Lets come back for a moment to original glory, the
glory of God given to us when we were created in his image. So much
light could be shed on our lives if we would explore what we were
meant to be before things started going wrong. What was it that we
were created to do? What was our original job description?
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." So God created man in his own
image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he
created them. God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and
increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule." (Gen.
And let them rule. Like a foreman runs a ranch or like a skipper
runs his ship. Better still, like a king rules a kingdom, God
appoints us as the governors of his domain. We were created to be
the kings and queens of the earth (small k, small q). Hebrew scholar
Robert Alter has looked long and hard at this passage, mining it for
its riches. He says the idea of rule means "a fierce exercise of
mastery." It is active, engaged, passionate. It is fierce.