritual Community. This book is by one of my favourite authors, Larry Crabb.

I thought I would post some words that I read just the other night from this book:

When God first created people, He placed them in a garden, the biblical symbol of God’s presence” where He is loved and desired above all else” [quoting James Houston in The Heart’s Desire]. And He named the garden Eden, a word that means delight in the sense of erotic rapture.

When I ponder the significance of God placing Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and not in a university library or a business board room something stirs in me.

For me, these thoughts are stirring and refreshing. I can so often go into management mode and so often get caught up in the academia of study and scholarship. There is nothing inherently wrong with either of those, per se. But when they take over, becoming our main mode of operation, we dearly miss what God really intended.

Is it not interesting that God placed Adam and Eve within a garden, which Crabb reminds us this points to the presence of God, even where He walked with them in the cool of the day? His intent was not to first and foremost deem them managers or theologians, but rather relational beings called into relationship with Him and one another, enjoying the presence of Him and one another.

Such a reminder draws me in to the heart of God even more.