Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.”
In the very beginning it was Yahweh’s intention to create beings that would partake of His goodness by entering freely into an eternal relationship with Him and His son Jesus. When He said, “Let us make man in our image…”, He did not mean we would have a head and torso and arms and legs, but that we would be holy and blameless, conformed to the image of His Son. Like Jesus, we would walk in the power of love; we would understand the supernatural and be able to engage with heavenly beings. The fullness of His plan would yield persons so fully given over to the Kingdom of Love that the beauty of His nature would forever reproduce in them.
It is commonly believed that the Creator of the Universe started something that seemed to be a good idea but, having been outwitted by Satan, was unable to bring it to completion. Because Eve was deceived and Adam chose wrongly, God’s wonderful world has fallen into a great heap of suffering and confusion. So, like a burgeoning company that has outgrown its founder, it flails and thrashes, looking for identity and job security, installing and removing leaders, hoping against hope that someone with enough vision will make things even a little bit better. In spite of the fact that most perceive the situation as a great mistake, God’s beloved children grovel faithfully before Him, attempting to make their way through with as much law-abiding dignity as their circumstances allow.
This way of thinking makes us victims of God’s failings; though we aren’t directly responsible for getting ourselves into this mess, we somehow became responsible to get ourselves out of it. How ridiculous is that? God has never demanded that we work our way out of our bad choices or maneuver ourselves into His good graces. Relationships of this type are exhausting.
If however, God created the Garden of Eden with the fall of man in mind, then He is responsible for all of it. If He is completely Sovereign, if He is the Alpha and Omega, if all things are His servants, if He is the author and finisher of our faith, then all that is happening in the world—including our failures and our suffering—is ultimately His doing. Our response to God’s amazing plan of redemption need only be to give ourselves fully over to His transformational process: “Let us make man in our image…” He will use our past and future to bring this about. Like a flash of lightening illuminates the sky and for one glorious moment casts into brilliance all that exists, so will the meaning of our lives come into focus when we see the simplicity of God’s original intention!
Jesus has taken ALL the responsibility for every wrong choice from the beginning of time till now. For it was fitting that He, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. He died to bring about the ultimate will of the Father, making it possible for ALL to enter into the glorious process of transformation. We have been predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, and we all…beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.
- Considering the state of this world, how can we conclude God is both Sovereign and good?
- How does aligning our self with God’s plan for creation change my view of my life?
- What does it mean to be transformed?
This devotional isn’t a comprehensive Torah commentary. It only identifies themes that point to and reveal Yahweh’s Kingdom, Power, and Glory.
By Tamara Jeane