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Daily Reading: Genesis 5:1-7:24 ESV, Matthew 3:7-4:11 ESV, Psalm 3:1-8 ESV, Proverbs 1:10-19 ESV

Daily Verse: “This is the book of the generations of Adam. When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God.” (Genesis 5:1 ESV)

DEMUTH: Hebrew root word for LIKENESS. “Resemblance, model shape. Signifies the original after which a thing is patterned.” [i]

Modeled after God.

When God created us, He made us in His image.  God the original, us patterned after Him.  Our worth comes from God, nothing else.  Made in God’s image means we have value.  Physical appearance, economic or social standing, none of those things determine our merit. 

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27 ESV)

Despite our sinful nature, God created us in His image.  God lets us choose what we do with His presence in our lives.  We can ignore our Creator, or we can embrace Him.  God doesn’t force Himself on us.

Created without sin.

God created Adam without sin, allowing Adam to experience communion with God.  However, when Adam’s sinful nature rebelled against God, he became alienated from his relationship with God.

“Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed. for God made man in his own image.” (Genesis 9:6 ESV)

Sinning against our fellow man offends the image of God in us. Sin separates us from our Creator.  Jesus repairs the relationship.  Acknowledging our misdeeds and accepting responsibility for our sins allow us to reconnect intimately with God.

Commune with your maker today.  Confess your sins, lay them at the foot of the Cross.  Embrace God’s image within you.  Allow God to lead your life.

[i] Strong, J., & Strong, J. (2010). The New Strong’s expanded exhaustive concordance of the Bible. (p. 64) Thomas Nelson

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