Have you ever considered what makes humans so unique? Consider a dog, cat, monkey, or any animal. Yes, they have eyes, ears, and mouths. Yes, they communicate in their own way, but they are not like humans. Humans are in a class in their own way.
Why? It begins with the fact that humans are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27).
But there's one more piece of our uniqueness and that related to God's relationship with us. When God created the rest of creation, he spoke it into existence. That's amazing. And God said it was good. But that's not what happens with mankind.
Genesis 2:7 captures this unique creation: "Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature."
God got down and created mankind out of the dust of the ground. He shaped him. He molded him like a painter, canvas, and paint. But he didn't form man and walked away. He got intimate with His creation. He got down and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils.
God saw His creation and said it was good. He saw that cat, dog, monkey, and animals and said, "good." But after God intimately created man and breathed life into him, He said it was "very good."
Now we know the reason why.
Reflect: Read Genesis 1:26-2:25. What does this passage teach us about our original nature and character? Our purpose and tasks? Our likeness to the animals and God?
Respond: What will you do to cultivate a deeper intimacy with God?
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