Hope to Share with our Children

Genesis 1:27-28 says “27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” First, let me say that I have read nearly an hour in efforts to help define “image” Over the years, there are theologians who have not reconciled their thoughts on this matter. Huge positions over image and likeness exist, so for me to think that I could succinctly provide a definition would be grossly unresponsible. Nevertheless, the point that we need to focus on is that God has called us to emulate His person, His character.

One characteristic of God is glory. God seeks to bring glory to himself.

Psalm 78 (NKJV)

Give ear, O my people, to my law;
Incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
I will open my mouth in a parable;
I will utter dark sayings of old,
Which we have heard and known,
And our fathers have told us.
We will not hide them from their children,
Telling to the generation to come the praises of the Lord,
And His strength and His wonderful works that He has done.

For He established a testimony in Jacob,
And appointed a law in Israel,
Which He commanded our fathers,
That they should make them known to their children;
That the generation to come might know them,
The children who would be born,
That they may arise and declare them to their children,
That they may set their hope in God, (Then they would put their trust in God – NIV1984)
And not forget the works of God,
But keep His commandments;

In the first verse of this psalm, the writer tells them to listen up to what I have to say. He says that he is going to remind them of the history of things – things told to him and he should tell to them. Likewise, they are to tell their descendants all in honor of who God is and what He has done. By verse 5, the call is to remember the 10 Commandments. Together with a history of how God has related to the people and with the 10 Commandments, the purpose of this is revealed. We should tell ourselves and our children, and anyone else as far as God is concerned, that they put their HOPE in God, and not forget the works of God that is that which He has done for His people as well as His work in creation.

According to Ligonier Ministries, the object of the history lesson is not merely antiquarian, but to deepen the faith and obedience of God’s people. I believe the expectation is that remembering those things would help us to keep his commands. God is honored by our obedience. God is glorified by our obedience. Moreover, our hope rises from remembering who God is and what He has done. As a part of our mandate to be fruitful, we have to impart our devotion and commitment to God to our children and to all in our horizon.

Tell someone about Jesus today. Let them know that Colossians 1 says that without Him they are alienated from God and hostile toward Him because of their disobedience, but that through Christ Jesus, God is ready to reconcile them to Himself to make them holy and blameless and beyond reproach— That is the image of God that He wants conveyed. At that point, we will be “like” God.


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