Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
God gave man dominion* over the earth and all that is in it, for a time. Feed the birds, water the grass, feed the pets…
*dominion: Greek word kurieuo meaning not strong handed, but to rule, have dominion, like divine authority over men. (Vine’s Dictionary).
God gave an honor to man to have lordship over all the inferior living things. Therefore, man has a responsibility (fiduciary duty) to rule in a way pleasing to our Creator.
Genesis 1:29 Then God said,”I give you every seed bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.”
Psalm 8:6 You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: all flocks, herds, and beasts of the fields.
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