lENT 2021 bIBLE rEADING PLAN
February 25th: Image of God, part 2 -- Dr. Tim Mackie (bibleproject.com)
Yesterday we spent time in Psalm 8 as we considered the significance of the image of God and how Jesus fulfills the hope for all humanity was meant to be. Today we continue in this study as we consider the portrayal of humans in the Bible as both weak and vulnerable but also capable and called to rule the world on God’s behalf.
Read and Discuss
Read: Genesis 1:26-30
God appoints humans as his representatives to rule the world on his behalf. The image of God consists of male and female together ruling in unity over all of creation. This is a bold vision of human identity and responsibility.
Question 1: Who is created in God’s image? What does that mean for how you view yourself and others? What does that mean for how you live?
Question 2: What do you think it says about God that he invites humans to rule with him?
In these passages, Paul identifies Jesus as “the image of the invisible God,” who is the real king of creation that humbled himself to die on our behalf (1:13-20). Paul also writes that Jesus’ followers are being “renewed...in the image of the creator” (3:8-13), which results in compassion, kindness, humility, and other godly qualities.
Question 1: What do you resonate with most when you read these passages?
Question 2: Both of these passages emphasize God’s desire to bring unity through Jesus. Take a moment to reflect on what it might look like to actively participate in bringing unity in your life or community.