What Does Genesis 1:28 Mean?

God blessed them; and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth."

Genesis 1:28(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

Having created man in His own image and likeness on the sixth day, with a intellect; emotions; a moral nature; the ability to communicate and a free-will to make wise choices, God blessed them - and gave His first set of instruction to Adam and Eve.. commanding them to be fruitful and to multiply, and to spread out across the globe - and to fill the earth with their offspring.

Man was also given a second command by God. He was to subdue the earth and to become God's representative on earth. Adam was to rule over the goodly things that God had made and to tend and care for all that God had created. They were to have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves on the earth.

Man was the crowing glory of God's entire creation and as man and wife.. Adam and Eve were authorised to rule over the works of God's hands - for God had put all rule and authority under the feet of His representative man. Man's stewardship over earth was established.. and the unique position of humanity in the plans and purposes of God was instituted by the Lord Himself.

But sin and stupidity, pride and rebellion caused God's creation to be placed under a curse for a time.. and we continue to live as fallen beings in a fallen world.. waiting for that promised day when Christ will return as God's second, representative Man - anticipating that time when as the last Adam.. the Lord of glory (our heavenly Man) will return to rule and reign as King of kings and Lord of lords. That will be a time when all things will be placed under His feet.. finally and fully.. a time when Christ will be all in all.

My Prayer

Heavenly Father, how we thank and praise You that despite our sin and stupidity, pride and rebellion.. You did not remove us from Your plans for humanity. Thank You that You purposed to send Your only begotten Son to become our representative Man and kinsman-Redeemer - Who identified with our humanity by taking upon Himself the form of a servant, and being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross - so that by His sacrificial death and glorious resurrection we might become the righteousness of God in Him. Thank You Father that all who believe in Him might be forgiven of their sins, restored into fellowship with You and become partakers of His divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of our sinful desire. To You be all praise and glory - in Jesus name we pray. AMEN.

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