Last night i was reminded of a photograph I saw in a magazine, of Micheal Douglas and his father. It was put side by side, with a caption “Spitting Image”. It was obvious what they meant. The two faces in the photo, albeit different, were exact. It was not just a look-alike. The two men had identical faces – in shape, in size, in texture, in appearance, in carraige. It was a complete carbon copy.
The particular incident that triggered this recollection was my meditation session where I stumbled on this one verse of scripture I had read more than a dozen times before. Suddenly, it was new all over again.
“And God said, Let us make man in our image; after our likeness…” Gen 1:26.
Stop press! I mean, burn all the bibles; tear down all the churches. But just leave me that one incomplete phrase of the scriptures. And I would win all over again. For the first time in a very long time, I came to a very close understanding of what that scripture meant. I mean, they never really did it justice in Sunday school. We never really got the feel of it in Sunday service either. I think there is a place in the scriptures that says something about God revealing His secrets to his anointed ones. For me, this was an eye-opener.
If English means anything, an image is in actual fact a reflection, right? The mirror would be a good illustartion in this case. Looking in the mirror, what we see is more than a look alike. It’s our image – exact, complete, total. Or looking at your high school photograph. It’s not a look alike. It’s your image in print – exact, complete, total. So when God talks about making man in his image…hello…are we on the same thought pattern here? I mean, what does God see when he looks in the mirror? A tall, muscular dude? A fine, dive queen? A cuddly little baby? I think not. Remember, God is Spirit? John 4: 24. I mean, back in Genesis, man was created first before his body was formed, right? Hello….do I have a different version of Genesis 1 and 2? Ok, so when a Spirit looks in the mirror, what does he see? Don’t ask me to prove this but am believing the image that shows up is also a spirit. So if we put it all together, God’s image is Spirit, and if man was made in God’s image, man is Spirit. That’s wow!
But then, if that were all that would be just great. But this is the part that really bowls me over. I mean, look at it all over again. “Let us make man in our image; after our likeness…” At this point am doing a song and dance all over my little crib.
Because again, if all those years in English class paid off any, then to be “like something” means…..well like something. So when God talks about making man “after his likeness”, or in modern English, “just like me”, does that in even the slightest way insinuate that I am like God? In appearance(the image thing), in character, in thought, in action, in ability, in….it is at this point that the thought gets stageering. I mean, that would mean, I’m a mini-God; a kiddy-God; smaller version, but same stuff. Like the King and Queen of England, with their Prince. Same royalty. Same authority.
But wait, wait a minute….all of this was just a thought. I mean, that was an idea on God’s mind. He was just thinking aloud, right. he wouldn’t actually create something that would look just like him and be just like him, would he?
That’s when my song and dance turned into a crazy break dance when my eyes fell upon Genesis 1:27. Y’all gotta check this one out for yourself, cos at this point….i gotta do me a run!!!!!!