Lesson 11 第十一课

Gen 1:26-27

Lesson #11

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." So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Gen. 1:26-27 NIV)

… Let us (plural) make mankind à Authors (Acts 17:29)

… Let us (plural) make in our (plural) image à Appearance of the Authors

… Let us make mankind in our (plural) likeness à Performance of the Authors

… Image of God: Invisible, glorious and eternal with breath of life (Gen. 9:6)

… Likeness of God: God did not make God, but made man with aspects of God

… Visible, glorious, eternal with flesh & blood, with the breath of life

… needing food, air, warmth, companionship, etc. Unlike the Spirit of God…

… main purpose was to rule over the fish, birds and living creatures

We Praise God

… Invisible, Jesus is your visible Image (Col. 1:15, 2 Cor. 4:4)

… Glorious, as compared to the image of a bulls(Ps. 106:20)

… Everlasting, as compared to the Image of Idols (Isa. 40:28)

… Ruler, over all creation that belongs to you (Gen.1:26)

… Unfailing, you do not become faint or grow weary

… Wise, your understanding is unsearchable (Isa. 40:28)

… Immortal (Rm. 1:23)

… have given the gospel that brings us to the light of the glory of Jesus Christ

… though now we are in the image of the earthly man, Adam (1 Cor. 15:49, 46)

… we will be like the image of the heavenly man, Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 15:49)

... For you predestined us to be conformed to the image of your Son (Rom. 8:29)

We are desperate without God

… for creating us in your likeness (Human Likeness)

… for making in your likeness to be praised and not cursed by mankind (Jas. 3:9)

… for making Christ in our likeness by emptying his glory (Phil. 2:7)

… for making Christ in our likeness to be born as a human

… for making Christ in our likeness to take human form

… for making Christ in our likeness to become obedient to creation (Ruler)

… for making Christ in our likeness to experience death

… for sending Christ in our likeness as sinful flesh (Ability to do good and evil)

… for sending Christ in our likeness for sin (without glory but shame) (Rom. 8:3)

"Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created." (Rev. 4:11)

Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven. (1 Cor. 15:49)

Help us of God to return to you:

… for making images by the work of human hands (Artist)

… for making images in the likeness of created beings (Art)

… for our attempt to make the divine, glorious, eternal with the breath of life..

… for our intention is to recreate you for Mankind/Artist’s benefit

… for our intention is to remind ourselves of the divine and eternal

… for our intention is to worship directly/ indirectly the divine and eternal

... for our effort is stupid, deceitful and shameful (Intelligent)

… for our effort cannot bring about the breath of life (Jer. 51:17) (Battery Life)

… for some have moved to worship the sun, moon and other created beings

… for justifying that these created beings/object are eternal

… Clearly all our efforts are acts of disobedience unto you O God

… please forgive us, we have sinned against you knowingly and unknowingly

We ask you to restore:

… us to reject making images but rather:

… Resemble like you,

… Rule like you and

… have Relationship with you and all that belongs to you through Jesus Christ.

In Jesus Name we Pray. Amen