This story changed my world! Genesis is the beginning of all life. This story sets the stage for the rest of the Bible, and for all of our interactions with God and with others. This is where it all begins.
What if I told you that God didn’t create a patriarchal society? What if I told you that God didn’t give Adam dominion over Eve, or that Eve wasn’t created for a subservient position? What if I told you that all of this is laid out in Genesis? Understanding these truths makes all the difference in the world. This is foundational for Kingdom living.
We are all pretty familiar with the Genesis story of creation and the fall.
26 Then God said, “Let us make human beings[b] in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth,[c] and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”
27 So God created human beings[d] in his own image.
In the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
28 Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”
29 Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food. 30 And I have given every green plant as food for all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that scurry along the ground—everything that has life.” And that is what happened.
31 Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good!
What I love about Genesis 1 is that everything spoken to, about and over humans, were spoken to, about and over both Adam and Eve!! “Let Us make human beingS, in Our image, to be like Us”. BeingS (plural). “THEY will reign over…” “In the image of God He created THEM; male AND female He created them.” “God blessed THEM and said…”
This is the original blessing spoken over ALL mankind. God included women in this! This is so beautiful and reveals so much of the nature of God’s love for us!
So, Genesis 1 amazingly depicts the gender equality that God intended. Adam and Eve are in full harmony with each other. They are created and commissioned together, not one reigning over the other. In fact THEY are to reign over all of creation together! This is the beautiful, most perfect, original design!
What comes next? Genesis 2