Word of the Month - Dec 2011
When we read the account of creation we see the God of the universe created the earth through words. He used his speech to fashion and frame this planet according to how He seemed fit. He spoke and it became; and it became exactly what he said it would be. The baffling aspect of the whole creation story is a simple statement and decree, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness."
As hard as religion has tried to water this statement down the power of that spoken word caused man to be framed and fashioned like his Father. No real theologian can disagree that the Hebrew words image and likeness in this text are literal in meaning. God was not confused on what he was doing with man he had a purpose and a plain. God wanted a family. Adam was a son and had fellowship with His Father on a daily basis. There was no separation between heaven and earth.
They interlocked as one beautiful masterpiece and God placed Adam in the garden that He had created and spoke two words to him, "have dominion." God had given his son a special task and commissioned him to do it. In that moment He created a law that he could not change it had been established through a spoken word. God basically said, Adam my son, do you see all that I have created take charge over it. All that I have created now belongs to you. Think about that for a second what responsibility God had entrusted to a man, what power had been bestowed to mankind. God didn't wait until His son was "mature" in order to give him all that He owned. No he gave it to him as soon as he was made a living soul. I believe that all of heaven must have looked on this event in awe. We know that the angels are in awe of what God sees in man (Ps 8:4-6). What does God see in us? He sees a capacity and ability to speak and have dominion. He sees His image and His likeness. He sees himself. Here was a man given all the power and dominion on the earth with only one simple task to accomplish, have dominion. Man's purpose had become to take charge over everything that God had created. This was a simple concept, ownership yet who ever owns the world in turn controls the world.
The fall of All
No one is quite sure how long man lived in the garden, but we understand through the word of God that at some point man made a great mistake that caused not only for Adam and eve to fall into a state of sin but also all of creation as well (Rom. 5:12). The whole world had entered into a state of death and decay. What was God to do? His family and all he had created had fallen into disarray. All that he had seen as good was now in a state of chaos and death. Adam had eaten of the forbidden fruit and in an instant sin and death entered and dominion of the earth was handed into the hands of Satan. What we must make clear is that the law of dominion that God had established had not been broken only a transfer had been made from man to the devil. Darkness filled the earth and all would have seemed at this point to be lost, but then light was released through a spoken word of dominion. A decree was made from the mouth of God that would bring everything back in to alignment with His purpose and plan.
And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Genesis 3:15
God's word was spoken and immediately that word went to work to bring restoration and bring dominion back into the hands of man. An ultimate sacrifice had to be released by the hand of God that would bring man back from a fallen state of sin and reconnect him to heaven. God's law had been established and dominion could only be restored if a price was paid. What was lost through a man would have to be restored through a man (1 Cor. 15:21-22). A seed would have to come that would take authority over darkness and reestablish God's law on the earth as a man. Who would be the seed and how would he come? There was silence in heaven and then the Word spoke and said; "let me go, I will go as a man" (Phil. 2:7-11, Heb. 1:14-18 AMP.). So God sent His Son into the earth through a virgin girl to bring man into restoration and redemption through the sacrifice of the cross (Is. 9:6, Lk. 1:26-33). The Word entered the fallen earth as a man to restore all of humanity back to its original position with the Father. True redemption had begun (1 Cor. 15:45 AMP.). To Be Continued. . .