What I find intriguing about this is that the definition of dominion is "sovereignty or control". God, the sovereign ruler of all creation, creates man in His own image to rule over this creation as His representative. Mankind is to "be fruitful and multiply" and subdue the earth. I have heard it said that to subdue the earth meant to make the rest of the untamed creation like the well ordered garden in which Adam and Eve were placed. Their job was to rule as God's ambassadors, faithfully representing the God who made them.
This commission is part of what makes the sin of Adam and Eve (which we will read about tomorrow) so heinous. Not only do they separated themselves from God and doom the rest of mankind to a life lived with the nature of sin, but they rob the creation itself of the God reflecting caretakers He intended for it to have.
This is the nature of sin. It does not stop with the destruction of the one who commits it. It's devastation reaches much further than that. Consider the sin on Adam and Eve. As a result of disobeying God and eating of the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil:
- Eve and future women are cursed with painful childbearing
- Adam and future men are cursed with difficult toil in working the ground.
- Adam and Eve die spiritually and all their descendants are born dead to God.
- The creation itself is cursed and now awaits redemption.
There is nothing that is not tainted and ruined by sin. This is part of the reason we are called as followers of Christ to hate our sin and put it to death. Through our sin, death and destruction can run rampant in every avenue of our lives and the lives of the people we are in fellowship with.
What did you find God speaking to you about through this passage?