Image of God

So if you lived in ancient bible times odds are you lived under the authority of a king And many of these kings claimed that they were Gods and they would even call themselves the Image of God Meaning they had authority to tell people what to do order things to be made Yah, they got to define good and evil And these kings would often make statues of themselves which in hebrew were called Tselem often translated as idol or image But for Israel they didn’t view their kings as the God. In fact they were never supposed to even make images of God. It’s exactly right and that was really unique for that time and culture. This is rooted first of all in Israel’s belief that you can´t reduce the creator God down to any one thing in creation. But there is another reason. PEOPLE AREN’T TO MAKE IMAGE OF GOD BECAUSE GOD HAS ALREADY MADE IMAGE OF HIMSELF. When did he do that Lets go to page 1 of the bible and the first person we meet there is God. He is the one with authority over all creation. He speaks and the creation obeys and He defines what is good and not good In other words, He alone is King but then surprisingly as the pinnacle of all of God’s creative work He makes humans. and he calls all of them the Image of God So he gives all humans the authority to rule Exactly. That is what He goes on to say. He tells the humans to subdue the earth and to rule it. And so this task, that once belonged only to elite kings is here in the bible, the task of every human being This was a revolutionary statement in its day because all humans are being called to rule and to participate in the human project. So what does this mean, I mean, how are we all supposed to rule. So, the picture we get in Genesis is gardening, “Gardening?!” Yes, Gardening. So, they rule the earth by cultivating it, by harnessing all of the earth’s raw potential and then making something more and new out of it So, growing food for each other. Yes, but that also includes growing families which then becomes neighborhoods and then they create communities where people are going to work and take care of each other and build businesses and cities and will expand to new places and so on So, ruling is really the day to day acts of our work and creativity Yes, we take the world somewhere This is humanity’s divine and sacred task. This all sounds really nice And humans have designed some pretty great things But just as often we create things that cause a lot of sufferring and a lot of injustice So, maybe we shouldn’t actually be ruling Yah, so the bible addresses this In Genesis, what happens is that God gives humans a choice of how they are going to rule. So, are they going to use their authority for the benefit of others which is God’s definition of good Or are they going to turn away and define good and evil for themselves and use their authority for self advantage and in the story they choose to define good and evil on their own terms And so this is the bible’s depiction of the human condition so sometimes we pull off amazingly good stuff but just as often despite our best intentions we act selfishly and we create evil in the world and so we are stuck as mediocre rulers making a mess of things But that’s not the end of the story so, the bible goes on and makes this claim that all of this was resolved when God bound himself to humanity through Jesus and He showed us what it looks like to truly rule as a human So what does it look like Well, Jesus ruled by serving and by seeking the best for others by putting himself underneath them and loving not just His friends but also His enemies And that’s not a typical way to rule And not only that Jesus confronted the consequences of all the evil and death that we have created by our messed up ways of ruling and he takes it, I mean he lets it kill Him And so, when the new testament writers looked back to Jesus’s resurrection they see a whole new future opening up for all humanity Jesus is a new way to be human Yah, that’s why they call Jesus the Image of God or New Human And not only that they also believe that Jesus is divine life and power is now available to heal and transform us to become our life and power and this sounds really nice but what does it really look like So, practically the apostle Paul said it looks like people being filled by Jesus’s own presence and spirit filled with love and joy and peace and patience and kindness and goodness and integrity and gentleness and self control He says this is the new humanity that God wants to create in us. So that we become people in whom God’s image is being restored people who will move the human project forward and that’s actually how the story of the bible ends It’s a renewed world where God is on His throne and His servants are all around Him But they are the ones ruling over this new world Taking it into new uncharted territory with Jesus as their healer and their God. Thanks for watching this channel We do this because we believe the bible is one unified narrative that leads to Jesus It has profound wisdom for the modern world So we are making different video series some that walk people through the design and message of books of the bible or whole sections of the bible We also do a series that take one biblical theme and trace that through the whole narrative arch of the bible kinda like the one you just watched and we have a lot more series coming up that we have planned The Bible project is possible because of your support, so if some people give one time gifts and there is a growing number of monthly supporters as well and we are all behind this. we want to make these videos free and available to anyone anywhere. Yah, you can join us and be a part of this Go to You can give there. There is also downloadable stuff like full res videos study guides, posters. 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