26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
29 And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. 30 Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. 31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
When YHWH created humankind, we read in Genesis Chapter One just how much He cared for His creation and, indeed, how He still does care for us. If we analyse the few verses above, we can see YHWH’s bountiful provision for us:
- YHWH created us in His Own image (v 26); He made us to look like Himself rather than like one of the angelic beings which reside in the Heavenly realms. He made us like His Son, Yeshua. We read in Colossians Chapter 1:
₁₅He (Yeshua) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. ₁₆For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
Now the thrones, dominions, principalities, powers (strongholds, seraphim and cherubim), together with the angels, are all beings from YHWH’s creation which do not look like humans. (note: angels are able to transform into human character if needed and there are many verses pertaining to this, such as: Hebrews 13v2” Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”). We can read many verses in the bible about these varied angelic beings and the picture we get is very different from what humankind looks like.
In the book of Revelation 4:8, we read:
Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”
Also in the book of Ezekiel Chapter 1 we read:
10 As for the likeness of their faces, each had the face of a man; each of the four had the face of a lion on the right side, each of the four had the face of an ox on the left side, and each of the four had the face of an eagle. 11 Thus were their faces. Their wings stretched upward; two wings of each one touched one another, and two covered their bodies. 12 And each one went straight forward; they went wherever the spirit wanted to go, and they did not turn when they went.
15 Now as I looked at the living creatures, behold, a wheel was on the earth beside each living creature with its four faces. 16 The appearance of the wheels and their workings was like the colour of beryl, and all four had the same likeness. The appearance of their workings was, as it were, a wheel in the middle of a wheel. 17 When they moved, they went toward any one of four directions; they did not turn aside when they went. 18 As for their rims, they were so high they were awesome; and their rims were full of eyes, all around the four of them. 19 When the living creatures went, the wheels went beside them; and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up.
- YHWH gave us dominion over all the creatures of the earth (v 26 -28). So we have some kind of authority over all these creatures but I would surmise that it is an authority with a responsibility; these creatures are given for our pleasure and wonderment, to be subdued by us in a compassionate manner. Barrett Duke writes: “We often quote Matthew 10:29-31 to emphasize God’s concern for humans. In this passage, Jesus helped his listeners grasp the extent of God’s concern for them: If God cares about the death of a common bird, he certainly cares about the needs of humans. That isn’t all we learn from this passage, however. Jesus also gave us insight into God’s attitude toward animals. True, humans are “more valuable” than a common little bird, but Jesus didn’t say that animals have no value to God. In comparison to humans, the little sparrow has little value, but God still values the life of that little sparrow enough to be moved by its death. It isn’t just that God notices the sparrow’s death, like one might notice that the wind is blowing. Jesus wanted his listeners to understand that God is emotionally invested in that sparrow. He cares about what happens to it; he just cares more about what happens to people. Once we acknowledge that God is emotionally invested in birds, i.e., animals, as well as humans, we are now talking only about a difference in the degree to which he is, not whether or not he is.”₁
I will continue to review YHWH’s provision for us in my next article.
I leave you with Yeshua’s message from Matthew 11v28:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”