Monday, December 1st, 2014
Images (Part 2)
Then God said, 'Let Us make man in Our Image, according to Our likeness;' So God created man in His Own Image; in the Image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
Genesis 1:26-27 (NKJV)
Your Hands have made me and fashioned me, an intricate unity.
Job 10:8 (NKJV)
O Lord, You are our Father,
We are the clay, and You our Potter;
And all of us are the work of Your Hand.
Isaiah 64:8 (NASB)
What an incredible honor God gave mankind when He made us in His Image! Although He created His mighty angels before us, even they can't claim this special status. How very great His plans for us.* How very great His love: to give us such a visible position among all creation.
So consider these Words: 'The earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God... because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God' (Romans 8:19-21).
What does this mean? Does every animal, bird, sea and forest yearn for us? Do they yearn for the peace of the Garden of Eden? The harmony of Heaven? Do they yearn for an unpolluted world without violence? Yes! God made us 'To rule over the works' of His Hands.**
'When this is effected, Satan, sin, death, misery, and all wicked creatures, will be consigned to hell; and the rest of God's creation will appear glorious, pure, beautiful, orderly, and happy; in every respect answering the end for which it was formed' (Benson Commentary on Romans 8:20-21).***
Actors, models and talent for Christ: You are God's great reveal. Before your parents met each other, God conceived the idea of you. He gave you gifts and talents. He made you in His Image, to represent Him at such a time as this.
Although the sinful act of Adam corrupted the world, the sinless sacrifice of Jesus saved it. Now, it's your job to continue His work: to set the captives free. In your specific field, these captives include every man, woman and child controlled by media.
Because media is controlled by the media meister: 'The prince of the power of the air' (Ephesians 2:2), who is Satan. As you well know, this great deceiver encourages them to different images.
To Be Continued...
* 'Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations' (Jeremiah 1:5).
* ' 'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future' ' (Jeremiah 29:11).
** 'You make him to rule over the works of Your Hands;
You have put all things under his feet,
All sheep and oxen,
And also the beasts of the field,
The birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea,
Whatever passes through the paths of the seas' (Psalm 8:6-8).
** 'Let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth' (Genesis 1:26).
*** Bible Commentaries on Romans 8:20: http://biblehub.com/commentaries/romans/8-20.htm
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Images series.