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Genesis 1:28 - Fill the earth and subdue it

NIV God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."
KJV 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.
NASBGod blessed them; and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth."
Genesis 1:28


This is the first Great Commission that is given to mankind. Notice that God tells Adam and Eve to actively engage the world that He has created. This was repeated thousands of years later when Jesus said to His disciples, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Matt 28:18-12) Like Adam and Eve, we are called to engage the world with the good news of God's mercy in Jesus.

Today's commentary by:
Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, Grace NYC

Grace NYC