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June 8, 2007 / beidson

How a Blind Man Subdues the Earth: Reflections on Genesis 1:28

The other day I happened to be following a blind man through a building, and of course, I was interested to see how he would manage his way through the building. Well, he did just fine. He happened to have a dog that led the way, but I am sure that he could have done just as well without the dog, because I’ve seen it done before.
As I followed him, I couldn’t help but think of how incredible it is that even people who don’t have the blessing of eyesight are perfectly capable of mastering the terrain. And what’s more, this man had even mastered a dog. I listened as he gave it gentle commands, and affirmation when the dog did well, especially as they ascended up the stairs without a single misstep. The dog was completely obedient to his master; it did exactly what it was told.
This reminded me of God’s command to Adam and Eve: “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth 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” (Genesis 1:28). Indeed, this man had dominion over his dog, and over every piece of ground on which he walked. Though he could not see where he was going, he knew exactly what he was doing. He was able to live a normal life because he had mastered an animal to assist him.
One day another Man will descend on an animal, a white horse. The one sitting on it is called “Faithful and True” (Rev. 19:11). He will come to subdue the earth, and every creature on it. Every animal will obey him. “The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them” (Isaiah 11:6).
This man will be followed by those who were blind, but through him, gained their sight; those who were dead, but through him, came to life. Jesus Christ will lead the way for us who have hoped in him, and in his saving grace and resurrection power. And at his glorious appearing, all eyes will behold him; even the blind man, and even his dog.

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