The Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.Genesis 1:2b NIV
God blessed them and said, “be fruitful and increase in numbers and fill the waters in the seas.”Genesis 1:22 NIV
The command to be fruitful and multiply wasn’t given to just Adam and Eve, but to the fish in the sea, the birds in the skies and all other animals.
Then God said, “let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the bird in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”Genesis 1:26 NIV
Because God is Spirit, there can be no ‘likeness’ or ‘image’ of Him in the normal sense of the word, therefore God’s ‘image’ in mankind refers to the specific morals, ethics and intellectual abilities. We were placed in this world to be living symbols of God and to represent His reign. (NIV Starting Place Study Bible, 2019).
ELOHIM: standard Hebrew term for deity.
- This is in the plural form of majesty or intensity. Being that it’s in the plural, it therefor means “the fullness of deity“.
- The use of the plural gives room for the future introduction of the trinity (Gen. 11:7; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1-3).
- #foodforthought: when God says “let us make mankind in our image” (1:26) He is not speaking to the Angels, but to pre-incarnation of Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
Seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it.Genesis 1:11-12 NIV
God not only created plant life, but He also set into motion the process that makes plant reproduce: seed.
Fill the earth and subdue it.Genesis 1:28 NIV
“subdue” does not mean to ‘destroy’ or ‘ruin it’, it means to ‘act as managers who have authority to run everything as God planned.’ (NIV Starting Place Study Bible, 2019).
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