Thankfully, the Lord Gave Man Dominion Over All the Earth
By Regular Contributor Keagan
“Abram believed the LORD, and He credited it to him as righteousness. He also said to him, “I am the LORD, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to take possession of it.” But Abram said, “O Sovereign LORD, how can I know that I will gain possession of it?” (Genesis 15:6-10)
Abram asked a question that many of us ask. That is, “how will I know?” How can I know that the Lord God who later became our Saviour means what He said? When we read the book of Genesis, particularly the first chapters, we discover that God gave us the earth, and dominion over all things. We also learn that the Lord took great delight in Adam naming all of the animals He created. Some animals crawled on the ground while others flew in the sky. Others could be found in rocks, or in streams. None of the animals were the same, having been created in different sizes and shapes. In fact, when we think about the Garden of Eden, there were so many animals that even today we don’t know all of the animals that existed, never mind naming each and every one. Still, Adam was diligent in taking this on. Given the number of animals on this earth, it must have taken Adam considerable time.
But the Lord was patient. God loved His creation — you and me — from the very beginning. So much so, that Almighty God did not only allow Adam and Eve to reign over all things but He gave them all authority over the earth. This is what having dominion means. That is how much He loved us even in the Garden. But Adam and Eve messed up, and now, I hear many people suggesting that we have not been good stewards of the earth. Some animals are now extinct, never to be seen on earth again. Others are so rare that we can only visit them in a zoo or protected facility. Still other animal species can be only bought at a pet shop or from a breeder.
Think about this for a moment. Almighty God who created man and woman, and all the inhabitants of the earth did not go back on His Word, even when we messed up. He did not say to Adam and Eve (or by extension those of us living today) that we are wrecking His earth and that we should be punished. Instead, what did God do? He who knew no sin and was perfect in every way decided to become as one of us, and shed His precious blood on a cross so that He could provide a way for us to experience His love. His peace. His salvation.
This is why Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man cometh to the Father but by Me.” (John 14:6)
You see, even though the Lord is all-knowing from the very beginning — even before earth existed — He also knew that the only way men and women could become sons and daughters of the Most High King is if God let men and women continue to have dominion over the earth. With dominion comes free choice — the thinking ability to make important decisions about what one does next. Although many of our decisions (both personally and globally) leave much to be desired, the Lord has not taken away our decision-making power (and our ability to reign on this earth).
But the Lord wants more from us, and as such, was willing to be humiliated on a cross so that we could be free from sin. How much more?
Jesus said, “Henceforth, I call you not servants; for the servant knows not what his lord does, but I have called you friends — for all things that I have heard of my Father, I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain — that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in My name, He may give it to you.” (John 15:15-16)
So what is the one thing that the Lord God is able to do that animals cannot? What I call the huge surprise factor? He was willing to love us even while we were still His enemies. This is why we are called to make a decision. Unlike animals which we can purchase at a pet shop, we can’t go to a God Shop to find the King of kings. We can’t go to church once or twice a week, while ignoring Him the rest of the week. If we really want to find Jesus, we need to believe in Him by faith, and seek His righteousness. We need to read His Word daily so that we can get to know His wisdom and knowledge. And just like our many friends on this earth, we need to spend time with our Saviour so that He can lead us into spirit and truth.
Most of all, as people, we need to rediscover the righteousness that Jesus wants to instill within us so that we can once again take our rightful place as believers in the King of kings and Lord of lords on this earth. Jesus said, “Therefore I say unto you — What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them and ye shall have them.” (Mark 11:24) Then and only then, will we be able to right the wrongs of this world again. Ask Jesus into your heart. Ask Him to be Lord of your life. I can guarantee that you will not be disappointed.