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.”
27 So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Genesis 1:26-28
We’ve been talking a lot about the role of gender and relationships lately in class at Talbot. Why were we created male and female? Well, the account of creation tells us that our gender is a reflection of God’s triune nature. The Trinity is such a tricky thing: one God yet three persons in the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. I used to just want to change the subject whenever the topic came up, but more and more I am seeing the beauty and complexity of our God. I suppose if we could neatly explain and define our God, He wouldn’t be much of a God to worship.
According to this passage, God’s image is reflected in our being male and female, suggesting that just by ourselves we would not be able to know fully our creator God. And how true that is. My wife has shown me aspects of God that I never experienced, particular his tenderness and compassion. Priscilla, thank you for bringing me to a deeper, more intimate relationship with God. Happy birthday, I love you.