Scripture: Genesis 1:26, 27

The words “image” and “likeness” were known in the Ancient Near Eastern context. But they were not words used for everyone; they were regal terms reserved for royalty. It pointed toward those in places of power and prestige. In Mesopotamia, Egypt and Assyria the kings were the image and likeness of the gods. Here in the creation poem of Genesis 1 we find this term was used to speak of all people in all places in all times. If we are to practice community, then we must consider who it is we are in relationship with. It’s not just a person, but one who reflects the beauty, power and majesty of the Divine. A regal individual. When we behold the face of another, we see glimpses of the Divine. How might this change the way we speak to others? Treat others? Act toward others?

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