Authority! Isn’t that what all of us would like to have? Authority affords us privileges that others don’t have. We’re an elite group – the ones with authority. Would you like to know how to get authority that makes a way for you when there is no way, authority that opens doors that otherwise would remain shut forever? Keep reading; this is going to be an exciting journey!
Let’s start in the beginning, in Genesis, where we see God giving mankind authority over the whole earth.
Genesis 1:26 (KJV) 26 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.
Here we see that God has chosen to make mankind in His image and likeness and give them dominion – authority- over the earth. In other words, He has given mankind the rule over the earth. The earth now belongs to man – God’s man.
But, wait – something horrendous happened. Adam, God’s man, sold out to a snake – satan, and transferred his authority to the enemy of God, thus plunging the entire human race into a downward spiral that only God could redeem him from.
You see, God’s original intention was that His man would rule the earth, subdue it, and take dominion over it. God knew that it was possible or He wouldn’t have given him authority to do it. But, Adam and Eve believed the lies of that lying serpent, satan, and committed high treason.
Do you think that surprised God? No! It didn’t surprise Him (they had a free will) but I believe it terribly disappointed Him. He had walked and talked and fellowshipped with Adam and Eve daily. He had already given them everything there was on planet earth with one exception – the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, Blessing and Calamity. This was the only stipulation for them – not to eat of it. One tree!
They already knew about the goodness of God but they didn’t know anything about evil. If God had wanted them to know about evil, He would teach them in His own time.
Continued next time — Pamela