Theology Thursday 18 – The Other Commandments pt 1

Theology Thursday 18 – The Other Commandments pt 1

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Here we discuss the first commandment given to humanity. The first commandment given to humanity can be found in Genesis 1:28. This verse states, ““Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”
What does it mean to be fruitful and multiply? We explain how and why you can be fruitful and multiply without having children. TT18 also gives birth the TSV (Terrell Standard Version ) of the Bible.

Bringing forth life

How can you bring forth life without having children?

  • Pouring energy into dull or dead situations
  • Helping someone in need, encouragement
  • Maintaining your health and helping others to do so
  • Plant a tree (William Nesbitt)
    • If planted in the right place and with the right conditions that life will last until perpetuity as seeds fall and grow into new trees. They also create a home for other life to be brought forth, insects and birds and the like.
  • Caring for children that aren’t yours(Fitzroy Delacoudray Jr.)
    • bring forth life in a child that was abandoned and in search of love

What have you been taught that subdue means in this context?

to bring (land) under cultivation: to subdue the wilderness.

  • Subduing did not have an evil meaning at this time because there were no signs of SIN within humanity

More generally, “subduing” involves development in the created order. This process offers to the human being the task of intra-creational development, of bringing the world along to its fullest possible creational potential. Here paradise is not a state of perfection, not a static state of affairs. Humans live in a highly dynamic situation. The future remains open to a number of possibilities in which creaturely activity will prove crucial for the development of the world.[1]


This calls into question: whose responsibility is it to care for the earth?

If the world was perfect, why were humans tasked to subdue it?


What have you been taught that dominion means in this context?

A study of the verb have dominion (רדה rādâ) reveals that it must be understood in terms of care-giving, even nurturing, not exploitation. As the image of God, human beings should relate to the nonhuman as God relates to them. This idea belongs to the world of the ideal conceptions of royal responsibility (Ezek 34:1–4; Ps 72:8–14) and centers on the animals.


A new way to look at the first commandment

Be successful in the continuous process of bringing forth life, fill the earth with that life and cultivate the wilderness; be a caretaker to every living thing on the planet

(Teach this method)

[1] Fretheim, T. E. (1994–2004). The Book of Genesis. In L. E. Keck (Ed.), New Interpreter’s Bible (Vol. 1, p. 346). Nashville: Abingdon Press.