2: Divine Order
Posted: Thursday, May 29th, 2014Print
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Martha's thorough and definitive series on one of the most pivotal spiritual issues, and one of the most misunderstood: Authority.
God has organized the universe in a divine order of authority. All of His creation – to the most minuscule part – is arranged in a pattern of hierarchy, of levels of authority. Even mankind.
From the Beginning,
God set powers in place to rule.
God made two great lights –
the greater light to govern the day and
the lesser light to govern the night.
Genesis 1:16 NIV (emphasis mine)
The moon rules the ocean tides.
The sun rules the seasons.
The power of these two Rulers is unquestioned and unchangeable. We are bound under the function of sun and moon, and humanity long ago accepted it by helplessness before it. We fish by the tides and plant by the seasons. We know that to go against that Authority is to fail and . . . go hungry.
To the authority of the sun and moon, we bow and live under the protection of that mastery. God created first, Light. Light has dominion over all life. Without Light and the rest from Light called Darkness, the whole earth would die. All the earth is subject to His Light.
Next He called for waters, then lands, to bear seed. Later He called for life to dwell in the sea and then, lands that would produce “creatures.” The animal kingdom functions in success because it operates in an innate concept of authority. From lion to rooster, order is established by the right of God-created dominion . . . by fight if necessary.
Without authority, there is the chaos of imbalance.
Within authority, there is the safety of order.
Authority is God bestowing His permission to lead. Authority is the organization of His purpose and through authority His purpose is realized.
At the last,
So God created mankind in His own image,
in the image of God He created them;
male and female He created them.
God blessed them and said to them,
“Be fruitful and increase in number;
fill the earth and subdue it.
Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky
and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
Genesis 1:27-28 NIV
Humanity was created to have authority. Not absolute authority – the heavens were excluded – but called to rule, created to reign and by that dominion, to fill the earth with fruitfulness.
Mankind was created to have authority! To live under it by an absolute submission and to exercise dominion for God and with Him. And that created purpose lives still in our very marrow, now perverted into a madness to rule . . . by control, or to control by being ruled.
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