So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27
What do you think of when you read that we are created in the image of God? For me it is a WOW factor. I recently started reading a chronological bible and this verse has been running through my head since. This for me is God's first evidence of how much He loved us. He loved us so much that we were made in His image. No other thing/creation that He created did He esteem to the point that He made them in His image.
Then He goes on in Genesis 1:28 and He gives us dominion over His creation, telling us to be "Fruitful and multiply, to fill the earth and subdue it.". That is how much He loved us, enough to allow us to take care of His creation that He had taken His time making. This is just wonderful to me and I am humbled and in awe of His gift. His first gift, the best gift He gave us was Jesus but that is for another time. I want to focus on the first gift He gave to us.
In reading this verse I decided to look up and see what comentators and theologians had to say about God creating us in His image and leaving us to have dominion over the earth. In doing so, I came across Barnes' Notes on the Bible and that is what I will leave you with today. Enjoy and bask in the gift that God first gave us and how He esteems us.
"The divine blessing is now pronounced upon man. It differs from that of the lower animals chiefly in the element of supremacy. Power is presumed to belong to man's nature, according to the counsel of the Maker's will Genesis 1:26. But without a special permission he cannot exercise any lawful authority. For the other creatures are as independent of him as he is of them. As creatures he and they are on an equal footing, and have no natural fight either over the other. Hence, it is necessary that he should receive from high heaven a formal charter of right over the things that were made for man. He is therefore authorized, by the word of the Creator, to exercise his power in subduing the earth and ruling over the animal kingdom. This is the meet sequel of his being created in the image of God. Being formed for dominion, the earth and its various products and inhabitants are assigned to him for the display of his powers. The subduing and ruling refer not to the mere supply of his natural needs, for which provision is made in the following verse, but to the accomplishment of his various purposes of science and beneficence, whether towards the inferior animals or his own race. It is the part of intellectual and moral reason to employ power for the ends of general no less than personal good. The sway of man ought to be beneficent."