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Christopher Blackwell
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Wed Mar 8, 2017 6:14pm


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“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.’

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 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 sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”

To understand this passage, we must read it in two ways — exegetically and christologically. That is, what does it mean in context, and how are we to understand it in light of the incarnation of God in Christ? Contextually, “dominion” represents the right to rule, in this case a transferred right, given to men and women. They bear the image of God, and must therefore rule on behalf of God. They do not rule in their own right — they must reflect the attitude that God has toward his creation.

And what is that? Verse 31: “And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.” His creation pleases him — and he still owns it.
Look after it — it is good

God plainly declares: “all the earth is mine” (Exodus 19:5), “all the land is mine” (Leviticus 22:9), “every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills…for the world is mine and the fullness thereof” (Psalm 50:10–12).

That means the redwoods of California do not belong to the government of California, the Amazonian rainforest does not belong to Brazil, and the oceans and fishes do not belong to the coastal nations and fishers of the world. They are all God’s, and he likes them, and he cares about them.

This explains the command of Genesis 2:15: “And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the Garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it” — to improve it and maintain it. This is a stewardship role, and the principle extends beyond the Garden to the rest of creation. Dominion does not mean domination — it means royal servanthood, which was the way of life shown to us by Jesus. Although we humans have failed miserably to conform to the image of God, Jesus, the only true Imago Dei, was a perfect success.

To the disciples he explained: “Kings like to throw their weight around…. It’s not going to be that way with you. Let the senior among you become like the junior; let the leader act the part of the servant” (Luke 22:25–36, The Message).

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