The Sixth Day or Epoch
As the carbon-laden atmosphere became more pure, vegetation became less
rank. The animals changed correspondingly. The heavy-boned Sloth and
Mammoth gave place to less bony varieties
of animals, common today.
The specialization in the case of man's creation is shown in his vast
superiority over the lower animals. The first man, Adam,
was an image of his Creator, the highest type of fleshly or animal being.
That image of his Creator consisted in his moral and intellectual
likeness. It is difficult to judge from present human conditions all that
is meant by God's image, because we have no sample of perfect humanity for
comparison. "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God"
in which Adam was created. (Psalm 8:5.) Sin and Death have reigned and the
Godlikeness has been lost. All need Restitution.
It was toward the close of the Sixth Day, or approximately forty-two
thousand years from the time of beginning the ordering of Earth, that God
The image of God from this standpoint would mean a human being
thoroughly in tune with the Infinite One, one that would have no
unrighteousness nor iniquity in him. Adam's transgression was not the
result of ignorance, nor of pure wilfulness. It was the result of
temptation, which his limited knowledge accentuated. His responsibility
was for the knowledge he possessed. He knew that he was disobeying God.
When thinking of man in the image of God, we instinctively look back to
"The Man Christ Jesus," "holy, harmless, undefiled and
separate from sinners," and like the first Adam, whose penalty He
came into the world to meet.--1 Cor.15:22.
"After Our likeness let him have dominion." Adam's
dominion over the lower animals was like God's dominion over the
Universe. Angels, although in God's image, do not have a Godlike
dominion over creatures of a lower order. Man's dominion, overthrown
by sin, is to be restored by Messiah's Kingdom.--Acts 3:19-21.
Naming the Animals