Family Resemblance

Family Resemblance

Genesis 5:1b & 3

When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. … When Adam had lived 130 years, he fathered a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.

 

This Scripture begins a chapter-long chronology of Adam’s descendants, and it stand out to me not only because my name’s in the list, but because of the way the language of Seth’s birth mirrors the language of Adam’s creation. Don’t miss this crucial wordplay here, friend. The inspired author made absolutely clear in chapters one and two that God created man in his own likeness, after his image, and now he tells us that Adam fathered a son in his own likeness, after his image. So man, at the core, is a mimesis of God. In everything we do, from parenting to teaching to gardening to building to painting to singing to playing to naming, we do in imitation of our Father.

 

Friend, consider your calling as a child of God today. Effectively, you’ve got your Father’s DNA; you’ve got the blood of the Lamb coursing through your veins; you’ve got Heaven’s light shining in your eyes; so shouldn’t people see a resemblance to your Father when they look at you?