God indeed said he would dwell in the Temple of Solomon in a special way, and his presence there was called the “Shekinah Glory of God, ” which dwelt above the Ark of the Covenant, by the place where the High Priest sprinkled the blood of the annual sin offering on the Day of Atonement. But here God reminds Israel that he does not dwell in temples on Earth so as to be confined to or limited by those places.
Three major differences exist between God’s Spirit and our spirit. The first and most obvious is that God’s is holy, and holy means “different.” But as “holy” is used throughout the Bible, it becomes clear that its real application is not merely different, but “peculiar,” “a cut above.” So God’s Spirit is transcendentally pure and infinitely good in all that it motivates and energizes. Is Satan’s spirit that way? Is man’s? Not at all. The second difference concerns the amount of knowledge that it is capable of transmitting and using, and for God’s Spirit, it is virtually infinite. The third difference is that God, unlike man, is infinitely wise and mature, and therein lies His morality, His character, which He transmits through His Spirit. Thus, God’s Spirit possesses three kinds of power: purity, knowledge, and character.
From our childhood, we carry an image of God kneeling over the created but inert Adam. He is lifeless until God performs the first mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, and then Adam springs to life! His eyelids flutter, he takes a deep breath, and then he bends from his waist and sits up.
Nowhere does the Bible show God breathing life into any animal that He created. When He created them, they started breathing. Why should man be any different?
He is different because he is in the likeness of God. He did something to man that actually made man into the Image of God. While he was lying there on the ground, he was still yet a creature. But when God knelt down and breathed into him, the infusion of the spirit in man occurred. That is what made man in the Image of God! That is what gave man the power to have dominion. It gave man the intellect he needed to rule what God has created.
Man has creaturely life, but with the infusion of the spirit in man, he is more—a living being with intelligence. Man was given the power to govern his actions, not by instinct, but by memory, by conceptualization and thinking spatially. A man can appreciate beauty, communicate verbally, or write. A human being has feelings that are—in the expression of their subtly and power—far above an animal in terms of love or hate, and above all of the emotions that fall in between.
We can create and destroy. The power is in a man to do these things. The power is in the spirit when combined with the brain, but it has to be developed.
God shows very clearly that, as we are, we are nothing more than a pale representation of what we can be. Yet, we are endowed with powers that lift us so far above the animals on earth that we can have dominion over them.
Mankind is then commanded to fill the earth and subdue it. Subdue means “to tread upon,” which implies “to bring into subjection.” It does not mean “to destroy” or “to treat violently,” but “to control and direct.” In Genesis 1:26 and 28, God implies that He has conferred powers to mankind not given to animals.
It is also the first indication, when combined with Genesis 2:7 and 15, that when God confers a responsibility, He also confers the powers to carry out that responsibility.
And we pray:
O Lord, You are The Omnipotent Omnipresent Omniscient or everywhere– present God. The Heaven of heavens cannot contain You, no not the entirety of the created Universe. The Universe is vast beyond our ability to comprehend, yet as a created thing, we know it must have its limits. But you are infinite. Your divine nature is beyond our ability to comprehend, and we feel our smallness. But we also know You dwell in us, Your people, and hold intimate communion with our spirits every day. Hallelujah, Amen.