This past Sunday in Source we talked about the Creation story. We read the Creation story and came to the conclusion that the main character of the story is God. The story reveals to us that God is creative, powerful, ordered, and delights in creation. We see this throughout the story. We then went through each day and looked at how everything was created with a purpose and was called good by God:
Day 1: God creates light with the purpose of separating the day and the night
Day 2: God creates the sky with the purpose of separating the waters of the heavens from the waters of the sky (Ancient Hebrews believed the heavens consisted of a giant lake from which we would get rain).
Day 3: God creates land and vegetation. The land is to separate the waters on earth and the vegetation is to provide food for the creatures that come later.
Day 4: God creates the sun and the moon and the stars. The sun is to govern the day, the moon to govern the night, and all three of them to mark seasons and time.
Day 5: God creates the fish of the sea and the birds of the sky with the purpose to be fruitful and multiply
Day 6: God creates animals and humans. They are given the purpose of also being fruitful and multiplying but the humans are given an even greater purpose.
We focused in on how humans were created differently from the rest of Creation in that we were created in the image of God. We were made to be like God, reflecting him like a mirror. We were created to rule over creation just as God rules over the universe (Genesis 1:26); we were created to be in community just as God is community in the Trinity (verse 27); and we were created to create just as God creates (verse 28).
Being created in the image of God has three different implications for us. First, we are created and therefore we are not our own but we belong to God. Second, we are image bearers meaning we are to reflect God to the world. He is the only one who can give us our identity since we belong to him and he calls us children and image bearers. Third, we are meant to live in family since God himself lives in eternal community with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God creates Adam and Eve to live together, not alone. When we live isolated and independent we do not reflect God properly.
Here are some questions you can discuss with your kids:
1. What’s different about the description of man’s creation versus the rest of creation?
2. God’s creation shows off His glory, skill, and creativity. Describe the most magnificent, beautiful scene you’ve ever seen. What does it reveal about God?
3. Genesis 1 says you’re made in God’s image. Whether other people label us or we label ourselves, how are we often identified (jock, loser, geek, wimp, pretty)? Why is the image of God way more important (and accurate) than these images?
4. How does the fact that we’re all created in the image of God change how you view (and treat) others?