Genesis Chapters 1 & 2 continued...
 
God gave obedient humankind 4 responsibilities:

God wants us to be informed and to know what lies ahead, but he doesn’t want us to be overly anxious.  He gave obedient human kind 4 responsibilities in the first 2 chapters of Genesis.  If we focus on these, God will guide us so there is no need for us to be overly anxious about what lies ahead. 

 

First Responsibility: Be Fruitful and Multiply

Be fruitful, and multiply; and replenish the earth”.  Gen 1:28.  In the future this may be translated “fill the universe!”  Note: God also blessed creatures in the sea and in the air and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number…” Gen 1:22. 

 

Man and woman created “In the Image of God” Gen 1:26-27.

God allows us to continue creating.  Two reproductive cells combine to form one, then "explode" (multiply rapidly) to form a baby 9 months later.  Some scientists call the genetic code in reproductive cells "the word" or blueprint that describes every detail of the baby that is to be born.  Is it any more of a mystery that everything in existence is developing according to a plan as "God said" in the Bible? 

It is quite possible that as a baby evolves, grows and changes from the time of conception, all of God’s creation is evolving, growing and changing.  A baby 2 weeks after conception looks considerably different than the baby that will be born several months later.  (Leaders, prepare by studying: www.visembryo.com/, especially stage 1 through 6, beginning at: www.visembryo.com/baby/1.html.  Also look at the embryo concept: http://bible-study.cocareers.com/new-era/embryo/theory.htm

 

Second Responsibility: Subdue the earth (universe) 1:28

Subdue means to overcome or control by persuasion or training.  Which involves research, study and experimentation.  Then the wisdom to apply the knowledge in a practical, loving manner.  Like a baby’s natural curiosity…That continues into adulthood... 

 

Third Responsibility: Rule—Have dominion… 

Before God created human kind he said “…let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. " Gen 1:26.  Then, after God created human kind, he said to them “...have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth." Gen 1:28.
 

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