It Was Very Good - Genesis 1:27-31

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
— Genesis 1:27-31

There was a less violent beginning to all things before the fall and curse. Humans and animals were vegetarians and there was no need for death (picking fruits and vegetables actually helps plants). Man lived in the paradise of the Garden of Eden, and the first Man and Woman had everything they needed. In this context there were two basic commands given to mankind: 1) Be fruitful and multiply (have children) and 2) Subdue the earth and have dominion over the other animals as their master. So was created man’s capacity to be a cultivator and a care-taker. God was basically saying "I have created all these beautiful things, now you improve and take good care of them." In a sense we still have these roles today. People get married and have children and fill the earth. You also must find something in life to improve, and be a good steward or caretaker over. This will ultimately be true again when God gives all His children in Christ the new Heavens and Earth. God created work and work is good. God has work for you to do in this life and in the next for his glory. "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might."

Life Application Questions:

  1. Do you recognize that the very ordinary matter of getting married and having children is an amazing miracle that was intended from the start?
  2. What do you have for your work in subduing the earth and being a steward today?

Prayer Helps: Praise God for His infinitely wise design and purposes for us...His ways are always best!