The Sixth Day Was When God Created Man and ‘The Creatures That Move Along the Ground’

By Austin Roscoe Published on April 28, 2018

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Day Six. This is the part where we come in.

“And God said, ‘Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds'” and “Let us make mankind in our image.” (Genesis 1:24a, 26a)

God Created Man

On the sixth day of creation, after piecing together the universe and all the facets of earth, God made the pinnacle of His creation: Mankind, in His own image.

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I can hardly imagine God’s joy when He finished making Adam and Eve. I suspect the closest reference we have is the love parents feel when they see their newborn child for the first time. But it can hardly compare, for He already knew how the story would end — and every moment in between.

He knew each of us, and the lives we’d live. He knew the choices every child of His would make. He knew of the glorious conclusion, when the remnant would finally abide with Him forever. And He knew the cost.

He decided it was all worth it.

On the Sixth Day…

Let’s thank God today for His great sovereignty. For His mercy and compassion towards us. For His provision, and yes, for our furry friends too.

Genesis 1.24-31 Living Creatures and Mankind - 900

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  • Trilemma

    Here’s how the Darby Translation translates Genesis 1:24, 29-30.

    24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth living souls after their kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth, after their kind. And it was so.
    29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb producing seed that is on the whole earth, and every tree in which is the fruit of a tree producing seed: it shall be food for you;
    30 and to every animal of the earth, and to every fowl of the heavens, and to everything that creepeth on the earth, in which is a living soul, every green herb for food. And it was so.

    The Hebrew word translated “soul” in these verses is usually translated “soul” when it refers to humans and something else when it refers to animals. But there is no reason to do that other than to obscure what the Bible says about animals. It’s clear that according to the Bible that animals are living souls just like humans.

    • Ken Abbott

      But only men and women (humans) possess the imago Dei.

      • Trilemma

        What exactly is this, “Image of God,” that man was created in?

        • Ken Abbott

          “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’ So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:26-27)

          “Image” and “likeness” are synonyms. From various passages of Scripture, we learn they include such characteristics as righteousness and holiness and knowledge. Believers in Christ are to be conformed to his likeness and will someday be like him. So there is an analogy between the being and God and the being of humans that is unique in creation. God is a different, a higher order of being, so such comparisons are always analogous, but they are at least parallel.

          I suggest looking the term up in a good dictionary of theology if you want to learn more.

          • Trilemma

            Is every person created righteous, holy and full of knowledge? If people are to be conformed to the likeness of God then they were not created in the likeness of God to start with. If each human being is created in the image of God, that means every Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, atheist, etc. was created in the image of God. Even Hitler, Pol Pot, Stalin, Mao Zedong, etc. were each created in the image of God. Whatever the image of God is, it can’t be something that only Christians have.

          • Ken Abbott

            Those were the characteristics of our first parents, but the fall into rebellion and sin marred and defaced the image of God within them and all their progeny. The image is not destroyed; it is like a badly cracked mirror that can no longer convey a true likeness, although aspects of the image can still be perceived. All humans have this image, no matter how relatively good or evil. We speak of Christians being conformed to the image of Christ as sanctification, a repair and restoration process for the marred image of the natural man.

  • Trilemma

    He knew each of us, and the lives we’d live.

    God knew that if He created humans that the vast majority of us would have to suffer eternal conscious torment in a fiery hell. God knew that only a tiny minority would end up worshipping Him for all eternity.

    He decided it was all worth it.

    • Ken Abbott

      I have some difficulty squaring “a tiny minority” with “a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language” (Revelation 7:9).

      • Trilemma

        What percentage of all humanity, past, present and future, do you think will end up in heaven? What percentage of people living in the Americas or Asia prior to missionaries end up in heaven? What percentage of Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, etc. end up in heaven? What percentage of Catholics, Methodists, Episcopalians, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, etc. end up in heaven?

        • Ken Abbott

          Scripture doesn’t provide us with statistics on salvation, T. All I can tell you is that anyone who dies outside of Christ will perish in his/her sins; that much we know for sure. But God is sovereign, the Spirit blows where he will, and no one is beyond the reach of God.

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