The Great Commission and the Cultural Mandate

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Beginning with St. Matthew 28:16, we read that Jesus and the eleven travel up the mountain to receive the Great Commission.

But why a mountain? To remind the eleven of both Moses and Adam. One with the Mountain from where they received the Ten Commandments and the other Mountain of the Garden of Eden where they received the “Dominion Mandate.”

The first dominion mandate is often called the “cultural mandate” given to Adam and Eve on the sixth day of creation. Here Jesus uses the same geography and imagery to remind us of the intention of redemption – Paradise Restored!

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Steve Macias
Father Steve Macias is an Anglican priest in California's Silicon Valley. He is the Headmaster of Canterbury Christian School, Rector of Saint Paul’s Anglican Church, and Archdeacon of the West Coast for the Anglican Churches of America. He is married to Sarah and the father to Athanasius, Anselm, Assumpta, Basil and Zoe. His professional work consulting with political campaigns, leading nonprofit organizations, and in the California State Capitol has been recognized by The Los Angeles Times, National Review Magazine, Our Sunday Visitor, The Chalcedon Foundation, and numerous online and print publications. You can reach him on twitter @stevemacias.

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