by Kristen C. Strocchia
“Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” Genesis 1:26
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty Who was and is and is to come [Revelation 4:8]. Holy is our Creator God Who made all things good and Who made us in His own image.
How could any counterfeit ever prevail in the hearts of His Creation?
Yet in the days of Abraham, the world was entrenched in child sacrifice. They offered their children to the flames of stone idols–to Baal and Molech–while indecent acts consummated counterfeit worship.
God called Abraham to demonstrate to the world that their child sacrifice was a counterfeit to His holy purpose–the sanctity of human life. He stayed the knife, providing a substitutionary sacrifice, not just for Isaac, but for everyone of all time.
In the days of Moses, God commanded His chosen people, “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below,” [Exodus 20:4]. Yet that is exactly what happened throughout the history of judges, priests, prophets and kings. Counterfeit images made by human hands stood in the place of God in hearts and homes.
Yet even the rocks will cry out to God and no other [Luke 19:40] for who He is, and the idols hewn by human hands fell on their faces before the only true God [1 Samuel 5:30].
In the days of Mary and Joseph, the world espoused pantheons of Greek and Roman gods who used human beings as nothing more than toys to be discarded when their pleasure was had.
God called Mary to demonstrate to the world that His love for us was pure. His intention was not to use His Creation for His own pleasure, but to love us in such a way that we delight in one another. By a holy overshadowing, He demonstrated that the Greek and Roman pantheons were a perverted counterfeit to Who He is.
In our day, idols abound–gods created in the image of sinful man. Counterfeits to the truth that we were created in the image of a Holy God.
Do you live in such a way that His image shines undimmed and undiminished to those around you?