Nothing else in all of creation was made to be like God. Only man.
God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, after Our Likeness..."
And that's exactly what God did.
He made a man, the very first man, out of the dust of the earth. And this man was like God.
He was made in the image of, in the form of, God Himself.
God put the man in a beautiful garden
and told him he had work to do.
Part of the man's work was to obey God.
God gave Adam (that was the man's name) one important rule:
God said that Adam could eat freely of any of the trees in the garden, except one. Adam was forbidden to eat the fruit of The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
God told the man:
"On the day you eat the fruit of that Tree, you shall surely die."
And God made a woman, too.
Why? Why would God do a thing like that?
Well, God saw that Adam was alone and God knew that Adam needed someone to help him and to be his friend.
So God made a woman.
God made her out of a part of the man's body!
God took a rib bone out of the man's body while he was sleeping.
God took that bone and made a wife for Adam.
Then, God brought her to the man. And the man loved the woman and she helped him with everything he needed help with.
And both the man and the woman, together, loved God.
THE HYMN: I Sing The Mighty Power of God
" Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
but the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God:
in it thou shalt not do any work...for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day:
wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and hallowed it."
I sing the mighty power of God that made the mountains rise, That spread the flowing seas abroad,
And built the lofty skies. I sing the wisdom that ordained the sun to rule the day.
The moon shines full at His command and all the stars obey.
I sing the goodness of the LORD that filled the earth with food, Who formed the creatures by His Word,
And then pronounced them good. LORD, how Thy wonders are displayed where'er I turn my eye, If I survey the ground I tread or gaze upon the sky.
There's not a plant or flower below, but makes Thy glories known. And clouds arise and tempests blow
By order from Thy throne. While all that borrows life from Thee is ever in Thy care, And everywhere that man can be, Thou God art present there.
TUNE: ELLACOMBE, by William H. Monk (1823 -1888)
WORDS: Isaac Watts (1674 -1748), from"Divine and Moral Songs for Children" 1715
Oh, by the way, did you know that you can sing hymn WORDS to other TUNES? For instance, this hymn, "I Sing The Mighty Power of God", can also be sung to the tune "COWPER".
Want to try it? Follow the external link directly below. It will take you to The Sermonaudio Online Hymnal, where you will find an hymn called, "The Contrite Heart". Simply click on the mp3 to hear the tune called "COWPER" and substitute the words of "I Sing The Mighty Power of God" into that hymn tune.