Whatever else it means to be “made in the image of God,” it also shows that we were made to be in relationships.
What are those relationships, and how should we, made as we are, act in them?
Read Genesis 2:19-20. What does that tell us right away about humanity’s relationship to the world?
Notice the autonomy, the freedom, given to Adam here. He was to name the creatures that God had created. God didn’t do the naming Himself, but He left that work to Adam. The text suggests that God was going to accept whatever names Adam gave to the creatures.
Read Genesis 2:20-25. How do these verses reveal more about the relational aspects for these beings made in God’s image?
A lot of commentary has been written over the centuries about the meaning of these verses. What is fascinating here, among other things, is the closeness and the intimacy that was meant to exist between Adam and Eve. Adam was created out of the ground and Eve out of Adam (something that helps to distinguish her from every other earthly created being). To be made in God’s image, then, certainly entails the capacity for close and loving relationships (something that surely reflects the relationship in the Godhead itself).