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Genesis 1:29 & meaning...

“I have 

given you every herb yielding seed, which is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree, which bears fruit yielding seed. It will be your food.”

Genesis 1:29


Genesis 1 [26.] God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the sky, and over the livestock, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in his own image. In God’s image he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them. God said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” God said, “Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed, which is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree, which bears fruit yielding seed. It will be your food. To every animal of the earth, and to every bird of the sky, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food;” and it was so.


This verse comes at a crucial juncture in the biblical narrative, as it recounts the creation of humanity and the establishment of God's initial covenant with us. In this verse, God grants humanity dominion over the earth and its resources, entrusting us with the care and cultivation of His creation. We are not merely passive recipients of God's provision; rather, we are active participants in His plan for the world.

At its core, Genesis 1:29 underscores God's abundant provision for our physical needs. God, in His infinite wisdom and generosity, has furnished the earth with an abundance of plant-based foods to sustain us. From the fruits of the trees to the herbs of the field, every provision reflects God's care for His creation and His desire for our well-being. As we partake of these gifts, we are reminded of God's goodness and grace, and we express gratitude for His ongoing provision in our lives.

But Genesis 1:29 is more than just a list of permissible foods; it is a profound statement about our relationship with creation and our role as stewards of the earth. In granting us dominion over the earth, God entrusts us with the responsibility to care for and cultivate His creation. We are called to be faithful stewards of the resources entrusted to us, managing them wisely and responsibly for the benefit of all.

This concept of stewardship is echoed throughout Scripture, reinforcing the idea that we are accountable to God for how we use the resources He has given us. In Genesis 2:15, we read that "Yahweh God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate and keep it." Here, we see the mandate for humanity to care for the garden, to cultivate its fruitfulness, and to protect its integrity. This mandate extends beyond the garden to the entire earth, as we are called to exercise responsible stewardship over God's creation.

Furthermore, Genesis 1:29 highlights the interconnectedness of all living things and our shared responsibility to care for the earth and its inhabitants. By adopting a plant-based diet, we honor the sanctity of life and affirm our commitment to peace, compassion, and sustainability. This dietary choice reflects God's original intention for creation, where harmony and balance reign, and all living creatures coexist in peace (Isaiah 11:6-9).

In our modern context, Genesis 1:29 challenges us to consider our consumption habits and their impact on the environment, animal welfare, and global food security. As we face pressing issues such as climate change, deforestation, and food scarcity, we are called to reflect on how our choices align with God's vision for creation and our responsibility as stewards of the earth.

In conclusion, Genesis 1:29 is a foundational passage that speaks to God's provision, our responsibility as stewards, and the interconnectedness of all living things. It invites us to embrace a holistic vision of creation care, where our dietary choices, consumption habits, and lifestyle practices reflect our commitment to honoring God, caring for His creation, and promoting justice and sustainability for all.

PIB Scriptures are derived from the World English Bible


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