by J. B. Fagoyinbo
For the seven years or more, when Adam tended the earth in loneliness, there was no reason to subdue the earth in the sense of “bring into bondage”. After the formation of man, not creation, “the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it” (Gen 2:15).
The Lord God is consistent in His actions. Note God did not reverse the fact that husband is the head of the family in the case of parenting His Son “the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man” (Gen 2:22) “the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost” (Matt 1:20). In the account of the formation of man, we notice that God formed Adam earlier than Eve “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul…the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him… the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man” (Gen 2:7-22). In like manner, His selection of the family through who salvation came to mankind is consistent with His action at the formation of man “…Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?” (Gen 17:17)
Remember also that the issue of sweat to receive from the earth came after the fall “…cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it …Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee…In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread” (Gen 3:17-19).
To be able to effectively rule over the earth there would be the need to effectively cover the terrain and access the interior. Thus man has to devise means of accessing the resources within the earth’s crust, explore the depths of the oceans, access the top of mountains as well as move over the face of the earth. Developing the means of doing these is what God referred to as subdue.
As the population grew there was the spread of man to cover the earth but there was also need for communication; but it was tough and slow until “Christ…redeemed us from the curse” (Gal 3:13). Thus, we can see the rapid advancement in technical post-Christ as against the slow pace of technology grow pre-Christ.
The highest level of technology prior to Christ was evidenced by the oldest known lens which was ground about 1000 BC by an Assyrian maker, Archimedes’ elevator, an ancient Greek calculating machine built about 150 to 100 BC. The period from the first man to Christ was about 2.5 million years. The leaps from the Christ-era level of technology to the present technology advancement which has progressed into space exploration spans a microscopic 2100 years.
How Do You Fit into the “Subdue It” Blessing?
The first thing for you to know is the purpose for which you were created “to dress it and to keep” the earth (Gen 2:15). Remember the word earth, as used by God, encompasses all the terrains available to man: the universe. The original translators of the Bible referenced earth within the limit of their knowledge. Creating man in His image implies creativity in man: man is ordained by God to reason, explore, plan, strategize, build, etc. and you can only effectively do this “if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant” (Ex 19:5): The same verse gives the promise “then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people” (Ex 19:5).
Your aspirations towards professional development, career choice and advancement should remember God’s expectation and blessing. The blessing is renewed for you if you go to the Father through Him who “was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Isa 53:5). This blessing is available not only to Christians but to all mankind, but you have to access it through the LORD JESUS CHRIST