Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so. God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
Fascinating Facts About Creation
Day 1 - Light before sun, moon, and stars
Day 2 - Does not say it is good
Day 3 - plants before sun, moon, and stars
Day 4 - Signs and seasons and for days and years
Day 5 - Filed the oceans and seas with every living creature and great sea monsters
Day 6 - Every living creature on land
Uniqueness of man - made in the image of God
We are given dominion over the fish, birds, animals, and even the earth.
Repetition of the word "created"
This word is used at only three points in the creation narrative: first, when God created matter from nothing (v. 1); second, when God created conscious life (v. 21); and third, when God created man.
Francis Schaeffer - "It is as though God put exclamation points here to indicate that there is something special about the creation of man."
And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE,
Marriage - What God has joined together, let not man separate.
“Will you really annul My judgment? Will you condemn Me that you may be justified?
And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.
Five commands given to us
Be fruitful - only between a man and woman
Multiply - Children are a blessing from the Lord
Rule over fish, bird, and every living creature
They said, “Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name, otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”
So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city.