Genesis also claims that it was God who created the world Gen 1: The theological implication of Genesis 1: The Book of Genesis is clear that it was God who created the world and all that it comprises Gen 1—2.
As Ian Hart puts it, "Exercising royal dominion over the earth as God's representative is the basic purpose for which God created man Man is appointed king over creation, responsible to God the ultimate king, and as such expected to manage and develop and care for creation, this task to include actual physical work.
As we exercise dominion over the created world, we do it knowing that we mirror God. Think about the implications of this in our workplaces.
How would God go about doing our job? What values would God bring to it? What products would God make?
Which people would God serve? What organizations would God build? What standards would God use? In what ways, as image-bearers of God, should our work display the God we represent? Meredith Kline puts it this way, "God's making the world was like a king's planting a farm or park or orchard, into which God put humanity to 'serve' the ground and to 'serve' and 'look after' the estate.
We are to act as if we ourselves had the same relationship of love with his creatures that God does. Subduing the earth includes harnessing its various resources as well as protecting them.
Dominion over all living creatures is not a license to abuse them, but a contract from God to care for them. That does not mean that we will allow people to run over us, but it does mean that we will not allow our self-interest, our self-esteem, or our self-aggrandizement to give us a license to run over others.
The later unfolding story in Genesis focuses attention on precisely that temptation and its consequences.
Today we have become especially aware of how the pursuit of human self-interest threatens the natural environment. We were meant to tend and care for the garden Gen. Creation is meant for our use, but not only for our use.
Remembering that the air, water, land, plants, and animals are good Gen.
Our work can either preserve or destroy the clean air, water, and land, the biodiversity, the ecosystems, and biomes, and even the climate with which God has blessed his creation.Genesis is the scene-setting, frame-fixing, view finding, God-focusing prologue to the Pentateuch, which is the relatively detailed story of the flawed MidEast family, clan Abraham as we may call it, that God chose to be his people, rescued from Egyptian captivity, covenanted with, and .
The “Fall” - A Second Look A Literary Analysis of Genesis Most of the events in Genesis are beyond our realm of experience; they are pre-historical. Old Testament. Text Index.
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Conclusions from Genesis Bible Commentary / Produced by TOW Project In the opening chapters of the Bible, God creates the world and brings us forth to join him in further creativity. The book of Genesis contains foundational material for Jewish and Christian theology, both historic and contemporary, and is almost certainly the most appealed-to book in 5/5(1).
In addition to the theological affirmations derived from an analysis of Genesis , certain theological applications suggest themselves when some of the more significant issues of the day are considered in the light of the theology of Genesis Old Testament theology is found in the confessional statements of the Old Testament, activity of God in history, retelling is most legitimate form of Old Testament theological discourse, thus a theology of Deuteronomy, Psalms, JEDP.