May 11, 2023 – Thursday
Genesis 1:27 NIV
27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
Think of this for a moment, both male and female are created in God’s image. Clearly the differences between men and women are meaningful and not accidents. He created them in His own image!
Guzik writes, It is vain to wonder if men or women are superior to the other. A man is absolutely superior at being a man. A woman is absolutely superior at being a woman. But when a man tries to be a woman or a woman tries to be a man, you have something inferior. I would add, not only inferior, but something contrary to God’s design. And it should go with saying, men are not women and women are not men … the chromosomes XX and XY tell the story in every cell of the body. In addition, one of the gloomiest signs of our current culture’s wickedness is the extent of gender confusion being foisted upon us nowadays.
Let’s look at our verse for today, 27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Not both at once, or both together, as some have incorrectly taught, but first the man out of the earth, and then the woman out of the man. First man as in Genesis 2:7, 7 Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.Then the woman from the man’s rib in 20b-22, 20b But for Adam no suitable helper was found. 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. Then came the following verses, 23 The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” 24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.
Ever wonder why male and female were created last? Gill states, There is a Jewish teach that man was made on the evening of the sabbath, to show he did not assist in the work of creation; and that if he was elated in his mind, it might be told to him that a fly was created before him. Definitely, a bit of humility is called for as a result.
27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. The Pulpit commentary brings attention to the threefold repetition of created in the verse for today stating, The threefold repetition of the term “created” should be observed as a significant negation of modern evolution theories as to the descent of man, and an emphatic proclamation of his Divine original.
Bottom Line: Both men and women are made in the image of God! Neither is superior to the other. Malachi 2:15c says for men So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful to the wife of your youth.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for creating us, male and female that we may be joined together as one flesh and one purpose, to follow You in body and spirit. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton