Formations lesson for Jan. 19: Male and Female
January 3 2003 by Robbin B. Mundy , Genesis 1:26-27; 2:18-25; Matthew 18:19-20

Formations lesson for Jan. 19: Male and Female | Friday, Jan. 3, 2003

Friday, Jan. 3, 2003

Formations lesson for Jan. 19: Male and Female

By Robbin B. Mundy Genesis 1:26-27; 2:18-25; Matthew 18:19-20

Creation has a rhythm about it. God speaks, there is a response, and God declares, "That's good." Day by day, God spoke into creation plant-life, sea-life, sky-life, and animal-life. But when God created humankind, the cadence changed. Things were different. God spoke, there was a response, it was declared good and then God spoke to the created subject - giving instructions. Up until this point God's creations appeared but had no specific assignment. Now there is a created subject that is in the likeness of God. The instructions were to care for the created, for each other (and ultimately for the relationship with the creator). A conversation began between God and humankind.

Created in the image and likeness (Genesis 1:26-27) What does God look like? Children try to help us by offering their own illustrations. They begin an illustration, run look in a mirror and then return to their masterpiece to add the final touches.

Look into a mirror. Look long enough to see past the body parts, past the facial features, and deep into the heart of the person staring back at you. There, now you can begin to "see" what God is like. This simple exercise is not simple at all, it is transforming! God will sharpen your view so you can see the most wonderful part of creation, YOU - because you are "fearfully and wonderfully made" (Psalm 139:14).

We are not little doll look-alikes or copies of a masterpiece. Our physical appearance probably has very little to do with figuring out God's image. When we were children we could grasp little more in this lesson than an introductory idea of being created in God's image, it was a snap-shot theology! But now that we are adults, it is our responsibility to look deeper (1 Corinthians 13:11).

Imagine for a moment that God is like the metronome in a middle school band room. The metronome provides a steady beat and the students are to listen to it, hear it, concentrate on it, feel it and even anticipate it so they can tap their foot to match it. Then they lift their instrument and begin to match the beat by playing notes. The brass, woodwinds, and percussionists feel and follow the beat. Feeling the beat comes easily for some but others have to work very hard at it. Nonetheless, with practice they learn to play on cue and complete the full sound of the band. Without each section the band would be incomplete. Without the beat, the band could never play a tune. God's plan insists on us working together.

Together and not alone (Genesis 2:18-25) Over and over in scripture we discover that God is relational. It was not good for God to be alone - so God created. The animals of the ground and birds of the air did not satisfy the desired relationship, though God said it was all good! God found satisfaction in the deeper relationship possible with the creation of humankind. Realizing the benefits of the deeper relationship, God created humankind in its most complete form, male and female.

With God (Matthew 18:19-20) Our relational God continues to find ways to assure us that we are not alone. Placed in its proper context, this very familiar passage is a response to church discipline. Just as we have been given the responsibility to guard over and care for animal and plant life, God intends us to be care-givers of all our relationships. The key to the passage is, "where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them." Hear the implied warning! When dealing with the most sensitive issues congregations face - relationships, we must be certain we are gathered together in the name of the Most High and not drawn together in our own human biases. God is patient and kind. God is forgiving. God is amazing. Amazing and healing responses result when we gather in the spirit and truth of our creator.

Conclusion Created in God's image? What does that really mean to us and for us? Humbled by the touch of the master's hand, empowered by the created order, enriched by relationships, and nurtured by the company of the Master - we are transformed into the image of God. So, maybe this would be a good time to do a little mirror gazing, just remember to stay long enough for a conversation with the Master.

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1/3/2003 12:00:00 AM by Robbin B. Mundy , Genesis 1:26-27; 2:18-25; Matthew 18:19-20 | with 0 comments
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