“Let them have dominion over the earth.” Man and woman were to have management over the earth, to exercise guardianship. This is the first declaration of the purpose of God.
God’s ultimate intention is: “Truly I live; all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord.” (Numbers 14:21. See also Isaiah 11:9; Ezekiel 37:28; 38:23). God intends the earth to be inhabited by people who reflect His glory. (Isaiah 26:9; Psalm 37:9,11) He planned for Adam and Eve to bring this purpose about. However, Adam and Eve failed to keep the dominion over the animals and over the earth (as we will see next lesson).
Who then would achieve this? Who would bring the world into harmony with God?
Jesus Christ, as Son of Man will take control over Creation. “Thou made him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put…
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