Gen 1:26 ESV – Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
Day 6 Part 2
This gets to a core part of the rest of scripture. Scripture from this point on has much more to say about interaction with this single part of creation more than anything else. The book is truly mostly about God and man(kind), man and man, and man and creation.
A key piece of this verse is the use of the word man. This is far more understood as “mankind” in most uses of this term than any other application. The reason this is key, is that all the following instructions, blessings, concepts etc… are for all of humankind, not males. This will be describe more in the next post.
The other key piece is the idea of dominion. This word simply doesn’t work well in modern language in that it implies domination which is either negative (abusive) or result of competitive (being dominated in sport of business). It also is polar in the idea of dominator and submissive.
There is some definitions that infer teaching, correction etc.. like a prophetic word. In English a dominion can be a noun in describing or defining the realm of responsibility.
Put this typical definition of domination (vs submission) in context to every other scripture verse, especially of any single expression of instruction from Yah to mankind about their behavior. When you attempt to objectively read Yahwehs instructions to people, there is a constant correction against ruling over one another in Israel and that idea is carried over into the 1st Century writings.
If you want to see a perverted example of dominion over the earth, or at very least animals, look at the modern agricultural methodology of raising livestock and bringing it to the market. Animals are simply objects for satiation of the human appetite for calories and profit. It is inhumane from beginning to end, and it rests on the idea that humans have a right (and in faith based circles an implied obligation) to orchestrate animals this way.
We see later in scripture how much Yah hates oppression, and oppression comes from this simple idea of domination. One of the primary missions of Yahs Messiah is to break the back of oppression.
I propose this issues is so bent and broken it takes much disinvestment and meditation to reimage real dominion. Yahweh has the right to destroy everything and yet works diligently to teach and instruct and lead creation into repentance rather than treat them like an object.