What? God said, “Let us make mankind in OUR image”?
This question was emailed to us:
Hi, we are reading Genesis, and in the King James version verse 26 of the first chapter it says, “And God said, “Let us make man in our own image after our likeness……”
In verse 27 it says , ‘SO God created man in His own image, in the image of God he created him.
Our question is in verse 26 who is ‘our’ referring to besides God???
Genesis 1: 26-27
26 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,t and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27 So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
That’s a good question. We actually talked about this on Sunday morning at LIT Alive (the Bible study during 9am service).
The “our” comes from Elohim, the plural word for God in Hebrew. (“-im” at the end of a Hebrew word is like having an “s” at the end of an English word.)
“Oh, ok, so God is plural?”
Yes. This is one of the first hints at the Trinity in the Bible. God (Elohim) is creating Adam and Eve in the image of the complete God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
And right after that, in verse 27, it says “God created mankind in HIS own image”. God is the Trinity all at once, and is also a single being.
So both the “our” and the “his” or “him” are correctly referring to the One True God.