Andrea Lucado on God’s First Image Bearers

So God created man in his own image;
he created him in the image of God;
he created them male and female.  Genesis 1:27

The perk of having a father who writes children’s books is that as you grow older, you have access to your father’s most treasured words in illustrated, bound form. For me, these words are recorded in a book he wrote way back in 1992 called Just in Case You Ever Wonder. The book was written to my two sisters and me as a promise that our dad would always be around and that he would always love us. He wrote promises like:

I’ll always love you.
I’ll always hug you.
I’ll always be on your side.
And I want you to know that…just in case you ever wonder.

Even though I was only six years old when this book came out, I knew it was special to have a book written for the purpose of showing me how much my dad loved me, just in case I ever wondered.

The older I get, the more I see this message in Scripture, from the very beginning.

It’s easy to read the story of Adam and Eve and The Fall and feel guilt and shame. We know we are equally guilty of sin and deserving of the consequences Adam and Eve received. But each time I read their story, I am less struck by the humans’ behavior and more focused on God’s. I realized I have taken for granted how incredibly close God is to His creation in these verses.

He’s so close that He “breathed the breath of life into [Adam’s] nostrils” (Genesis 2:7). He’s so involved with His creation that when He saw the man was lonely, He reached down His hand, took one of Adam’s ribs, closed the flesh, and “made the rib He had taken from the man into a woman” (Genesis 2:22).

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Andrea Lucado

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