“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Genesis 1:26
At first read, it sounds like we are put in charge of everything. Certainly there are many animals that by nature are scared of humans and will flee if they have the chance. After reading this passage I had wondered why all animals don’t seem to have the fear of man in them. Some certainly seem ruthless and will kill you if they have the chance!
If we reference verses 21, 24 and 28, we will see that the animals God creates are categorized as follows:
1 – Great sea monsters
2 – other water creatures, such as fish
3 – Winged birds
4 – Cattle (domesticated animals)
5 – Creeping things
6 – Beasts of the field (wild animals)
Seeing this categorization, now when we re-read verse 26 (and verse 28 as well) we see that mankind was not appointed to rule over every living thing. Specifically missing from the list are 1 and 6 above – the great sea monsters and the beasts of the field. When verse 26 reads “… and over all the earth…” it does not appear to be speaking of a specific animal group, but I would guess rather the environment.
So perhaps this explains why Leviathan was spoken of so fiercely in the book of Job – ceratinly not a tamable creature!
And now, I will pose a question for a verse coming soon: What category of animal do you think a snake falls into? What does the bible say it is?