One of the amazing things about the statement, “…God made man in his own image,” is its placement in Genesis 9. This is actually the second time we find this in Scripture. We first read it in Genesis 1.
Here it makes perfect sense. Humanity was the pinnacle of God’s creation. He gave us dominion over the rest of the earth, and it was only after creating people that God called his creation “very good.” But in Genesis 3 we read the story of the Fall. We read how Adam and Eve sin and introduce corruption into the world, how their actions and our subsequent sins distance us from our Creator. Genesis 6-8 goes on to record the extent of this corruption. Humankind has become so evil that God destroys everyone save the righteous Noah and his family. And yet right after that God says that he “…made man in his own image.” Even in our fallen, sinful condition we reflect the image of God. Perhaps our reflection of God is not as pure or as complete as it once was, but in spite of our fallen state and our imperfection, the glory and majesty of God still shines through us. The image of God can be seen in those around you… and in the mirror.
So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.