It won’t let you cast him as a sappy, thin do-gooder. Because right there in your face is the ugliness of Abraham handing off his beloved Sarah to save his own skin and David murdering Uriah to have his wife.
But neither will it let you be a mere cynical critic of man. There’s too much courage and hunger for truth and friendship and motherly affection there in it.
And it will never let you see man as insignificant. Talk about how small he is in the stars or about how late he showed up on the scene. The Bible places him at the center of creation, as the jewel in the setting. It states plainly that he is the image of the Author, and he is a startlingly beautiful portrait.
The Bible gives a vast, honest, vivid picture of man.
And of where he can be restored.
Man has fallen, but he will not be lost. And when creation is remade, as wonderful as the new trees and sky and soil will be, man will be what he once was, in a garden on the other side of a rebellion from here.
He will be what he once was.
And enjoy what he once enjoyed.
Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’ God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’ Then God said, ‘Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food’; and it was so. God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.