The Imago Dei

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

28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Ge 1:27–31). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

At the close of each day of creation, God saw what he had made and pronounced it good.

But at the close of the sixth day, God declares what he created “very good.” He had created man and created man in his own image.

This, in the age before the fall of man, brings us to points of relationship with God. God, in creating mankind, gives us reasons, personality, knowledge, morality — many of the knowable attributes of God himself. God wants a relationship with man and instills in us a relational need.

He also instructs us to build families and be good stewards of the earth. The sense of family comes up again and again throughout the Bible. God created man, in his image, and told man to be a good steward over the earth and to create a family. God created a woman to help the man tend the garden and build a family. They were helpmates to each other with different roles all set toward common purpose.

This is a picture of the end as much as the beginning. In the new heave and new earth there too we will work. Labor is a gift of God. It is good for the soul.