Man Ruled!

Genesis 1:28

28 And God blessed them, and God said to them, “Produce fruit and multiply, fill the earth, bring it under control[1], and rule over[2] the fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, and all the living (things) moving on the earth.


God had made all the living things that move on the earth on the sixth day.  It’s very clear from context that He blessed the man, and told them as a species to reproduce… be fruitful… and multiply.  What’s not so clear, is whether there was a blessing and instruction to multiply extended to all the other animals on the earth.  I’m inclined to think that there was, since God gave the same blessing and instruction to all the fish of the sea and the birds of the skies.

However, it is abundantly evident that mankind stood alone with the responsibility, above and beyond the instruction to multiply, to:

  1. Bring the earth under control, and to
  2. Rule over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air and all the living things that moved on the earth.

God’s intention was that mankind would have dominion over all his creation on earth, being made in His image, and having God’s power to carry out His will.

I need to remember that it always takes God’s power to fulfil His will.  I can’t serve God and achieve His purposes in my own strength.


Father God, thank you for trusting me with so much.  Please forgive me for trying to fulfil your commands in my strength, instead of by Your Spirit.  Please guide me and help me, I pray now, to do what You want and to be able to move in Your Spirit and fulfil Your purposes for my life.

In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

[1] כָּבַשׁ – kabash – Strongs 3533 – (v) – “subdue/subdued/subjugate/assault/brought them into subjection/forced into bondage/forcing/trample/tread under foot/under foot/to subject/subdue/force/keep under/bring into bondage/make subservient/violate/dominate/tread down/to be subdued/assault/brought them into subjection/forced into bondage/forcing/trample/tread under foot/under foot”

[2] רָדָה, רָדָה – radah – Strongs 7287 – (v) – “to rule over/to rule/have dominion/direct/lead/dominate/tread down/trample/subdue/scrape/scrape out/be autocratic”