Let Us Make Man
In a previous post, I shared the Bible Basic that God exists eternally and that the Bible is His special revelation of Himself and His eternal plan. I also pointed out that God has made known that mankind is the special focus of His attention and affection. In Ge 1.26 we read, “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” (Ge 1.26)
Made For A Purpose
“Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.” (Ge 2.15) Moreover, the Psalmist exclaims, “What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. (Psalms 8.4,5)
God supplied an abundance of the essentials that man would need to sustain him. He communed with men, showing that He desired fellowship with them and had a Divine Design for them.
The thing that interrupted this Divine Design was that man, who was given moral freedom, made a tragic and far-reaching wrong choice. God set loving and gracious parameters for obedience or disobedience. The serpent beguiled Eve, who beguiled Adam, and they chose to obey Satan rather than the Lord. The Apostle Paul explained to the Roman Church, “…through one man (Adam) sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned….” (Rom 5.12)
Following these sobering revelations, the Apostle assured the Romans, “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s (Christ’s) obedience many will be made righteous.” (Rom. 5.19)
Space will not allow for a lengthy review of all the circumstances involving man’s continual fickleness toward His Creator. However, in His special revelation from Genesis to Revelation, the Lord unfolded an eternal plan, a Divine Design, for the objects of His special affection and attention.
Sometimes life’s circumstances deal with us in ways that leave us feeling that nobody knows or cares about us. We ask ourselves how we got into the mess we find ourselves in, and what it all means. Is there any answer to our problems? The answer is “YES!” Each of us has been Divinely Designed. We have been made in God’s image. We are the special objects of His love and He has a special plan for our lives.
He has provided us with an array of indicators or reminders of how special we are to Him. These are seen throughout the Bible, but we will look at just one small section, Psalm 139, that reminds us how our Creator is concerned with our lives.
First, He knows us. He knew us before we were formed, even while we were in our mother’s womb, vv. 13, 15,16. In verse 6, the Psalmist exclaims, “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; I cannot attain it.” God knows us when we are sitting down. He knows us when we are rising up. He knows where we are going. He knows when we are sleeping.
He is acquainted with our ways, v. 3b. That is, He knows what we are thinking, He knows why we do the things we do, and why we act the way we act. He hears the things we say. He has hedged us in and laid His hand upon us. He is present wherever we are, Vv. 7-12. What a description of the One who has fearfully and wonderfully made us! (v.14) I ask you, “How are we to respond to such a One?”
And, yet, there is one other special way that He has shown us how He loves us and cares about us. Knowing and loving us as He did, He planned before the foundation of the world to provide for us a way of deliverance from the very real problems that we face in our struggle with the effects of sin and rebellion. That way of deliverance was very costly but is freely offered to every creature who will accept it. Jesus, God’s one and only Son, became a man so that He could shed His blood once for all as the sacrifice necessary to atone for sin and justify all who believe.
You see, sin is an insult to the holy and loving God. At the risk of being repetitious, it says in essence that mankind chooses to trust Satan rather than God for his well-being. What can man do that would be more offensive than that, especially in view of the fact that God’s one and only Son gave His life, bearing the sin of the whole world on an old rugged cross.
You may ask why I am writing like this. My reply, having done what He did to reconcile the world to Himself, our Creator and Savior has, “committed to us the word of reconciliation.” This is a Timeless Bible Basic. I have preached it most of my life, and I feel that I must do it as long as I live. Please receive it with my love for you and for our Divine Designer.
I leave you with this apostolic benediction to the Hebrews, “Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well-pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. (Heb. 13.20,21)