“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 the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth” – Genesis 1:26-28.
LIGHT FOR NOW:Studying the bible requires a-one-hundred percent focused attention.
Having located the believer’s authority in Genesis 1:26-28 by law of historical analysis, and then see clearly that the believer’s authority is not an afterthought of the Father, we want to at this point unveil the sphere of the believer’s authority; the extent of the believer’s authority. If many believers can understand the extent or degree of their authority in Christ, they won’t struggle to live in the victory that God in Christ has made available. Embedded in Genesis 1:26-28 are terminologies that when understood, your authority in Christ will be well appraised by you. And these terminologies also has been equally misunderstood by many people, so let’s unbundle this.
Don’t forget that the man in Genesis 1:26-28 is Christ and by implication, the new creation in Christ. Notice, in the B part of verses 26 and 28 where he speaks of the new creation man having dominion, he says “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… have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth”. Have you wondered why this was so, because I’m yet to see many people have this dominion over everything that creeps upon the earth; dominion of the fish of the sea? Is he telling us to jump into rivers and exercise dominion over fishes? Dominion over the fowl of the air? Is he telling us to fly to the air and demonstrated this dominion over creatures in the air? Dominion over cattle? Are we to look for cattle or better still go to the animal kingdom in this terrestrial habitat to exercise this dominion? Dominion over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth? You know, a lizard or snake is an example of a creeping thing; a creature that creeps is a creature that moves slowly with the abdomen close to the ground. So is he telling us to look for snakes or serpents to exercise this dominion?
Truth is, when you understand this terminologies, you will appreciate these terminologies. So what is Moses saying here? Truth is, it is important to understand what Moses is saying in the B part of verses 26 and 28 because these texts when misunderstood could be taken to mean Moses asking us to go to the zoo to exercise this dominion. The misunderstanding of this B part of verses 26 and 28 is because we’ve read it as an account that Moses did not mean. So what is Moses saying? Remember, we said you don’t use replenish if something had not gone wrong. You don’t replenish what is new, you replenish what you have to renew. Notice, “… have dominion over the fish of the sea, fowl of the air, cattle… creeping thing…” For you to know the language used here; by Genesis 3:1, the first activity of the animal we are going to read of is the serpent (a creeping thing) coming to deceive man (and we all know that is impossible for serpents to talk). This means the use of animals was an illustration, that is, a metaphor of spiritual facts.
INSTRUCTION:Always read the bible critically.
PRAYER: My eyes of understanding are enlightened, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: In bible interpretation, figurative expressions should not be explained as literal expressions; and literal expressions should not be explained as figurative expressions.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: GENESIS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: LUKE CHAPTER 10