Firm Foundation Bible Study

Lesson 07 – Three truths about God.
Genesis 1:27

In this lesson, we are going to learn three truths about God.  In English, we call an action word, a verb.  Look with me at Genesis 1:27 and let us find the three verbs.

Genesis 1:27 – “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”

What is the first verb?  “So God created man in his own image…”  It is the word created.

What is the next verb?  “… in the image of God created he him…”  It is the same word created.

What is the last verb? “… Male and female created he them.”  It is the same word created.

The verb, created, is used three times in this verse.  Let us study each of these three phrases and see what it teaches us about God.

In the first phrase, we read “So God created man in his own image…”  The word, “so”, means to summarize.  God is summing up what has happened thus far.

God wants you to know that man is more important than nature. Where did man come from?  When did he begin?  Man began when God created him on day six.

There are people who have other explanations for where man came from, but I am not interested in man’s ideas or theories.  I want to know what God says in the Bible. 

Why?  Because God is the only one who can tell us what happened since He was the only one here in the beginning.  And God tells us that He created man.

In the second phrase, we read “… in the image of God created he him…”   When God created man, He made him very different from the rest of His creation. 

God made man in His image. We studied what that meant in the last lesson, so, you can review that lesson if you need to.  The animals were not created in the image of God. Mankind is not an animal.

God did not make you to do whatever you feel like doing.  You were created to act and live the way God would act and live. That is our purpose.

In the third phrase, we read “… Male and female created he them.”  God created both a man and a woman.  Both were made in the image of God.

Some people believe that men are more important than women.  In many cultures, you will find that women are treated with less respect than men.  That is not the case with God. 

God designed men and women to have different roles, but both were made in the image of God. 

Both men and women are equal in God’s eyes.  Men are not more important than women.  When God made man and woman, there was equality between the two. 

Today, we often see that men do not always treat women right.  Sometimes, women do not treat men right.  This is the result of a sin problem that came into our world after God created man.

Man’s sin problem is not God’s fault.  He did not bring evil and suffering to this world.  It is the result of man’s choice to not act and live the way God designed us to. 

But God knew that man would disobey and had a plan to fix man’s sin problem.  It is important to understand what happened so that you can come into a right relationship with God.

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Questions Lesson 7

1. The three action words in Genesis 1:27 are the same word, what is it?  __________

2. According to the Bible, nature is more important to God than man.   
a. True
b. False

3. According to Genesis 1:27, God created man in whose image?     
a. God            
b. Animals           
c. Angels

4. According to Genesis 1:27, God created man different from the rest of his creation. 
a. True            
b. False

5. According to the Bible, man’s purpose in life is to live and act the way God would. 
a. True            
b. False

6. According to Genesis 1:27, both man and woman was created in God’s image.
a. True            
b. False

7.  According to the Bible, God created men to be more important than women. 
a. True
b. False

8.  According to the Bible, man’s sin problem is God’s fault.          
a. True            
b. False

9. According to the Bible, God brought evil and suffering into the world.   
a. True       
b. False

10. According to the Bible, God knew man would sin and had a plan to fix man’s sin problem.         
a. True            
b. False

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