Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Genesis 1:26
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Let's talk eggs.

In Genesis 1:26, we have the first statement of God making man "in His image." Later, we see this again in a
poem in Genesis 1:27. There's been a couple explanations of this "image" of God that has been explained over time and I believe they are leading the church away from what the rest of Scripture is showing us. I want to look at this real quick.

The reason we're talking eggs is because we're going to focus on one of the explanations often taught of this "image" of God and why
understanding how to study the Bible is so important.

Before talking eggs, one of the three main explanations of this "image" is the power to create or control. I say "create" because this teaching is popular within the prosperity gospel circles with the name it and claim it doctrines. Because God said, "Let us make man in our image…" then follows it with "…let them have dominion over…" there has been a direct link made between dominion over the animals and God's image. The doctrine continues to say that we lost that dominion at the fall.

Genesis was written to a people who just came out of Egypt and had only oral understanding, which was commingled with paganism. The purpose of Genesis is to explain to the children of Israel how they got to where they are and who they were created to be. Through Genesis 1-2 there are subjects of contrast to what we see in Genesis 3. This dominion is one of those things.

We have not lost dominion, not ever. The fact is, we have control over all animals still today. While the fall has allowed for animosity between the likeness of creatures, we have dominion, the problem we don't have it in the design by which Yah gave it to us. The word dominion comes from the Hebrew râḏâ and it's used 27 times in the Old Testament, most of which encompass a negative connotation. The ruling is a controlling factor. While the way in which we do it may have changed, the fact is, we still have dominion over the animals today.

We must notice the focus made on man made in the image of YHWH. Unfortunately, this view of "dominion over" leaves a bad view of the image of YHWH. Yah made us free will beings. He's not caging us, not playing games with us, we are not His pets.

Like the contrast of
man ruling over woman shown in Genesis 1-3, we see a contrast of man subduing and taking dominion of the animals to crushing their head. That probably just made you look sideways but while there's an image often used of Messiah crushing the head of satan, I don't want to take away from that but the original Hebrew for "serpent" is nâḥâš which literally means snake. Suddenly, there's a contrast of having dominion over the animals in a manner set up by Yah and now by force. We see this in the world today and it explained to the people of Israel why there's this fear of snakes, animals, and why we control in such a way.

While there's a good argument on both sides in this case, we also must look at the rest of Scripture. If the problem comes with the fall of man and that we no longer have dominion which is the image of God, then the rest of Scripture would be focusing on our dominion over animals but that's not the focus. In fact, it's not mentioned anywhere else in Scripture.

The second of the three teachings of man created in God's "image" is that we are spirit, soul, and flesh. We are three parts as one just as God is three in one and that is different than the animals; that's what sets us apart. This theory arises by connecting the let US make in OUR image, etc. I wish I could look so smart and give you the Hebrew words used for "us" and "our" in these cases but the fact is, there is no Hebrew words. The words were added later and do not exist in the original text.

Here's a problem with that theology. The Hebrew word which is translated "spirit" is the word rûaḥ and the Hebrew word which "soul" is translated from is nép̄eš.

We see nép̄eš being used for man in Genesis 2:7, "…and many became a living nép̄eš"

When we back up and look at Genesis 1 we see, "…Let the waters abound with an abundance of living nép̄eš…" (vs 20), "God created great sea creatures and every living nép̄eš…" (vs 21), "…Let the earth bring forth the living nép̄eš…" (vs 24)

This means that animals "have a soul"; as most put the phrase today.

Well, while they have a soul, they don't have a spirit, right? Remember that "spirit" is translated from the Hebrew word rûaḥ

For what happens to the sons of men also happens to animals; one thing befalls them: as one dies, so dies the other. Surely, they all have one rûaḥ; man has no advantage over animals, for all is vanity. Ecclesiastes 3:19

The explaining of man in God "image" as an egg or three part being that is supposed to be like God falls short when we see the same attributes in animals. As a note, Genesis 1:24 also says that animals are from the earth, from the dust of the ground. The difference we see is that He did not form them, He spoke them.

This study is to show the misunderstanding of using an egg, or claiming three part being different than animals, as a theology of made in the image of God. We would be remiss if we did not at least look at what Scripture is pointing us to. For this, I would recommend you moving onto the "
God's Image" article.