Adam & Eve: Oversee the Garden and the Earth
Moses 2: 26-31 - Dominion... over all the Earth
And I, God, said: Let them have dominion over the fishes 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.
And I, God, created man in mine own image, in the image of mine Only Begotten created I him; male and female created I them.
And I, God, blessed them, and 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.
And I, God, said unto man: Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree in the which shall be the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein I grant life, there shall be given every clean herb for meat; and it was so, even as I spake.
And I, God, saw everything that I had made, and, behold, all things which I had made were very good; and the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
From these several verses above found in the Book of Moses located in the Pearl of Great Price, and also in Genesis 1:26-31, much information bursts from the record, though this article will focus primarily on the portion of it dealing with dominion.
What is dominion? Doing a search in Google, the first definition reveals that dominion is:
- sovereignty; control.
- the territory of a sovereign or government.
For all intents and purposes, it would appear that God made Adam and Eve King and Queen over the entire Earth. A fitting title to the only two people on the planet, a planet created for them and their posterity.
Adam and Eve were to govern the world in righteousness as stated while in the Garden of Eden. That decree did not die with them but became a heritage or birthright passed down to a righteous heir. It became the model for all following monarchies. For the purpose of this article alone, other verses speak about Adam and Eve's possessions and responsibilities to them.
This dominion came with a price tag. Adam and Eve had to subdue Eden's Garden, tame it. Work was involved--getting to know the Garden and how it grew, not conquer, but subdue it.
If the creation was summed into one sentence, Eve, woman, would be the period at the end of the sentence. Since God did not declare the work of creation complete and perfect until after Eve came to being.
After the theatrical expository description of the creation of the world as told by Moses and retold by countless of the other faithful servants of God, Man was the crowning achievement of God's creations. If the creation was summed into one sentence, Eve, woman, would be the period at the end of the sentence. Since God did not declare the work of creation complete and perfect until after Eve came to being.
Since God knows all things, He knew what would happen in the Garden with Adam before He formed the bodies of Adam and Eve. "He gave commandments unto men, they having first transgressed the first commandments as to things which were temporal, and becoming as gods, knowing good from evil, placing themselves in a state to act, or being placed in a state to act according to their wills and pleasures" Alma 12:31.
Adam and Eve's injunction to oversee the Garden and the Earth was one of the four commandments God gave:
God cannot make imperfect beings, so two perfect beings had to choose to fall from grace to give humanity a probationary state called mortal life to learn the difference between good and evil, chose the good and return in perfection to God through Jesus Christ.
Adam and Eve - Divine Inheritors
Ye are blessed of the Lord which made heaven and earth. The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s: but the earth hath he given to the children of men. Psalms 115:115-116
Why was it given unto man? Simple answer, it is in the DNA.
Adam and Eve were given the Earth because God decreed it, but also, they were created in the image of God, called His children, inheriting the birthright of God. They were Divine. They were perfect. The deserved the Earth.
Adam and Eve were fully divine. Two perfect people who decided to become imperfect to keep all of the commandments of God. This act of purposely bringing in imperfection in their lives was only possible because God's plan for a savior to eventually come and bring back perfection to Adam and Eve had already been in place from the beginning.
God cannot make imperfect beings, so two perfect beings had to choose to fall from grace to give humanity a probationary state called mortal life to learn the difference between good and evil, chose the good and return in perfection to God through Jesus Christ. The Book of Alma Chapter 42 in the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ contains the best treatise on the fall of Adam and the redemption through Christ Atonement.
Literally, only two men can claim sonship to God spiritually and physically. one is Adam and the other was Jesus Christ. These two have a special relationship because one was created from the dust or elements of the Earth while the other was the product of creation in the womb as the Spirit overshadow a mortal woman.
Christ was partially divine, imperfect. Mortal and subject to the ails of mortality, Christ Did Not give into sin and the flesh. He attained full divinity through His complete obedience to God's laws.
Adam introduced sin and Jesus introduced Forgiveness through repentance. In Adam, all die. In Christ, all live! Speaking to the Saints at Corinth, Paul wrote,
For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
Adam was made to be a king over the Earth. He was the first of his kind. Eve is the only daughter of God as far as the Scriptures reveal. It was not necessary to make a divine feminine to make the atonement efficacious, but there existed a royal woman in Mary the mother of Jesus. She would have been a queen had Romans not occupied the land of Israel and Joseph would have been a King.
A loving Father gave us the charge and the blessing to be fruitful and to multiply and to have dominion so that we can develop and become even as He is.— Joseph W. Sitati Of the Seventy — "Be Fruitful, Multiply, and Subdue the Earth"
Heirs to the physical throne of the Earth which is the footstool of God, Adam and Eve give all humanity heirship to the Earth. Jesus Christ gives all men access to heirship in Heaven and beyond.
Adam and Eve were given dominion over the Earth because it was their birthright. Many may bemoan the fact that God fashioned their mortal bodies from the elements of the Earth, so they have no birth. Regardless of how their bodies came to be, these two, Adam and Eve were created in the image of God who claimed them as His son and daughter.
Heirs to the physical throne of the Earth which is the footstool of God, Adam and Eve give all humanity heirship to the Earth. Jesus Christ gives all men access to heirship in Heaven and beyond. Since Adam lost his heavenly heirship to make humanity possible, Jesus saved Adam from death to make divinity possible again in humankind as it was in the beginning. So the command to "Do" goes to humanity. The command not to "Do" also goes to humanity.
Do be fruitful industrious
Work hard to make life better
Do not eat the forbidden fruit
do not give in to sin just because it feels, tastes, looks, smells or sounds good
Do oversee the Garden and the Earth
Own your environment and make it work for the good of humanity
Do populate the Earth with people
Have children in lawful marriages built on love
© 2018 Rodric Anthony