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What Is the Dominion Mandate Given to Adam and Eve?

 

What is the nature and characteristics of mankindís dominion over the earth?How does that relate to the coming kingdom of God after Jesusí return?Ultimately, the kingdom of God will restore what was lost physically and surpass spiritually what Adam and Eve had in the Garden of Eden.

 

The dominion mandate that God gave to Adam and Eve doesnít mean that they would necessarily have physical prosperity or good health.This mandate simply told them to reproduce and have control over the earth physically, including over the animals and plants.Letís look at the actual wording (Genesis 1:28):ďAnd God blessed them; and God said to them, ĎBe 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.ĒSo thereís no promise here about humanity in general gaining great physical wealth or always avoiding sickness.The dominion mandate gives humanity authority over Godís creation with His permission.Adam and Eveís sin in the Garden of Eden didnít cancel this mandate:God still wants people to have children and to exercise control over His physical creation in order to prepare their characters for life in the kingdom of God.

 

Now eventually Jesus will return again in order to restore the pre-Edenic conditions to the world.For example, animals will no longer attack and eat each other after Jesus returns (Isaiah 11:6-7):ďAnd the wolf will dwell with the lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the kid, and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little boy will lead them.And the cow and the bear will graze; their young will lie down together; and the lion will eat straw like the ox.ĒEven the nature of animals, not just people, will change after the Kingdom of God rules over this earth after Jesusí return.However, for the time being, we have to wait until Jesus comes back to undo the curses placed on Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:16-19), which affected the earth as well.Notice what Peter said about what Jesus would do after Jesus comes back (Acts 3:20-21):ďHe may send Jesus the Christ appointed by you, whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouths of the holy prophets from ancient time.ĒSo until Jesus returns, such problems as poverty, crime, and bad health will affect many people.

 

So then, we pray for Godís kingdom to come when we model our prayers upon Jesusí words in Matt. 6:9-13, which is traditionally called ďThe Lordís prayer.ĒWhen we say (in so many words), ďThy kingdom come,Ē weíre asking God to send His Son in order to clean up the mess of the world that humanity, Satan, and the demons have made of this earth.One day Jesus will return to earth (Zechariah 14:3-4) and His saints will rule with him over this earth (Revelation 5:10):ďAnd thou has made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.ĒGodís kingdom will be a literal kingdom with police powers to rule and punish people, just like the governments created by people today can reward and punish both good and bad behavior.Notice that the rock that hits the statue that King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon saw in his dream represented Godís kingdom and Jesusí return to earth to rule it (Daniel 2:44-45).It will not be something abstract without clear consequences for disobedience to its commands at that time.Furthermore, Godís truth will fill the earth spiritually at that time (Isaiah 2:3):ďAnd many peopleís will come and say, ĎCome, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; That He may teach us concerning His ways and that we may walk in His paths.íFor the law will go forth from Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.Ē

 

Here above the nature of the dominion mandate and Godís kingdom has been explained briefly.The dominion mandate doesnít promise physical prosperity to people, but does give the authority to rule over nature and to multiply in numbers.Godís kingdom will be a literal government that will eventually replace all human governments after Jesusí return to this physical earth.

 

Eric V. Snow

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