Gen 1:28-30. The image of God in man is seen right away in Genesis 1 in that he talks directly to them. God speaking is a consistent theme throughout Genesis 1, but only to man does he seem to speak in personal conversation. He tells the first couple to multiply, to subdue the earth, and to have dominion over all its occupants—the animals in the sky (birds), on the earth, and in the seas (fish). He also explains that the seed-bearing plants are for food for man, land animals, and birds.
Gen 2:8-9,15-17. The generosity and love of the Lord for man is seen even in the creation accounts. In Gen 1, man is the capstone of creation; earth is formed and fashion for the pleasant habitation of man. It’s like a man building a home for his soon-to-be bride. He builds the home first, taking pains with every detail so that her comfort and pleasure are assured, and then he brings her home to it to live. In Gen 2 we see that within the lush earth God creates a delightful garden, perfect for man’s dwelling and occupation. Note 2:9—“every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food.” There is, of course, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, but it, too, is a beautiful tree to behold (Gen 3:6)—it doesn’t mar the decor; only its fruit is forbidden for eating.
Two delightful truths here: 1) The Lord loves us, delights in us, desires our joy. 2) We, the children of God by faith, have a lot to look forward to in the new heavens and new earth at the end of the age. We live in a beautiful world now, but it’s not perfect, having been marred as it was when man fell (cf. Rom 8:20-22). Pick the best house you’ve ever seen on Extreme Makeover Home Edition; consider it a shack compared to our abode in the new heavens and new earth.