by Kristen C. Srocchia
“And God said, ‘Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.’ And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the animals that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” Genesis 1:24-26
I can just feel the tremulous excitement coursing through Day 5 and into Day 6–like a dam breeched whose streams rush feverishly into its surroundings. Countless kinds of fish and birds spoken into existence, appearing throughout Creation. Life bubbling in every heap of water and mound of sky. A living ecosystem waiting to accept more life.
Then come animals. Walkers, trotters, prowlers and crawlers. Scurriers, slitherers, bounders and stampeders. Every kind of land animal ever to exist appearing on the earth for the first time all in one day. Big animals intended to live free as wild creatures. Smaller animals–perhaps both wild and domestic–to inhabit every nook and cranny of every ecosystem. Animals that would be good for livestock, supporting the agrarian post-fall-of-sin livelihoods of the Creation yet to come.
And God saw that the animal kingdom was good on His created earth. But He did not–after any part of His creation Day 1 through the present part of Day 6–declare that His creation was complete. Because He had one more masterpiece up His sleeve. The piece de resistance. A Creation like none of His previous handiwork.
As much as biology would like to classify man in the animal kingdom, God, herein, created us separately. Not only that, but we were created in God’s very own image with the expressed purpose of ruling over the animal kingdom as God rules over us.
None of the other creation can willfully think and learn, willfully love, hope and believe. None of the other creation can enter willingly into a relationship with their creator God or one with another.
And none of the other creation can choose to act outside of the purpose for which they were created.
With this freewill–and a triune aspect: mind [aka heart/spirit], body and soul–human beings alone resemble their Creator. But by these same endowments, they also reject and deny Him.
We were called to rule the Creation, but we prefer instead to rule ourselves and our fellow man in God’s stead. Taking His rightful place as Creator and God. Setting ourselves up as gods rather than the Stewards of the Creation that we were made to be.
Is God the sole ruler of your life? Do you steward the Creation by His design for human life?