Sunday, January 01, 2012

120101 - Genesis01-02 - Man's communion with God and dominion over creation

S: "And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so." Genesis 1:29, 30, KJV.

O: It never occurred to me in quite this way before, but this is the first recorded communication between God and a creature. The first communication is recorded 3 verses before, when, apparently, the Father says to the Son and Holy Spirit, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion..."

God communicates to Adam, just as He communicates among the Trinity. In this sense, God honors man above the other creatures.

God communicates instructions for other creatures to man, and information about them, in this sense, God designates man's rank above other creatures.

God created man with the intelligence to comprehend these things, and demonstrate his dominion over the other creatures by having the authority to name them (2:19)

A: God intends Adam to exercise care, proprietorship, stewardship, over the earth, recognizing what is right and wrong for himself and for other created beings - immediately, Adam's role is to pursue conformity to God's image, in intelligence, in dominion and communion.

P: Father, I praise you for the honor you have given man above all your creation. You crowned him with glory and honor and put all things under his feet. Though we have fallen short of this mandate, Christ was obedient to every detail of your plan and has become the Captain of our salvation.

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