August 22, 2019

Dominion Over Animals and Pets

Genesis 1:26 – “Furthermore God said, Let us make man in our image according to our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the heaven, and over the beasts, and over all the earth, and over everything that creepeth and moveth on the earth.”

However, if you don’t believe in Creation you might have a tough time understanding what the Creator meant and intended by giving man, also his creation, “dominion” over the beasts (notice he didn’t say pets) and over EVERYTHING that creeps and crawls on the earth.

Misguided animal lovers and animal rights activists have it all wrong. Some might think from some of my previous comments about perverted animal lovers that I might take the side of demented people, as described in this article, about the notion that no animal should be “owned” for any purpose, from growing to eat or owning as pets. I never said you shouldn’t have pets. What I was suggesting is that the extent to which far too many carry their actions with pet ownership, as well as placement of animals in the hierarchy, have been seriously misplaced.

Our post normal society thinks nothing of killing unborn babies and yet you will be locked up if found “abusing” an animal. No, we shouldn’t abuse animals but we also shouldn’t be disobeying the Word of Yahweh in that “Thou shalt not kill!”

This same society thinks nothing of shoving into the mouths of our children all kinds of poisonous foods that are killing us and yet we may choose to malnourish our children and spending our money to make sure our pets get high-quality foods and medical care.

I’m not sure that Yahweh intended animals to become pampered pets…perhaps not even pets at all. Although He gave us “dominion” so that we could find uses, including the eating thereof, one might question the extent to which we have provided human surroundings and care for them.

I might say, enjoy your pets but not at the expense of humans.

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Yahweh Gives, Man Takes Away (Known as Stealing)

I was sent a news story that actually appears in the Western AG Reporter (online – free subscription required). There is nothing special or unique about this story. It seems to be repeated every day. A man struggles to exercise the commands and rights given him by his Creator in order to make a living raising ranch animals.

I can only speak for what is obviously going on in America with a perverted love fest between misled and misguided citizens and animals in general.

We’ve all heard the cliche love is blind. Well, there is so much unnatural “love” for animals, much of the inhabitants of this country are so blinded they are failing to see Yahweh’s purpose in his creation of all animals and the “dominion” he gave his children over that resource.

Much of what the Scriptures talk about concerning unnatural affection for any animal is addressing having sex with an animal. We know that exists and has for centuries. This is not the perversion of which I am referring.

Some people also like to cherry-pick passages from Scripture that they believe instructs us not to “abuse” the animals. The King James Bible online groups together their idea of verses instructing us about animal cruelty. I will tell you now it is near impossible to understand the verses selected without having the full context, do yourself a favor and do your homework. In general, Yahweh tells us that we should take care of our beasts of burden, much in the same way that a man that makes his living driving a truck should take care of his truck. It is difficult for most people to separate their understanding of the differences between animal cruelty and responsibly taking care of the resource Yahweh gave us.

Let’s look at the Book of Genesis, Chapter 1 beginning at verse 24 where Moses describes Yahweh’s creation of the animals of the world and describes His intent and purposes. (Note: Contained in [brackets] you will find word, terms, and definitions from the original Hebrew in hopes that it might help you better understand.)

24 ¶ Moreover God said, Let the earth bring forth [yâtsâ’ – go (causatively bring) out, in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively, direct and proximate] the living thing [nephesh – a breathing creature, that is, animal or (abstractly) vitality; used very widely in a literal, accommodated or figurative sense] to his kind, cattle, and that which creepeth, and the beast of the earth according to his kind, and it was so.

25 And God made the beast of the earth according to his kind, and the cattle according to his kind, and every creeping thing of the earth according to his kind: and God saw that it was good.

26 Furthermore God said, Let us make man in our image according to our likeness, and let them rule [râdâh – to tread down, that is, subjugate; specifically to crumble off: – (come to, make to) have dominion, prevail against, reign, (bear, make to) rule, (-r, over), take.] the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the heaven, and over the beasts, and over all the earth, and over everything that creepeth and moveth on the earth.

27 Thus God created the man in his image: in the image of God created he him: he created them male and female.

28 And God blessed them, and God said to them, Bring forth fruit, and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it, [ kâbash –to tread down; hence negatively to disregard; positively to conquer, subjugate, violate: – bring into bondage, force, keep under, subdue, bring into subjection.] rule over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the heaven, and over every beast that moveth upon the earth.

29 And God said, Behold, I have given unto you every herb bearing seed, which is upon all the earth, and every tree, wherein is the fruit of a tree bearing seed: that shall be to you for meat. [‘ôklâh – food: – consume, devour, eat, food, meat.]

30 Likewise to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the heaven, and to everything that moveth upon the earth, which hath life in itself, every green herb shall be for meat, and it was so. (emboldening added.)

There are key points to consider. Verse 26 refers to “dominion” or “rule” depending on which translated version you are using. That is why I refer back to the original written Word in Hebrew. The Hebrew word “râdâh” means to subjugate, to have dominion over, to rule, to take. The Hebrew language is different than our “English” language. One Hebrew word can have many meanings and uses. However, it appears this particular word has a narrowly focused meaning.

Yahweh commanded Adam to take control over all of these things and fill the earth but most importantly that all these things were provided for “meat” – meaning food to eat.

But I realized there are other issues at play here and therein lies many of the difficulties in sharing of those resources that our Creator gave us.

The first big obstacle might be that you don’t believe in Yahweh and that He created all things. Perhaps it’s Evolution or some other belief. That is fine with me. I have no intention of trying to force you to change your ways simply because you don’t believe the same as me. I only expect the same in return. You want to take all from me. I want only to take what is responsible to “fill the earth” and sustain, have dominion over, the resource to ensure its healthy existence. Isn’t that what Yahweh intended?

Which brings us to another very serious problem. Many people don’t care what millions of us believe and what we choose to practice. Their selfishness and greed cause them to demand – to demand such things as no more subjugating, ruling, taking, and having dominion over the beasts of the field, the fishes in the waters and fowl of the air for MEAT (food). They demand to deny me that gift of Yahweh and yet I demand nothing of them.

I have a deep appreciation of animals. They are Yahweh’s creation. But I also have a deep appreciation of what He told Adam was the purpose of those resources and it was not to let them become diseased and a useless object to only be looked up at one’s whim. To control, to rule over, to subjugate and have dominion of the beasts of the earth, fishes of the sea, and fowl of the air doesn’t mean hands off and let them do their own thing.

If it was intended by Yahweh that His Creation would “balance itself” he would have told us so and given different instructions.

He didn’t!

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