Practical Application of the Word of God
This chapter gives the big picture in summary form that God sees in relationship to the creation of humanity, which is cornerstone of this chapter, the pivotal event. It provides a framework, a focus, a vision for all that follows through Revelation 22 in the user manual that God inspired for those of us created in Their (God the Father and The Word) images to fulfill Their purpose of expanding the Elohim family, to live our lives by.
What is excluded is as important as what is included. What it reveals about our Creator is important as well, because we are made in His likeness – to be like Him. As we progress through God’s word, we gain a deeper understanding of the exact nature of that likeness and all that encompasses. But this sets the stage for that maturity and we begin with a physical and mental likeness (the spiritual and character likeness is the ultimate goal for all humanity, but that goal is a work in progress, and requires God’s direct intervention for us to understand it and that this is impossible without God’s deliberate and intimate presence in our lives, in His timing and in His way) in verse 26 and 27.
The vision is stated in Genesis 1:28 – “God blessed them; and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.'” (NASB)
Notice Genesis 1’s geocentric focus. The earth was humanity’s domain to learn to be like and to become like God, as a caretaker, nurturer, and leader. It doesn’t take a genius to see that we’ve failed miserably in this goal, and that failure began with Adam and Eve and continues right down to each one of us today. One of the things that struck me as I was reading this again was how humanity rejected this focus and this mission, and decided that it would define its own focus and mission.
How many billions of dollars, millions of hours, and hundreds (perhaps, even thousands) of lives have been invested in space exploration and travel, which God did not state as a our job and and purpose here, while things on the planet we were given dominion over have deteriorated into a repeat of Genesis 6 (which I’ll discuss in the post on that chapter)? This is another, of an unending series that began with Adam and Eve, example of humanity rejecting what God tells us is important and deciding for ourselves (Proverbs 3:5, 7) what is important.
Make no mistake. I am fascinated by the universe, because all that we don’t understand and comprehend and know puts me in even greater awe of God, much as I imagine Abraham and David were when they contemplated the night skies in their sojourns on earth. But this was never intended to be our primary focus and, indeed, that is what it has become. All that we know about mathematics and physics (Galileo, Newton, Descartes, and Einstein immediately leap to my mind as I’ve done a lot of reading on them and their work) developed from humanity’s quest to understand space beyond the confines of earth. Geology (the study of earth), interestingly enough, did not develop as a science until much later in humanity’s quest to know about our environment, and it was not taken as a serious field of scientific study until the very late 19th/very early 20th centuries.
There are huge gaps of time covered in Genesis 1 as well. Much of the details – and the exact timelines – are excluded. I can’t explain the gaps because I simply don’t have all the knowledge that God has, but I don’t reject the creation as recounted in Genesis 1 because of my limitations.
Here’s what I do know and what Genesis 1 teaches me about my Creator: