A (Small) Cut Above

26 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.” Genesis 1:26

Our interest perks up when we come to this verse. It’s about us. Volumes have been writen about “making mankind in our image.” What’s significant is He never said that about the birds, fish, animals, heavens, waters, or land. We are made in His image. We are capable of thinking, feeling, talking, singing, laughing, crying, reasoning, and a whole range of emotions. Animals, fish, and birds do not have such capabilities. Thankfully we are quite different than those in the animal kingdom. To that note, God also gave mankind the ability to rule over the animal kingdom. Again, we’re not equal to them, but, as they say, a cut above.

However, we are still created beings. That really should give us great comfort because we don’t have to solve all the world’s problems nor do we have the capacity to do that. It’s not in our job description.

Take a few minute today to acknowledge that God is in control. We don’t have to bear burdens we were never meant to bear, whether it is personal, family, or world affairs.

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According to Their Kind

24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:24-25

Of course God didn’t stop at creating fish and birds. Next He created the animal kingdom, and they were all “according to their kind.” God created mankind separately from animals. In other words, we didn’t evolve from the animal kingdom. As we will see in the next few verses, we were created in God’s image. The animal kingdom has its role in the overall ecosystem, and it will never cross over into the human domain. From animals we get food and clothing, and occasional companionship and protection when we use them as pets.

We’re on creation’s fifth day, and we’re still just unpacking God’s riches for mankind. Don’t you just marvel at God’s grace in all of creation?

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The Birds and Fishies

20 And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” 23 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day. Genesis 1:20-23

The oceans and air is filled with fish and birds. There are too many to count. No one even tries. They exist within their own ecosystem. Humans are a part of that ecosystem when we hunt and fish for food. What’s the reason God told them to multiply? To fill the earth. He was preparing the way for mankind. Of course we would eat the plants he prepared on a previous day, but he was beginning to provide the meat for humans. There would be so much that we couldn’t handle it all, and it gets replenished as birds and fish multiply.

I think we would be amazed if we went deep sea diving and had the ability to see clearly for miles. We’d see that, to quote the famous song, there are a lot of fish in the sea. And that’s one tiny part of one extremely large body of water.

Once again I am astounded at the depths God took to provide for his future creation.

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The Sun and Moon

14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. 16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day. Genesis 1:14-19

Many throughout history have worshipped the sun and the moon. People still worship it today be trying to get that best suntan. The result of course is the increased risk of skin cancer.

There seems to be a heightened interested in getting to the moon in private vehicles.

Those two created objects will never satisfy. For instance, if you get to the moon, what’s next? You’ve done something only a handful of people have ever done. Now what? Or in the sun example, how tan should you get? How much is enough? Who are you trying to impress?

We look to the sun for light and heat, but nothing more. We look to the moon for a nice landscape when it’s bright enough to see. Nothing more.

Thinking about the sun and moon causes you to look up a bit. Look beyond those bits of creation and discover the God who made it all!

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Self-Propagating Nature

11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day. Genesis 1:11-13

Fruits and trees and vegetation were all designed by God. The earth would not be complete without vegetation. And with it came all of the biological processes inherent in growing vegetation such as photosynthesis. Everything was meticulously planned because there is such order to the plant world today. For instance, many plant seeds are spread when the wind blows. Nature self-propagates.

None of this is new to us of course. Sometimes, though, we just need to take a step back and observe the simpler things in life. We take a lot for granted every day: clean air and water, plenty of food.

Stand in awe before God every day.

Marvel at His creation.

Thank Him for it.

Delight in His presence.

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The Simple Life

9 And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:9-10

As I mentioned yesterday, we look up to the heavens regularly, but we walk on the ground every day. He separated the dry land from the oceans. People spend entire vacations going to ocean side resorts. The sea and everything in it is fascinating to watch. People also trek all over this great land to explore the variety of tracts of land. The United States alone is a vast expanse of land and water, mountains and forests, lakes and rivers. And it was all created on the third day, minus some erosion that has occurred over the years.

We pick up a rose, smell it, and praise God for creating it. Similarly, we ride for miles and see moutains, plains, and great bodies of water. We may even stop along the road to admire it all. What do we do then? We thank God for creating it.

It’s the simple way we should live, well, more often than we do.

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The Light Was Good

4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. Genesis 1:4-5

So before there was light, there was only darkness. It really didn’t make any difference to God except that it was a shadow of things to come. Jesus was referred to as the Light of the World. The pillar of light shone in the darkness for the children of Israel. God even tells us to let our light shine in the darkness. The contrast of good and evil is implied in light and darkness. In fact, there is no darkness in heaven.

Recently I was working in a manufacturing “cleanroom” where everything is clean and bright. To enter the room I had to put on footies, boots, jumpsuit, hairnet, and gloves. This was all to prevent dust of any sort contaminating the semiconductors they were testing. The first thing I noticed about these cleanrooms, however, was how bright they were. No shadows. Nowhere to hide. No darkness whatsoever. It was bright all day and all night all the time. You didn’t know if it was noon or midnight because there were no windows.

God said light was good because we can see what we’re doing. I for one would much rather drive in the daylight than at night. You can see everything that much better. With Jesus as the light of the world, we do not have to walk around in darkness, fumbling as we go. He has provided a clear path to take. Each day. Every day. Not just when we were saved.

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Simply God

3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.  Genesis 1:3

Presto! Prior to this there was no light. Complete and utter darkness. What was that like? Of course there was no lifeform either. It was just God. God alone.

No people. No animals. No traffic. No craziness. Complete peace and stillness.

Simply God.

None of that changed with the addition of light. It’s difficult to imagine the purity and sanctity of the “moment,” which in reality could have billions of years – or more.

So why did God one day just put it all into motion and create light? If we knew that answer we’d be God. Thankfully we’re not.

Take a moment today and reflect on the purity and majesty of God. Consider what your life would look like today without God.

Praise Him all ye peoples, praise Him!

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He’s Got This

2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. Genesis 1:2

God made something out of a vast void. God was over everything and made something. Grab at a “hunk” of air, release it, and make something out of it. It can’t be done. Multiply that by infinity to create the heavens and the earth. Right, it’s an infinity of impossibilities. Everything we see was created by Him. Everything. Pause and consider that for a moment. When we sing “He’s got the whole world…in His hands” it takes on a lot more meaning.

So, despite what the world looks like on any given day, the world is truly in His hands. He doesn’t fret or worry or stay up all night wondering how to solve the billions of problems in the world each day. He doesn’t need to worry, nor could He.

In other words, you’re gonna be okay with Him at the controls.

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