Mankind was created in the image of God…
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. (Gen 1:26)
There has probably always been discussions about “how” we are in God’s image. In this post i would like to focus in on authority and rule…
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. (Gen 1:28)
Directly after our creation we are told to “subdue” the earth and that we have “dominion” over every animal.
This word “subdue” is from the Hebrew “kabash,” which means to bring into bondage.
This word “dominion” is from the Hebrew “radah,” which means to rule or dominate.
Ever since the fall we have had a turning upside down of this premise…
And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. (Gen 3:17-19)
Creation itself now works against us. The Good News is that Christ came and redeemed us, He has started the new creation. Christ came to turn this sin-fallen world upside down, back to the original intent. And we as His Church are commissioned to the same…
…These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also; (Act 17:6)
What are the implications of this aspect of the regeneration?
Are we subduing and dominating our environment?
Are we shaping and molding our environment or are we allowing our environment to shape and mold us?