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Tend-Dominate-Rule-Prosper-Multiply

I. The Job Description 

Genesis [KJV]
1.26-28
26And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish 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. 27So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28And God blessed them, and God 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.
2.4-5
4These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, 5And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.
2.15
15And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. 

Genesis [CET]
1.26-28
26 God said, “Now we will make humans, and they will be like us. We will let them rule the fish, the birds, and all other living creatures. 27 So God created humans to be like himself; he made men and women. 28 God gave them his blessing and said: Have a lot of children! Fill the earth with people and bring it under your control. Rule over the fish in the ocean, the birds in the sky, and every animal on the earth.
2.15
15 The Lord God put the man in the Garden of Eden to take care of it and to look after it. 

TEND
To accompany as a protector; to look after, to guard, to watch over; to be in charge of, manage; to wait, to expect; to move in a certain direction, to be apt, to incline, to have or give a leaning; to do something; to lead or be directed*
DOMINATE
To rule, to govern, to tower over, to rise high above*
Root: latin ~ dominari: to rule, to be master; from dominus: master, ruler, lord*
RULE
An established guide or regulation fro action, conduct, method; complete set or code of; a fixed principle that determines conduct; custom; criterion, standard; way of acting; a decision, order, law; to have authority over; to settle by decree; to stand at or maintain a certain level, to prevail, to control*
PROSPER
To favor; fortunate, successful; to succeed, to thrive, to flourish*
MULTIPLY
To grow or increase in number; to increase in extent; to spread; to cause to increase in number; to make more in number by generation, reproduction, accumulation, or addition; to add to* 

II. The Fall 

Genesis KJV
3
17And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 18Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;  19In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. 
Cursed
Under a curse: to call down wrath upon, to corrupt; to bring evil or injury on* 

III. Partnership Confirmed

John KJV
17.13-23
13And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. 16They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. 18As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. 19And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. 20Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
1.29-33
29The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.  30This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. 31And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. 

Deuteronomy KJV
21.22-23
22And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be to be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree: 23His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged is accursed of God;) that thy land be not defiled, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance. 

Jesus became sin, cursed, and separated from GOD the Everlasting Father for us. The curse that was is now broken. The price is now paid in full. It is finished. 

IV. Your Choice

Deuteronomy KJV
30.19-20
 19I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: 20That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them. 

Acts KJV
16.30-31
30…, what must I do to be saved? 31And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. 

John KJV
14.16-18
16And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. 18I will not leave you comfortless [orphans]: I will come to you. 

* From Webster’s New 20th Century Dictionary Unabridged, 2nd Edition

©20090624 Dr David J. Rogers

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Through To The End

 

 

“And Nahor lived nine and twenty years, and begat Terah: And Nahor lived after he begat Terah an hundred and nineteen years, and begat sons and daughters. And Terah lived seventy years, and begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran. Now these are the generations of Terah: Terah begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begat Lot. And Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees. And Abram and Nahor took them wives: the name of Abram’s wife was Sarai; and the name of Nahor’s wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah,  and the father of Iscah. But Sarai was barren; she had no child. And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son’s son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram’s  wife;  and they went forth  with them from Ur  of the Chaldees,  to go  into the land  of Canaan;  and they came  unto Haran,  and dwelt  there. And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years: and Terah died in Haran.”

                “Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

“So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran. And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came. And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land. And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him. And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD.”

– Genesis 11:24 through 12:8 KJV

 

I.                    Vision, Plan, Action, Follow Through:

a.       Terah spoke forth the vision to go to Canaan

b.       Terah planned on going to Canaan and left Ur of the Chaldees

c.        Terah stopped his action in the middle of his journey and stayed in Haran

d.       Terah did not complete his journey into Canaan but stayed in Haran and died

 

II.                  Vision, Plan, Action, Follow Through:

a.       Abram received the vision while in Haran

b.       Abram collected all he had and his nephew

c.        Abram departed to fulfill the vision

d.       Abram followed all the way through to Beth-El

 

  1. Have you been given a vision, an idea, a goal, a concept of what you would like to do or can do?

 

  1. Have you acted without vision or a plan? What were the results?

 

  1. Have you acted on a vision with a plan but failed to go all the way there? What stopped you?

 

  1. Have you completed a journey, a visualized goal or plan?

What were the results of you going all of the way through to the end?

How did that make you feel?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I.                    God has a plan and a purpose for each of us.

 

For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. – Jeremiah 29.11 NRSV

 

‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’ – Jeremiah 33.3 NKJV

 

Q: What plan or purpose has God communicated to you?

Q: What is the vision and purpose God has spoken into your life?

 

Exercise:

          Write out your vision, that thing you want to accomplish.

          Write out your plan to achieve that

          Write out your action steps to achieve your plan

          Write out what checks and milestones you will need to keep you on track

 

II.                  Knowing that obstacles come and things may distract you from your vision, what steps can you take to keep you from staying in your personal ‘Haran’?

Q: Are you currently in your own ‘Haran’?

Q: What can you do to get out of there?

 

Exercise:

          Write out your current situation as it relates to your vision.

          Write out your current obstacles to achieving your vision.

          Write out your action steps necessary to get you on track with your vision.

 

III.               Vision, Plan, Action, Follow Through:

Q: Do you have a vision or a plan or a theme or a thing you want out of life?

Q: What would it take for you to get there? What would you have to do?

Q: What is stopping you from acting on that today?

Q: What is stopping you from being able to follow all of the way through to the end?

 

Exercise:

          Write out your vision, make it plain.

          Write out the details. Count the cost, detail the needed resources, list the people who can help, and what steps need to be accomplished?

          Of those things in your plan, what can be acted on today? Tomorrow? Next week? Next month? Next year?

          What decision points, milestones, checks, reminders, or mechanisms do you need to help you follow all of the way through to the end?


© 2009 Dr. David J. Rogers for Creekside Connect – a community outreach of TrueNORTH Church Frisco TX

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