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Lesson 4: Gen. 1:28 – …subdue it and have dominion over it
Background: Creation Process Gen. 1:26-30 – God created (in His image) – blessed and gave directives
- Be fruitful
- Fill the earth
- Subdue it
- Have dominion over it
Result: Gen. 1:31 – God saw all that He made and it was very good Why is man’s directive to subdue?
God was planning ahead in case there comes a time when it’s not good
Events after Gen. 1:31: Pandemic #2
Source: Ezekiel 28:15 – you were blameless in all you did from the day you were created until the day evil was found in you.
Action: Isolation – Ezekiel 28:16 So I banished you in disgrace from the Mountain of God.
Lesson learned by God: Man will need to be equipped to subdue if He is going to have dominion.
Application of the subdue principle:
Principle: Calming precedes ruling – domain having
Gen. 1:2 – Pandemic #1 – The Spirit of God hovered over chaos – hover over to calm down so He could create.
Take Away: As Believers we are created in God’s image and given this directive. You are authorized (Matt. 28:18) as God’s agent of calm to enter into relation with hostile forces to breathe the Breath of God’s Life in order to have dominion.
God-directed dominion results in a peace that passeth understanding.