Last month I went to Sandwich, Illinois for a class in how to carve people’s faces. That was a lot of fun, and I spent 6 hours making eyes and noses and mouths. Now the trick will be to put them together in the right places.
In the evening there was a class called Drawing for Wood Carvers. Carvers usually work from a drawing or a picture. I like to carve things from my own life, but it is hard for me to draw those things. So I thought the class was a good idea.
In the picture you see, we were supposed to draw in about 20 minutes a picture of a teen aged girl sitting in a chair. What we soon learned is that we had to keep looking at the model and then back to our drawing. If I drew what I thought was there, or what I remembered, the picture would be wrong.
Drawing is about seeing first. You notice shapes, sizes, light and darkness and try to reproduce that in your picture.
My picture was not bad for a non-artist. I had to apologize to the model, because she looked a lot younger in real life than she did in my picture.
Why am I telling you this? Because, God created human beings in his image and likeness. So you and I are like a pencil drawing of God. This girl is not made of paper and pencil, she was a living person. God is not made of skin and muscle us, he is a Spirit and does not have a body like a human being. Yet we are, somehow made in God’s image.
What does this mean to be made in God’s image?
It means that we will have to keep looking carefully at God through the Word of God to see what this means. We can not look to human opinions, but we have to look and keep looking to God to see what this means.
Students in Gateway are reading a book called “Bible Doctrine” by Dr. Wayne Grudem. In this book he says that we should not worry about coming up with a specific detailed definition of what it means to be made in God’s image. In stead he says,
“[Genesis] only needs to affirm that man is like God, and the rest of Scripture fill is more details to explain this…..the more we know about God and man the more similarities we will recognize and the more fully we will understand what Scripture means when it says that man is in the image of God.” (p. 190)
What Dr. Grudem is saying is that like an artist drawing a picture, we need to keep looking up to God. We need to keep reading the Word of God, in order to understand what it means to be in God’s image.