Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Who Do We Look Like?

When Adam was 130 years old he had a son named Seth who was "in his likeness" and "according to his image."  What strikes me about the Bible's description of Seth is that the language used is the exact same language as God's description of humanity.  Genesis 1:26 reads, "Then God said, 'Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness....'"  However, there's a problem.  Between Genesis 1 and Genesis 4 is Genesis 3.  You see, with Genesis 3 the image of humanity becomes a mixed image.  Humanity receives the knowledge, and therefore the attributes, of both good and evil.  Being made in the image of Adam now has a very, very different meaning then being made in the image of God.  It's not a flattering difference, but I don't think it's a hopeless difference because although humanity has added evil to it's repertoire, it has retained its ability and desire for good.  So the question becomes, who do we want to look like?  Now don't misunderstand me.  I am not suggesting we can change the fabric of who we are (the image of Adam) just by wishing it, or even by trying really, really hard.  However, if God showed us anything by sending his Son it was that he was willing to accept us as we are while transforming us into who we were meant to be.  We can now, by the grace of God, be made into the image and likeness of Jesus, and that changes everything.  So...who do you look like?

Stopping point: Genesis 7

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