Since it’s the beginning of a new year I’m taking a couple different approaches to reading through the Bible. I’ll blog about those approaches some other day. But I’m very much looking forward to something new.
The other day as I reread the Creation account in Genesis 1 and 2 a couple of things stuck out to me.
The first thing is the consistent repetition of a particular phrase. Over and over we read of God speaking into existence a certain aspect of Creation and then the statement “and God saw that it was good.” You can’t miss the pattern. Even a first-time reader can spot it from a mile away. There was a certain rhythm in God’s bringing into existence all that we experience as the known universe.
The second thing that struck me had to do with something entirely opposite the first. Rather than a repetition there is something mentioned only once. On day six of Creation the Triune God – Father, Son and Spirit – brought mankind into the storyline but made a unique, one-of-a-kind statement.
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness…” ~ Genesis 1:26
Nothing else in all of God’s creation contains this image of Himself, this likeness. Only human beings received the very breath of life from God. It’s so unique that all of Genesis 2 is devoted to more detail about it. What’s the significance of this? It demonstrates our unique capacity to reflect God’s glory in this life.
All aspects of God’s world reflect His glory. The sun, the moon, the stars, the mountains, the oceans… But none to the degree that we human beings do. It’s a privilege, an honor, that can be used for good or bad. One simple smile or kind word shines more brightly than the most starlit night. And one harsh word or unkind deed can leave smudges on God’s glory that can take years to erase.
What will we reflect of God’s glory today in how we relate to others?