Created Male and Female

Verlyn Verbrugge

READ : Genesis 1:26-31

In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (v. 27 NRSV)

If I asked you to name some Old Testament characters, who would come to mind? Abraham,
Moses, David? But what about Sarah, Deborah, or Ruth? We must never forget that women as
well as men play a prominent role in the history of God’s salvation.

In this series of devotionals, I plan to examine some of the women who appear in the
pages of the Old Testament and have played significant roles in biblical history. I want
to focus on the lessons we can derive from their lives.

Genesis 1:27 says that when God created human beings, he created them in his own image,
then adds “male and female he created them.” Male and female. Each one fully in the image
of God! In God’s creation structure, men and women stand equal to each other before God.
Today, we often make value judgments about people according gender, social group,
nationality, or economic ability, but God doesn’t.

Interestingly, Paul says that according to God’s plan for re-creating the fallen human
race we should not make such judgments. In Christ “there is no longer Jew or Greek; there
is no longer slave or free; there is no longer male and female” (Gal. 3:28). Any attempt
we make to devalue one gender (or one race, or one economic group) displeases God and is
simply wrong.

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for all my fellow human beings, each of whom bears your blessed

image. Amen.