Human Commission and Abrahamic Promise

And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. – Genesis 1:26-28

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The first chapter of Genesis recounts the story of Yahweh God creating the world, culminating in His creation of Man. We are told that Man has a specific purpose – dominion. The natural world by itself is not made to exist alone and unhindered. God designed it to be in subjection to the human species over which He has placed it. Man is the steward, the right hand of God in His creation.

Once Man had been created, he was given his commission. That commission included to “be fruitful and multiply” (procreate), and replenish (or fill) the earth. This is not to be overlooked. God’s commission was not worded as a suggestion or an option. It was a command. The dominion for which God created Man was to be achieved by means of procreation. The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof (I Corinthians 10:26), and His dominion, established through His human creation, is thus spread throughout the entire world.

After the Great Deluge, God repeated His commission to Noah and His sons (Genesis 9:1,6). The duty of Man hadn’t changed after the cataclysm. It remained a task of dominion over the earth and its creatures, a task carried out through fecundity. YHWH had destroyed nearly all of mankind from the earth, but preserved it through Noah and his sons along with the animals. The commission given to Adam was now the responsibility of Shem, Ham, and Japheth. On them lay the Divinely-given duty of filling the earth with their progeny. The command to “be fruitful and multiply” being repeated shows that it wasn’t exclusive to Adam himself, but to humankind in general. This, with dominion over the earth, is the task of Man.

When Abraham found favor in the eyes of God, the Lord made a covenant with him which included promises of fecundity (Genesis 13:16, 17:4-6, 17:15-16, 22:17). What is interesting about this case is that what was a commandment to all those prior to Abraham was now also a blessing. In other words, God was ensuring to Abraham that he and his seed would be able to carry out, moreso than any other nation, the human commission which they had been given at Creation. Because of this incredible fecundity, it would be through Abraham’s seed that the dominion of God over the earth would be carried out. Abraham’s descendents would be the people of the dominion.

God repeated His promise to Isaac (Genesis 26:24) and then to Jacob (Genesis 28:14), whose name He changed to Israel (literally, “ruling with Elohiym”, ruling with God). This name change signified that it was at Jacob that the ruling family tree would branch out. While Abraham begat two nations (Ishmael and Isaac) as did Isaac (Jacob and Esau), Jacob begat the twelve tribes through whom God had chosen to establish one mighty, prolific nation for the purpose of dominion. Hence it was Jacob and his descendents who both bore the name of “Israel”.

God was creating a special nation who would carry out His rule on the earth, establishing His dominion. In order to carry out that commission, He blessed them with great reproductive success, so much so that they would stand out from among all the other nations as the most populous. However, as is the case with any blessing from God, it came with a serious responsibility. The purpose for the fruitfulness of Abraham’s seed was not for the glory of Abraham and the establishment of Abraham’s dominion, but rather for the glory of God and the establishment of His dominion. The command was the same, but much more weighty in the case of Abraham’s descendants. As the old Spiderman quote so accurately goes: “With great power comes great responsibility.” God’s blessings are not designed for our own uses and purposes, but like the talents doled out to the servants when their master went on a journey (Matthew 25:14-30), we are expected to put them to use for the Kingdom. Using them for our own purposes or neglecting to put them to work at all is wasteful and irresponsible. To whom much is given, much is required (Luke 12:48).

Special status in the Kingdom is not by any means a source of pride, but should be a source of sobriety and humility. Even Jesus Christ, the King Himself, served the most lowly and sat with the downtrodden and sinners. He gave of Himself and taught the precepts of God without seeking anything in return. He had all the power, and He used it to serve. Likewise, the special lineage of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, while blessed with a unique ability to reproduce in keeping with the human commandment, should give all the glory to the Father, ruling in a dominion of service and righteousness.

This promise of fecundity by no means lessens the command to the same. If we hold the promise, it is our responsibility to employ it in the Kingdom’s service to our utmost ability. If two people are given the task of tilling a garden, and one is given a gasoline-powered tiller and the other given a hoe, the one with the tiller bears the greater expectation and responsibility to accomplish more tilling. He isn’t any better than the other servant. He is tasked with more because he is capable of more. The same holds true for those who bear God’s blessing on the descendants of Jacob.

Once we understand this, we can simply look at the demographics of the world population to see who bears this blessing and thus the accompanying responsibility. If we trust that Yahweh God is always true to His promises, we can simply note which people is the most populous, and thus identify His servant lineage. The most populous are those of Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, Germanic, Scandinavian, and kindred descent. Historically, these people have been the most prolific in reproduction and have been most active through the centuries in carrying the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world. If you are one of these people, then it is on you that the Israelite promise of fecundity and the responsibility of dominion lies. It is no accident that the other peoples are called minorities. The most populous people, the majority, true to God’s promise, are Caucasian Israelites. No other people, especially the so-called “Jews” who falsely claim the title of “Israel”, can fit into the glass slipper of Divine promise. If any other people is Israel, then Yahweh God has not kept His word.

Christian Israelites have a two-fold task: First, the human commission which all people share, to be fruitful and multiply and subdue the earth, and second, the Israelite responsibility to humbly make full use of the promise of fecundity. Neither the commission nor the promise have at any time been rescinded. They are as much in effect now as in the days of Adam or Jacob. We must not neglect this powerful tool which God has granted us.

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