SETTING THE STAGE
In the beginning God spoke all things into being with the mere utterance of his voice. There was not a thing that was made apart from His sovereign decree. One creature, man, was the pinnacle of God’s creation. For man was created in the image and likeness of his creator. God gave man full dominion over the earth and issued a blessing upon the man (and woman). In this blessing God told man to be fruitful and multiply throughout the land. This was a divine decree ordaining man as the steward of all that God had created. Man was to reign under God, while in perfect harmony with God. This set man apart from all of the created creatures, for no other creature was created in God’s image and given dominion over the earth.
There was shalom in Eden. God walked with man, and man with his…
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