“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:Alertness in bible study is vital in the study itself.
In our previous study, we set a pace in which the thoughts will be directed to unbundling the B part of Genesis 1:26 and 28 where Moses uses animals “…dominion over the fish of the sea, fowl of the air, cattle, creeping thing…” So if Moses wasn’t telling us to go to the zoo to exercise this dominion, then what exactly was Moses saying is the question we are investigating into. We have said that for you to know Moses’ language here in the B part of Genesis 1:26 and 28, by Genesis 3:1, the first activity of the animal we are going to read is the serpent (a creeping thing) coming to deceive man. Genesis 3:1 reads “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, yea, hath God said, ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” We all know that serpents don’t talk. If thus means that the use of animals was an illustration or a figure of speech of spiritual fact. That is, the animals were metaphorically used. And that is why the first animal we’ve just read about (the serpent) describes the devil (Satan).
When you read furthermore into Genesis and the Old Testament generally, you will discover by virtue of corroborative analysis that the use of animals was to describe actions and activities (activities of men). Let’s carry out a few of this analysis for deeper understanding. We’ve just read about the serpent in verse 1 of Genesis 3, in verses 4, 13 and 14, you will hear “…And the serpent said unto the woman… the serpent said unto the woman… the serpent beguiled me… said unto the serpent”. Recall, the serpent here describes the devil. And if we have said that in the Old Testament, the use of animals was to describe actions and activities, then what action or activity of Satan is described here? It is the action of deception.
INSTRUCTION:Be alert in bible study.
PRAYER: My eyes of understanding open up to your word, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: Understanding in bible study cannot be derived outside focused attention.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: GENESIS CHAPTER 49; EVENING: PSALM CHAPTER 58