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December 14, 2019

The Creation Mandate

Word In Life Bible Study • Theology of Work
The Bible's description of humanity's creation (Gen. 1:26-30) is often called the "creation mandate" because it reveals God's intentions for humanity.

Three of these fundamental purposes are:

. Work. People have been given responsibility (or "dominion," Gen. 1:28) over the earth to "subdue" it by cultivating, developing, and managing it in a way that meets human needs, takes care of the earth as a resource, and brings glory to God (see "People at Work" at Ps. 8:6).

. Family. People have been created male and female (Gen. 1:27) and thus are called to form families (1:28).

. Worship. God's creation of the world culminated in a day of rest and worship, a pattern which God tells people to follow (Gen. 2:1-3; Ex. 20:8-11).

These three purposes were established before sin entered the world (Gen. 3:6-7), and they were reinstituted even after the fall (Gen. 9:1-7; Ps. 8:6-8). Thus they are still in force today.

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