“And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.”
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” – Genesis 1:24, 26
The text for today tells of the creation of the animals and man, the work of the sixth day. First the mind with its lower affections is developed, then on the fourth day the sun and moon – love to the Lord and faith in Him – make their appearance, and the fishes and fowl created on the fifth day represent the first living affections for natural truth and for spiritual perception. The higher animals of the sixth day represent the spiritual affections for embodying these truths in life, in the practical forms of gentleness, usefulness, courage, and other truly human qualities. The creation culminates in man. All creation is incorporated and summed up in him. So it is said that man was created in the image of God.
Man is not man because of his body. The body is not the real man any more than the clothes that he wears are the real body. The soul is the real man, destined not to pass away but to live forever in a world where all things are spiritual. The body, marvelous as it is, is designed only for temporary occupancy, to be the instrument by which the man comes in touch with the world of nature.