In Times Like These
The creation account emphasizes God’s power as He brings all things into existence through divine decree. God’s creative activity occurs over six days in Gen 1:3–31. The account ends with the description of God’s rest on the seventh day in 2:1–3
image, likeness, i.e., that which is a pattern, model, or example of something (Ge 1:26, 27(2×); 5:3; 9:6+), note: the exact reference of whether this is moral, ethical, physical, nature, etc. is not clear;
Times Square Costumed Characters Don't Live Up To Their Image
Jesus brings His people into conformity with His own image—that is, the image of the Son of God (Rom. 8:29). People are changed into the same image, from glory to glory, by the Spirit of the Lord (2 Cor. 3:18). Conformity to the image of Jesus Christ is achieved through the process of sanctification, which was ultimately completed at the resurrection. Thus, as we grow in our relationship with God, we begin to reflect the “image” of Christ more and more. And, when Jesus returns, our bodies will be changed to be like His glorious body (Phil. 3:21). Restoration to the image of Christ moves us beyond the sinful body. All believers will be transformed—the “image” of the earthly will then be exchanged for the “image” of the heavenly (1 Cor. 15:49).
In recent years, a famous tennis player, Andrew Agassi, advertising for a camera company, was fond of saying, “Image is everything.” The Bible also has its “image” motto: “People are created in God’s image.” Whereas the advertisement promotes physical image, the Bible promotes people’s spiritual image.
Human beings are unique among all creatures in that they were created to be like God. Genesis 1:26–27 teaches that God determined to create man and woman in His own “image” and “likeness” and that they would have dominion over the animal creation.
Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying,
Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit,
Saith the Lord of hosts.
The day of rest laid down for the people of God. The OT treated the seventh day of the week (Saturday) as the Sabbath, a custom continued in modern Judaism. The Christian church, in recognition of the importance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, observed a day of rest on the first day of the week (Sunday).
Sabbath, in OT
The Sabbath of rest is grounded in God’s work of creation. Observance of a Sabbath day is distinctive of the people of God