: The Bible is God's written word. And when we turn to the written word of God we find the story of creation. The Bible starts with the story of a God who is not lifeless but very much alive and life giving the book of Genesis as the Book of beginnings. And this is the way it opens in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the writer goes on to tell us how the earth was without form empty covered with darkness and yet the spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And then the Book of Genesis tells us about the living God and how he created the heavens and the earth God said Let there be light and there was light. God said Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water. And so God made that expanse and separated the waters beneath from the sky above. And God said let the water under the sky be gathered to one place and let dry ground appear.
: And so it was. And God said Let there be lights and the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the light and to serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years and let there be lights and the expanse of the sky to give light on Earth. And it was so and God made the moon to govern that night and the sun to rule by day.
: And God said let the water team with living creatures and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky. so God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teams according to their kinds. And every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good and God said Let the land produce living creatures according to their kind.
: Livestock creatures that move along the ground wild animals each according to its kind and it was so. Have you noticed something God says and it is so God speaks and it come to pass.
: There is a power in the word of God. The word of the Creator is creative and what God speaks comes to pass. You can count on God's words do not fall empty to the ground. God's words accomplish their purpose.
: So you have a God who creates and the world that is created depends on his wisdom and depends on his power. Should also notice that there is progression in the work of creation. God doesn't first create the fishes he creates the sea and then he puts the fish in the sea. God doesn't first create birds and then think about building himself a sky. God makes the vastness of the heavens and then fills the skies with birds.
: God works in an orderly way. He is not the author of confusion but of harmony.
: God takes the initiative and God works in an orderly and progressive fashion from one stage of creation to another and all the while he speaks and it comes to pass then the Bible tells us in Genesis 1 at verse 26 God said Let us make man in our image in our likeness. Notice the plural. God doesn't say I will make man in my image. But let us make man in our image in our likeness and some Bible scholars have concluded and I think rightly so that this is a foreshadowing of the Doctrine of the trinity that the father speaks to his eternal son and to the Holy Spirit and says Let us make man in our image in our likeness. And then the Bible tells us that it is the will of God.
: That mankind should rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air that mankind should rule over the livestock on the earth and over all creatures that move along the ground.
: So God created man in his own image in the image of God created him male and female created he them.
: And God bless them and said to them Be fruitful and increase in number till the earth and subdue it rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.
: This is a passage of the word of God that has some tremendous teaching in it. Let's not miss the point. For one thing we are told that you and I have been created in the image of God. And just what does that mean. Also very deep and mysterious statement but we're not left without clues to understand what it means. We are persons as God is a person. We have personality. We have thought we have a will that can choose. We have affections that can reach out. We have memory we have conscience. We are made for mastery to have dominion over creation and in all of this we are resemblances of God. We are in the likeness of God.
: That is the image of God in the broad sense regardless solved the way in which our society treats the crime of murder and nowadays there seemed to be more laws for the protection of the law breaker than for the protection of the law abiding citizen. The Bible looks on murder as the worst of crimes.
: Why. Because it's committed against a human being who is made in the image of God. It doesn't matter if that person is a sinner. The fact is that that individual is made in the image of God and therefore willful malicious premeditated homicide should never be treated lightly. But there is another side to this matter of the image of God in the New Testament. We are told that when we become new people when we are created as it were a second time we are created by God in His likeness with knowledge with holiness and with righteousness when man was first created. He had the image of God in a very special sense. He had a knowledge of God. He had an attitude of holiness and in his daily life he practiced righteousness when man sinned he didn't stop being a person. But he did lose that clear knowledge of God. He did lose that holiness of heart. He did lose that righteousness of life and he can only get that back by the special work of God's grace. When we become new people. So we were made in the likeness of God made to live in fellowship with God made to live in obedience to God made to live after his likeness if we were descended from apes what dignity would that give us.
: But the fact that we are descended from God made by God's creative handiwork in his likeness. That's the only thing that gives us inalienable rights which no man can take from us. That's what gives us our dignity. That's what gives us our manhood. God made us in His likeness. He also created the human race male and female. The difference between the sexes male and female is not something that came about accidentally. It is something that comes about by the definite design and will of God. We should not be ashamed of being men. We should not be ashamed of being women. Our sexuality is a gift of God. God made the male and female what we should be ashamed of is the way that human sin and selfishness have corrupted perverted and defiled God's gift of sexuality. And we need to get back to what the Bible teaches us about male and female. The Bible says that men and women were created for each other so that within the relationship of marriage they might fulfill their sexuality. In the New Testament we are told that wives should Old Bay their husbands we are told that husbands should love their wives.
: We are told that men should not be bitter and unreasonable and harsh and cruel in dealing with their wives. We are told that male and female within the bonds of marriage should be absolutely faithful to one another. We are told that they are to steer clear of fornication adultery and the practices of homosexuality and lesbianism. God made us male and female and we are to honor him within the relationship of marriage with faithfulness in matters of sex. One thing more that we should notice before we bring this particular study to a close and that is that after God had completed the work of creation the Bible notes that God saw all that he had made and it was very good. There is a goodness to the creation of God. How bad it is that we should spoil God's creation that we should waste the resources of the earth that the resources of the world should be destroyed by senseless wars that they should be hoarded by greedy people while others know only hunger and poverty. That the air and the streams and the land of the world around us should be polluted and corrupted because we do not take good care of God's creation. In the beginning when God made the world he looked at it and he said that it was good God enable us by His grace and wisdom to take good care of this creation. This is my father's world.