CREATED TO BE…
God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and
female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, "Be
fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it…” Genesis 1:27,28a
the LORD God created the earth: it was a divine plan, a divine arrangement,
initiated and carried out-all that it is and all that He made. In those first
hours of life for the human beings God crated commandments for their lives.
These first two were ‘man’…both the male and the female.
brought the first male and the first female together creating the first
marriage. The first marriage was blessed by God. Marriage was blessed by God.
And in blessing them, He told them how to live together to honor Him.
plan continues to this moment. As we read these verses from the first book of
the Bible Genesis, we are given an opportunity to evaluate ourselves and our
marriages. How do we view marriage? God established a marriage with the one man
and the one woman. How do we view man and woman? How do we view our parents, our
husband or wife, our son or daughter? Do we remember that they are visible
representations of God? Man (male) is in God’s image! Woman(female)is in
God’s image! Equally valued by God.
understanding can and should change the very way we speak to and of each other.
It can and should change the way we treat each other. We need to remember the
other is first of all made in God’s image. It can also change the way we think
of ourselves. You are made in the image of God. I am made in the image of God.
From conception each child, male or female, is designed by God and made in His
image. It is not a value that begins with adulthood. We are informed of God’s
special creation and plan for each male and female conceived – given life by
God through the mother and father:
You formed my inward parts;
wove me in my mother's womb.
will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
are Your works,
my soul knows it very well.
frame was not hidden from You,
I was made in secret,
skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;
eyes have seen my unformed substance;
in Your book were all written
days that were ordained for me,
as yet there was not one of them. Psalm 139:13-16
valuable are we? We are God’s creation and in His image, in His likeness. Even
our inward parts were distinctly planned by God…male and female.
and woman sinned: Genesis 3 tells this history of the first man and woman. Did
both man and woman cease to be in the image of God when they sinned? As a result
did every child born after that not have the image and likeness of God?
According to God’s Words, they did not cease to be in God’s image. Genesis
9:6: “Whoever shed’s man’s blood, by man his blood is shed, for in the
image of God He made man.”
young and energetic, it is easy to consider the other – your husband or wife
– as being in the image of God – attractive and wanted. But time, age, and
experiences make great changes in our appearance from our wedding day. Still, we
are in God’s image and we must remember that we are each still God’s
creation. And if a child is conceived in that marriage is it remembered that God
is designing that child in secret to bless your home and the world He gives it
to – male and female, God’s gift?
parents are 82 and 83 years old; they have been married sixty-one years. My
husband and I have been married 33 years. In so many ways we are reflecting the
aging process that people experience. My parents still care for each other in
their home and still love and care for the one who was made in God’s image and
became their partner in marriage and life, though they only slightly resemble
the persons we see in their wedding photographs. My husband and I reflect many
of those same changes.
As we look at each other, let us treasure the other and thank God for how he made us and who we are: his creation; male and female, each in God’s image, according to His likeness.