And Behold, It Was Very Good

We are finishing up our series on how Genesis 1 shows us the character of God. Let’s read these final verses, and then recap the character traits we’ve observed.

26 Then God said, “Let us make man[a] in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and 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 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
Which of the character traits we’ve noted do you see in these verses?
  • God is omnipresent/eternal – He could foresee man filling the earth
  • God is a creator – God created man in his own image
  • God is considerate planner, thinker – God had created things in a specific order
  • God has a form; He is capable of movement
  • God is the source of light
  • God works in opposites  – male and female he created them
  • God names and renames – my Bible’s footnote said “The Hebrew word for man (adam) is the generic term for mankind and becomes the proper name Adam.”
  • God works over time – And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
  • God is orderly – He had to complete creation before he could give man dominion. 
  • God is decisive – He made things, He moved on.
  • God builds in support – male and female he created them. (In Genesis 2, we see that man was not fit to live alone, and thus was the woman created from the very bones of the man.)
  • God supplies diversity – The variety of plants and animals.
  • God supplies reproduction – Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth
  • God is constant and unchanging – God follows the pattern He set forth the previous days, in that God creates the next thing, sees that it is good, and the day has evening and morning.

I’m going to add a few more descriptors of God’s character that I see here, to round out the list:

  • God reigns! – He made man in his image and then gave them dominion; God has dominion over all.
  • God blesses! – In both reproduction and in abundance of supply, God blesses us. He gives us more than we need.
  • God judges – He saw that his creation was good, and He was moved to declare it so.

The Bible doesn’t say God was indifferent, or God was curious what would happen next, or God asked someone else what they thought. God was the judge, and he saw that it was good. Actually, not just good, but very good.

When was the last time you did something and decided that it was very good? How can you use that for God?

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