Subdue the earth from what?
How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer (Isaiah 14:12)
We should be asking from whom, not from what. The assignment is to subdue the earth from satan. When we read the account of creation in Genesis, we soon come to realize that somewhere in time, perhaps between verse one and verse two, satan was cast out of Heaven. We know satan is not in Heaven because he is going to make an appearance before Eve in the Garden. Furthermore, Jesus tells us in John 12:31 that satan is the ruler of this world. That truth is repeated in this passage from Luke 4:6-8:
And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.” And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ’You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’
Satan could not have offered to Jesus authority over the world unless he had it given to Him by God. We also notice that Jesus did not say to satan, “You have no authority to give me the earth.”
How To Subdue
All things considered, subduction (which is an applicable geological term) is an easy commission when you think about it: be fruitful and multiply! However, I submit to you (because not all are able) that this verse does not merely pertain to procreation.
Let’s go back to the opening Bible verse (I actually prefer the King James version of this passage, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish,” because it includes a third function: replenishment). Suddenly, it is not just about making babies, but making Christian disciples; i.e., leading people to Christ Jesus for His glory and good purposes.
Hear the reality: our assignment has never changed! If we are not actively subduing (or preparing to actively subdue), then in our idleness satan is increasing his territory upon the backs of lost souls.
We need not subject ourselves to hand-to-hand combat with the enemy. The battle is spiritual and is fought as souls are won to Christ. Our assignment is a work that God will do through those saints who are submitted to His good and perfect will. The question that remains is, “Are you a submitted follower of Christ?”
- What do these verses say about God?
- What do they say about you?
- What things might we need to address?
These articles may (or may not) relate to this blog (I have not read them):
- Yahweh, Christ and Mankind (divinityhc.wordpress.com)
- It Is Finished (pilgrimpassing.com)
- John Coffey: The Green Mile (patriciamarie83.wordpress.com)
- The Music & Entertainment Industry by ReAsOn DiSciPLe (davidicalhiphop.wordpress.com)
- Satan’s Convention- A Must Read (eachbeautifulmoment.wordpress.com)
- Who is God? (adifferenceforyourlovedones.wordpress.com)
- Q & A with Clint Archer, Part Two – Heaven (shaneleewilliamson.wordpress.com)
- Three Things Satan Does Not Want People to Know About God (jlue.wordpress.com)
- THE BLESSING is Empowerment (edandbethbarnesministries.wordpress.com)
- Let me tell you about my day. (omharris.com)
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