"CREATED TO RULE" by Bill Stoner

What did God mean by creating mankind to rule?

Read: Genesis 1:26-28/3:1-7


Adam: What did you do Eve?

Eve: What do you mean, what did I do? You ate of that fruit too.

Adam: We believed that creature? We believed a serpent over God?  We’re toast!

Eve: But he made sense. Why would just eating a bite from that fruit cause us to die? Don’t you want to know good from evil? And wisdom, who doesn’t want more wisdom?


Adam: Yeah Eve. That makes lots of sense. But you’re missing  one small point.

Eve: What’s that? 

Adam: God said, “Do Not Touch!!!!!  Come on Eve, let’s get the needle and thread and start sewing, I foresee a rough future for us.


Adam and Eve (who would receive these names very shortly) have just opened the door to a future of pain and trouble. They disobeyed God and brought sin not only into their own lives but also into the life of every man and woman who would be born after them. As the book of Romans says, “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way, death came to all men (and woman) because all have sinned.” (5:12)

Did you notice the passage you were to read first? Genesis 1:26-28. Before all this happened, God fills us in on what he thought of His creation. First, man was created in His image, in His likeness. Last week I was subbing for the Art teacher at one the local elementary schools. Each child was to draw a picture that was on their computer. One 4th grader chose the picture of a woman who was a nurse in the hospital. She drew her own version of the picture and it was outstanding. I even asked her if I could take a picture of it. (who knows, she could be the next Michelangelo). Her picture was in the likeness of the portrait on the computer and though it was very well done, it was not the original.

We are not God, but He decided He wanted to create us to be like Him. Think about that, God wanted us to be like Him! That is awesome. (that word is very much overused in the church today, but here is one place it certainly belongs!). Secondly, God created us to rule! He put us in charge of the fish, the birds, and every other creature that crawls upon the face of the earth. We were supposed to be “big stuff”, important, not with an arrogant spirit, but a sense of pride, of accomplishment. And then everything changed. When Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit, they brought in sin. By disobeying God, they brought death and despair upon themselves as well as every man and woman born after them.

Apply: Everything we do, everything we touch, will potentially be tainted with sin. It can ruin relationships, it can cause problems at our jobs, it can even bring despair into our everyday lives. But probably as a seasoned Christian you already know this, but there is something that we often forget. Again, Paul says in Romans, “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.” (5:1-2) We stand in grace! Sin can be a powerful force, but when it comes up against the grace of God, it doesn’t stand a chance. 

Bill is a retired pastor who continues teaching, discipling, and working with children through the church and by substitute teaching. He loves to serve his Lord.