sheep [tsone'] and oxen, ['eleph] yea, and
the beasts [bahemah] of the field; [sadeh]KJV-Interlinear
7 All sheep
and oxen, And also the beasts of the field, NASB
Humanity was given authority over the domestic animal population as well as the wild animal population.
The sheep and oxen refer to the domesticated and subservient animals.
The beasts of the field, refers to those animals that roam freely in the open ranges.
And as for the authority given to mankind, notice that God did not give us authority over higher beings, but of lower creatures only. Those who have little mental capability and are driven mostly by instincts.
So when boasting, humanity can state that he is considered by God to be capable of leading animals, but not much more.
And given the history of humanity, that would seem to be the case.
Animals have a practical use for work, for clothing, and for food, but they also have an additional use, and that is to teach the principles of salvation through the sacrifice of the Savior and the sustenance provided through grace thereafter.
These principles all come through the sacrificial offerings explained in Leviticus.
So, not only does man have authority over and lower life, but he himself is taught about life, the spiritual life, and eternal life by means of those same lower creatures.
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