Genesis 1:26-31, Yom Shishi Part 2: After the Resurrection
[This is the seventh in a series about Creation week, specifically, how each day corresponds to the progress men and women make as they exercise their salvations, showing that the fruitfulness of the physical earth is God’s foreshadowing of spiritual success.]
On Yom Echad – the First Day – I separated God’s Word from “darkness”, which is everything that attempts to overcome the truth.
On Yom Sheni – the Second Day – I learned that I have excesses like the earth had excess water. God not only “circumcises” my excess but teaches me how to rely on “Heaven.”
On Yom Shlishi – the Third Day – I accepted that Israel (the Kingdom of God)- differs from “the nations”. In Israel, I discover faith produces good works of fruitfulness.
On Yom Revi’i – the Fourth Day- I learned that the temporary lights of Torah are the key to experiencing God on his time, and preparing me for more difficult days to come.
On Yom Chamishi– the Fifth Day- I brought the message of Good News to the nations, and sought that which is lost.
On Yom Shishi Part 1-the Sixth Day- I resigned myself to oversee the Kingdom in the twilight of my life, because I have lived it, and seen everything.
Yom Shishi Part 2- Man’s Judgment and Our Resurrection
God said, “Let’s make man in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the sky, and over the livestock, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in his own image. In God’s image he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them. God said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” God said, “Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed, which is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree, which bears fruit yielding seed. It will be your food. To every animal of the earth, and to every bird of the sky, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food;” and it was so. God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. There was evening and there was morning, a sixth day. (Genesis 1:26-31)
At the literal level, this text describes a culminating event, one in which God presents the earth as a gift to His most precious creation- human beings. Everything built over the previous week had been waiting for the climax of humanity to maleh (“fill”) the earth. The implication is that God from the Beginning wanted a full earth to attract as many men as possible into His Kingdom. In other words, God commanded mankind to fill the earth; Yeshua commanded to make disciples of a full earth (Matt 28:19, Mk 16:15). The latter does not happen without the former.
On a somber note, “mankind” has traditionally resisted every blessing God has given. He taught us to be fruitful and multiply; we made harems and killed each other in the days before the Ark (Gen. 6:1-5). He told us to fill the earth; we dug in our heels at Bavel (Gen. 11:4). He taught us to subjugate animals and make them work for us; we subjugated ourselves to Nimrod and conquerors like him, who made men work like animals (Gen. 10:8-10; 1 Sam 8:11-17). Finally, instead of taking dominion, the “likeness of God” made images of fish, birds, of every animal; we prostrated ourselves before them (Deut 4:17-18). God has always wanted mankind to prosper in multiplication and using the earth to his advantage, but He never wanted man to fear the earth (i.e. “climate change”) or use it to entrap other humans for whom it was created, such as placing patents on “green things”. I’m not saying God is against inventions and patents, but… patents on plants?!!
So, if mankind resisted the mandate to prosper with dominion, does that make God a liar? Of course not! Mankind will certainly have dominion over the earth, it’s just that God didn’t disclose the costs… in the Beginning. Over time, Torah, Prophets, and Psalms all reveal a Kingdom of God with power – led by a King with a governing class upon his shoulder (Isa 9:6). Through the eyes of the prophetic, the text can be understood as being fulfilled… after our resurrection.
Therefore, the prophetic reading of this Genesis text also forecasts a culminating event – the fulfillment of our salvation in Messiah Yeshua. The foreshadowing of our realizations, confusions, adjustments, maturing, labors, and making disciples hidden in Genesis’s first week ends with the redemption of our souls, when the Kingdom of God takes “dominion” (Heb. radah) over the entire earth. Let’s consider:
God uses the word bara three times to create mankind, which is a hint at God’s desire for a covenant (bara a picture of “new house of the Lord”); the stress of bara in verse 27 seems to hammer this notion into the text and indicates the completion of God’s covenant in the resurrection. Also stressed is the text that God “created man in His image, in His image He created them, male and female created He them.” Therefore, it stands to reason if God created man in His image (actually one man, Adam), and man was created male and female at the same time (the female was within Adam according to later chapters of Scripture) – then God was hinting His nature is also male and female at the same time! In the resurrection, males and females will be total equals just as Messiah taught us (Matt 22:30), and we will be one again as in the original image of God.
As demonstrated above, we generally resisted every mandate of man in the natural sense. In the prophetic sense of forecasting the resurrection, we will too have dominion with the King of all the Earth, Messiah Yeshua. We will rule and reign with Him and comprise His government when His kingdom extends to the “ends of the earth”. We will have dominion over the following survivors (see Zech. 14:16) who fall into one of these prophetic biblical patterns:
- Fish of the sea: Men of the Gentile nations (See Yom Chamishi).
- Birds of the sky: Persecutors and Enemies of the Kingdom of God (See Yom Chamishi).
- Animal: The humbled and wanting to learn (See Yom Shishi Part 1).
- Moving over the Earth: Those who learn enough to be sent out (See Yom Shishi Part 1).
Lastly, once again the whole earth is charged to find sustenance in green things, and fruit trees, and everything that sustains the earth. This is actually a prophetic hint that we learned earlier in the week on Yom Shlishi. The green trees are indicative of good works, and those sealed of YHVH. What God is saying is that the whole earth will look to the redeemed of YHVH that time for life-sustaining “food”, which is of course the way of YHVH.
The green things at the culmination of every working day – while God is still working – indicates that of all the experiences we have in this life, it’s what we learn on Day Three that lasts longer than time itself. This is the day when our “green” appears, which I identify as good works of love, tenderness, joy, fellowship, kindnesses, charity – basically everything we call “fruit of the Spirit”. There will be a day when the temporal nature of Torah fades away, but the works of love therein – demonstrated plainly in Messiah Yeshua’s life (“whatsoever you would have men do for you, this do, for this is the Law and the Prophets”) – these will be needed most of all. After the resurrection, the nations will have been defeated, ashamed, and bewildered. This will be the time to show the same love shown us by Almighty God. However, if we cannot love one another in this life, and bless our enemies also, we may not be around to express it in the next life. This is what I believe God shows us everywhere in His Scriptures, starting here on Page One, “In the Beginning.”