The Sixth Day…

5 Jan

The Sixth Day…

It was warm Friday afternoon where Grandfather and I were sitting under a tree next to the river fishing, when he said under the Hebrew calendar this is the sixth day of the week and being the sixth day it is very important that we understand why it is so important to man.

There is something about the sixth day that we just seem to overlook, either because we were never taught its importance or never give it any thought.

Genesis 1:26-27 And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of heaven and over the cattle and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.

Yes, on the sixth day God made us in His image. God caused man to bear the image of God, an image of glory and perfection.

It was also on the sixth day, the day of redemption, man caused God, through Jesus, to bear the image of fallen man, as one who had fallen, as one found guilty, and as one cast out. All that was the image of man’s fall.

2Corinthians 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

So God was judged as a blasphemer because blasphemy was the sin of man. Man passed judgement on God, because man himself was under judgement. As God had made man in the image of God’s glory, man now made God in the image of man’s guilt and degradation. As God has made Adam in His Image, it was now Adam making God in the image of Adam, as one who has transgressed, under judgement and condemned to death, cursed and separated from God. When you look at the cross, you are beholding God in the image of man.

Why, you ask, would God allow Himself to be abused and degraded?

Galatians 3:13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.”

God allowed Himself to bear the image of man, that man might again be allowed to bear the image of God. God allowed Himself to bear the image of fallen man, that man might bear the image of the risen God.

Your challenge is to make it your goal that your life would become a reflection of His life, your heart a reflection of His heart. Allow Him to make you and form you into His Image. For God bore your image in His death that you, in your life, could bear the image of God. Live today in the image and nature of God!

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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