God created the race of men to rule; God created us to conquer the earth and rule over his magnificent creation. From the moment of the Fall, however, the power and capacity that were originally a blessing, designed to provide purpose and honor for life, became corrupt. Men selfishly and cruelly began to exert their power over each other, enforcing their own rules rather than submitting together to the rule of God. Even so, this corruption should not detract from what God originally called (and still calls) us to do. God made and mandated mankind to rule! This is the mandate from Genesis 1:28: "God blessed them and said to them, 'Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.'"
To our detriment, we often view the concept of "rule" through the twisted lens of our current fallen state and allow the concept of "power" to be defined by its corrupted misuse. Without the clear light of the Bible we cannot grasp what it means to rule well.
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