Their Job was to Subdue

Filed In:

The Bible is a Book of Tales (Narrative Theology),

The Zeal of the Lord of Hosts (Post-Millennialism)


Confer: Gen 1.26-28, and Exodus 1.7

Look at these two passages, and notice what is missing from the second passage: the word “subdue.”

And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the land and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Gen 1.26-28

(Now remember that Land/Earth are the same word in Hebrew).

But the people of Israel were fruitful and increased greatly; they multiplied and grew exceedingly strong, so that the land was filled with them.

Ex 1.7

What follows?  Pharaoh is afraid that the Hebrews might subdue his kingdom.

They were doing their job.

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