The God of Covenants – Introduction

The God of Covenants - Introduction

Lesson 1 • God Makes Covenant with the First Adam

II. God Creates Man as His Image with the Power of His Words

Read: Genesis 1:26-30

A. God Makes Covenant with Man

Note: There was no need for God to shed blood to make a covenant with Adam. God made covenant with Adam (man) with His Words.

  1. God forms man from the earth (his body), but created the life in man when God breath in man, His breath of life, Gen 2:7.
    a. Gen. 1:26 ” … Let us make man in our image,” , in hebrew means “phantom, resemblance
    b. Gen. 1:26 ” … after our likeness,” in hebrew means “resemblance, shape, similitude”
  2. With this we conclude that Adam was the exact image of God in the flesh. We could have put Adam and God next to each other and see that they were identical. One being spirit in the other flesh.

Note: When we look at our shadow, we see our figure and not something else.

B. God Delegates Authority to Man BY HIS WORDS (Genesis 1:28)

—> Because there was no need to make covenant with Man through the shedding of blood, God’s Word was sufficient for Man and God become covenant partners here on Earth.

1. Man’s dominion also included dominion over the sun, moon,
and the stars. (Anything that can be seen or touch, material things).

Psalm 8:3-8 KJV

[3] When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; [4] What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? [5] For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. [6] Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: [7] All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; [8] The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

The Psalmist sees the stars, the moon, and the sun, and he is reminded that ALL of what he’s seeing was under man’s feet. In other words, man had authority over all the works of God.
God breathed the breath of life to man. Man became a living soul. Then God delegated authority to man when He said: “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over...” This was all done through Words. Adam received the Words. That is how God made covenant with man.

In later post we will get in depth of what is a covenant.

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