Subduing & Having Dominion


Genesis 1:26-28 provides us with a detailed sequence that will lead us all the way into the place of dominion.

Genesis 1:26-28                                                                                                                    26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “BE FRUITFUL and MULTIPLY; FILL THE EARTH and SUBDUE it; HAVE DOMINION over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Let’s define the five terms used in this sequence.

BE FRUITFUL:  Produce something; live a productive life

Proverbs 10:4  He who has a slack hand becomes poor,
but the hand of the diligent makes rich.

Proverbs 13:4  The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing;
but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.

Proverbs 22:13  The lazy man says, “There is a lion outside!
 I shall be slain in the streets!”


MULTIPLY:  Become larger; increasing levels of influence

Deuteronomy 1:11   May the Lord God of your fathers make you a thousand times more numerous than you are, and bless you as He has promised you!

Isaiah 60:22   A little one shall become a thousand,
and a small one a strong nation.
I, the Lord, will hasten it in its time.


FILL:  Replenish what is lacking; fill-up what is empty; satisfy the cry of the earth

Romans 8:19   For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.


SUBDUE:  Overcome resistance; conquer; disarm your enemies; taming (like a farmer tames an undeveloped field); caretaking of the earth; to harness the potential of something

Luke 11:21,22   21 When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace. 22 But when a stronger than he comes upon him and overcomes him, he takes from him all his armor in which he trusted, and divides his spoils.


DOMINION:  Prevail; walk on; stand above; rule; dominate . . . kingly

Dominion is the environment of peace and rest; the place of prevailing; the place of plentiful provision; the place of safety and security; the manifestation of glory

The Hebrew word for Dominion is RADA.  In agricultural terms it refers to the point higher up on the root of a plant; the center of strength for the plant; the part of the root keeping the plant firmly in the ground through strong winds.

The term, RADICAL refers to the first root-like structure that emerges from the planted seed.  Radical also refers to small group with influence who become a threat. And, it refers to a small group of atoms commonly found bonded together, which carry an electrical charge.

RADIUS means there is a small central point that is important to the larger whole.

Putting these thoughts together we discover that human beings are the center of strength for all of creation.  Dominion means we have influence over ALL THINGS

DOMINION is the practice of seeing, hearing, thinking, evaluating, making decisions, speaking, decreeing, and behaving like a king.


Psalm 72:8 describes the dominion of the Great King.

Psalm 72:8 He shall have dominion also from sea to sea,
 and from the River to the ends of the earth.

Psalm 72:12,13 describes what this dominion is supposed to look like.

12 For He will deliver the needy when he cries,
the poor also, and him who has no helper. 13 He will spare the poor and needy,
and will save the souls of the needy. 14 He will redeem their life from oppression and violence;
and precious shall be their blood in His sight.

Please notice that dominion has nothing to do with lording it over people with tactics of manipulation and control.  Dominion has everything to do with meeting the needs of people from a bountiful supply of resource.

DOMINION is the environment of peace and rest; the place of prevailing; the manifestation of glory.

Joshua 11:16-18 shows us Joshua in the mode of subduing.  Verse 16 tells us that Joshua took all this land.  Verse 18 says Joshua made war a long time with all those kings.

Joshua 11:23 describes Joshua living in the realm of dominion.  It says that Joshua took the whole land, and the land rested from war.  That is the place of dominion.

In I Chronicles 11:9 we see David in the mode of subduing.  He defeated the Jebusites and took the city of Jerusalem; something no one had been able to accomplish prior to David.  Verse 9 says that David went on and became great, and the Lord of hosts was with him.

In I Chronicles 18:3,13 we see David subduing at least five different enemies.  Verse 3 says that David went to establish his dominion by the River Euphrates.  Verse 13 tells us that the Lord preserved David wherever he went.

I Kings 5:3,4 then describes the realm of dominion.  Solomon described his father, David, as a man of war (subduing).  And then Solomon testified that the Lord had given him (Solomon) rest on every side. There were no adversaries, and there were no evil occurrences.

I Kings 4:24 tells us that Solomon had peace on every side.  Verse 25 says that Judah and Israel were dwelling in safety.  Verse 27 tells us there was no lack in their supply.  and, verse 31 tells us that Solomon was wiser than all men.  These descriptive statements are defining dominion for us.  David participated in multiple warfare battles to subdue all enemies.  Then Solomon, his son, enjoyed the fruit of David’s warring by reigning from the platform of dominion.

Subduing means confrontation, battle, warfare, aggression, militancy, and conquering.

Dominion means prevailing, rest, peace, safety, resources supplied, wisdom, and glory.

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