RESTORING DOMINION: SABBATH SCHOOL LESSON 2 (SABBATH JULY 2, 2016 3RD QURT)
Hello once again and Happy Sabbath. Welcome to ALTTR INC audio Sabbath school, lesson study for week 2, July 2nd 2016. This lesson is titled Restoring Dominion. As usual let’s pray before we begin.
This Sabbath School Lesson finds its foundation in the memory text, Genesis 1:26: “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[a] the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
Before the fall, God had given Man dominion over the earth and everything in it. Being that God was the Creator, they did not have complete ownership of it, as Psalms 95:4 says that God holds the world in His hands. Adam and Eve were a son and a daughter of God, royalty that were set to rule over this territory that God had created….. according to His laws and principles.
As Adam and Eve fell, they did not only lose the image of God, but handed over their dominion to Satan as well…..
The role that Adam had as ruler of this territory was now given to Satan as Adam and Eve bowed before him, giving allegiance to him because of their willingness to submit to his temptations, as 1 John 3: 8 tells us that he who sins are followers of the Devil
The tactic that Satan used to take Adam’s status of having dominion over earth was to go for Adam’s crown. Proverbs 12:4 tells us that a woman can be her husband’s crown or his shame. Right before Adam was declared as having dominion over the earth, he was given Eve as a bride. This was his crowning moment. Then they were told to be fruitful and multiply and subdue the earth or have dominion over it.
Being that Eve was Adam’s crown, it was with her that Satan made his attack on their kingdom. With the crown now in Satan’s hand, Adam was soon to follow. This is how Satan became the god of this world.
We even see in Job 1, Satan holding the responsibility that was supposed to be Adam’s, in presenting a report before the Lord of the happenings of his territory.. In verse 6, we read about the sons of God who are the unfallen representatives of other worlds who came to present themselves before God. Satan, having dominion over the earth, came as a representative of Earth. Job 1:6 reads “Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. 7And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.”
Satan comes to this meeting, boasting to the creator of heaven and earth, that He is the one that now owns it. He said that he has walked up an down earth, which is God’s given way of claiming ownership of a territory. We find this to be true by looking at Genesis 13:17, where God gives Abraham a territory surrounding the plains of mamre outside of Sodom… He told Abraham to walk up and down it to claim the territory. The same things happened in Joshua 1:3 where God tells Joshua, that as he did for Moses, God would give Joshua all the land that His feet walked over.
Satan, here challenges the God of the Universe, exclaiming to him that he is RIGHTFUL OWNER of earth……… Now…… We know the Character of Satan…… What hope do we have….. if someone like this has dominion over the earth and everything it. If he continues to reign, all we have to look forward to is a future of darkness, depression and pain…….
This is why a plan was put in place to restore the dominion of earth to mankind. Jesus Christ, our creator, master, maker and King, set aside his crown, and as John 1:14 says, he became flesh like us. He lived like us experiencing every hardship that man experienced as Hebrews 4:15 tells us he experienced in his flesh all the infirmities and temptations brought to man, but was without sin. John 13:15 said that he came so he could also be our example, showing us how we should live….. Not only this, but 1 Corinthians 15:45 tells us that he came to be the Second Adam, to Gain the victory that the first Adam was unable to.
Through the first Adam, Sin entered the world, the glory of God was lost and Dominion was handed over to Satan. Through the Second Adam, The Man Jesus Christ, and his pure sacrifice, the shedding of his blood on the cross, He would gain the victory over sin and Satan, Taking this dominion back, and making it possible for the image of God to be restored in mankind once again, through Him.
Jesus Christ is now Rightful ruler of this earth, He is Lord of All……. If we look at the world right now, It may not seem that way, but it is true. Jesus Christ is now in Heaven doing his work As High Priest, working on our behalf and waiting until his enemies are made his footstool, meaning……. He is waiting for SIN to reach it fullest point, when all mankind can see a clear distinction between Righteousness and Sin, the Sources of Life and Death.
Just like in the days of Noah, our days will be, and when sin reaches its fullness and the minds of men are seen to be on evil continually. God will have his faithful few who he will come for, and he will eradicate sin, cleansing this earth and making it anew, Setting up his Rightful Throne, and giving us dominion over it once again……
What an Awesome and powerful God we serve, who will soon Restore Dominion of earth back to us… Praise The Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…