Text for Today: Gen. 1:26-31 “Then God said, Let us make man in our Image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea.” (vs. 26a).
If you don’t value and keep what you have, it will be taken away suddenly. Having made man in His image, God provided Adam and Eve, the earth’s new stewards, with intellect, creative abilities and an innate gift of leadership to rule and reign.
Our Father is always about the business of His kingdom, and He created man with the same calling and design. It was a natural outcome that man be given the responsibility to manage creation, including the earth and all living creatures.
To understand, let’s look more closely at this original stewardship appointment. Kabas, the Hebrew word for “subdue,” means “to bring into subjection, to dominate.”
It suggests that the party being subdued is not willing to submit. Genesis 1:28 implies that creation was unwilling to submit to man’s leading. Man would have to bring creation into order by exerting his strength.
Radah, the Hebrew word for “dominion,” refers not to God’s rule and responsibility but to man’s. It means “to manage or reign from a position of sovereignty.” God fashioned us to share His own authority over His creation.
Adam was to live and move in a kingly manner over the earth as a son of God along with the incredible privileges and weighty responsibilities of this position. Dominion was his birthright and pleasure.
But after Adam succumbed to Satan’s deception in the Garden of Eden, the enemy established strongholds in all areas of life to hinder our kingdom mandate. Thankfully, God made a way for us to regain it back.
You are a Champion!
Further Study: Heb. 8:1-13.
- Father, I thank you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
- I shall not lose the dominion God has given me in life.
- The plan and purpose of God for my life shall not fail.
- Lord, make me a wonder the remaining days of this year.
QUOTE: “DOMINION WAS THE BIRTHRIGHT OF ADAM BEFORE HE LOST OUT THROUGH THE GATE OF THE MOUTH.”