Be Fruitful and Multiply
“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”
“And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.”
Therefore, when God created the Earth His express will was for men and women to have many children. Moreover God states,
“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”
The one flesh talked about in this passage speaks first and foremost of the “children” produced by the union of male and female. This is how the two become one. Only in a secondary and spiritual sense do a man and women become one.
From the outset, when everything was perfect, God was very keen on children and says so over and over in scriptures. For instance we read,
“As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.”
In fact, I believe that children are the fundamental reason for this creation. God’s desire to have children, i.e. the sons of God, literally inspired Him to create the heavens, earth and mankind.
Do you realize that both Adam and Jesus were the literal sons of God? As it is written,
“Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.”
And we also read,
“The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God”
We are also becoming the sons of God through adoption and being “in Him”. In Romans we read,
“For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father”
And in 1 John 3:2 the scriptures state,
“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”
1 John 3:2
It has always been God’s desire for His servants to have children. In the natural realm, God considers children so important that giving a man many is a great honor and reward. God rewards Abraham for his obedience in this manor,
“And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.”
So we see from the example of Abraham that God wants to bless those who follow Him with many children. Likewise, with believers today, our Father wants many children from us and desires for our righteous seed to fill the Earth.
In the world today and even within the church the value of children is steadily declining. Instead of placing a high priority on having children and “lots of them” many people are now viewing children as something that “gets in the way” of the more important things in life. However, in God’s view, other than personally knowing Him, children are the reason you were created. Having them is a commandment and not just a personal choice.
“And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.”
When God created Eve from Adam’s rib He was showing us a picture of what His desire is for all of mankind. Just as Eve was taken out of Adam and brought back to him as a wife so to mankind was taken out of God destined to be returned as a help “meet” for Him. The word “meet” is an old English way of saying suitable, adapted, or complementary. This is why we are created a little lower than the angels but will be crowned with glory as His queen. The book of Esther is a picture of this truth. This is why the church is referred to as the bride of Christ. This is why there is a marriage feast. By the way, the marriage supper is not the point, but only the prelude to what God really desires. You can read typologically about God and __His fiancé in the Song of Solomon.
Just as God said that a man would cleave unto his wife to have children so God wishes to cleave unto mankind and have children through us. In fact He wants us to fill the whole earth, and, if you can receive it, the New Heaven and New Earth which He shall create. Procreation is central to everything in God’s creation simply because it is central to Him. If we have the ability to bring forth children but refuse to do so, except through special circumstance or gifting, we disregard one of the fundamental desires of God’s heart. Our Creator wants to have children through us.
In God’s view the more humans there are the more potential relationships He can enjoy. Each man or woman is unique allowing God to manifest or reveal himself to a greater degree. Every baby born has the potential to live forever in blessed communion with Him. Since we are all unique, if God looses even one of us, there is a part of Him that will never be realized. This is one of the basic reasons why abortion is such a grievous sin. Therefore, every child born is very important to God and no baby is considered excess or unwelcome by our heavenly Father.
We need to share God’s perspective on children and know that He still commands us to Go forth, be fruitful, and multiply. Each one of us that is able to bless God in this manner has a responsibility to do so. If you are into your late twenties and have not married ask God to bring you the mate of His choosing in short order. Most of the time the person that you should marry is right underneath your nose but because you are not in submission to God’s will you refuse to acknowledge it. If you are truly bought with a price, the price of Christ’s blood, do you really think that you can deny our heavenly Father children because you don’t agree with His choice of spouse?
It is very true that our upbringing pre-programs us to marry a certain type of individual. If your childhood years were marked by family violence you will have a tendency to gravitate towards that type of marital situation once again. For many of us we desperately need God to show us the mate that He deems appropriate because, left to our own devices, we will not choose wisely.
Romantic love is like a carnival ring toss where you hope to win a stuffed animal. It is theoretically possible to bring home the big prize, but the likelihood is that your treasure will be lost. This is what often happens in our society when a girl gives her virginity away before marriage to a man in hopes of securing his heart. Yes, you might walk away with a big fluffy animal but you will more likely be disappointed and suffer loss. A man should always be given no choice but to make a lifetime commitment before having relations with a woman. If he is not willing to commit for life he is not worthy to be her mate. A woman’s body is the most precious thing she possesses and she should insist that a man honor her with commitment before giving herself away.
Also, a woman should not remain unmarried well into her twenties if she can find a suitable mate. Value your reproductive years and use them wisely. We are created as intimate creatures and our reproductive programming demands that we express such desires. Chances are that no matter how dedicated you are your hormones will get the best of you at some point and you will have a romantic encounter whether married or not. I remember one Christian woman who was in love with an acquaintance of mine. This man, though he deeply loved her, delayed marriage for over 10 years because of other pressing things he wanted to do. This was a very godly and committed woman yet in a moment of weakness she slept with, of all things, an atheist and as a result bore his child. Whose fault was this? I think a great deal of the blame rests upon the hesitant Christian man who would not do his duty towards his sister. He missed his chance to pass on his godly attributes while a man who actually hates the thought of God, passed on his. I encourage young men to get out there and find their wives before someone else does.
God wants each of us who can to marry and have children according to our ability. God is not talking about just the two child national average but many more than that. We are to look forward to having children so that they can grow up in the fear and admonition of the Lord and become one with Him. God loves us to have children so much that He will bless us with the financial ability to take care of them no matter how many we have. If we neglect to heed this call we defraud God of what He wants most: more people to love and in return love Him.
We mistakenly view marriage and having children as something that is “our business”. We decide whom to marry and if and when to have children. But I would like to suggest that these two very important aspects of our lives are not ours to do with as we please. As it is written,
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
1 Corinthians 6:9
and in Luke,
“So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.”
A woman is created to give herself willingly to her husband in order to have his children. Likewise, we should give ourselves willingly to God to have children for His service and glory. It is as simple as that.
Today, there are many single women in our churches who love God and serve Him faithfully. They attend services and do good works year after year but can find no husbands to marry. How do you think God feels when He knows that they could have brought forth children that would grow up to serve Him faithfully for eternity, but no man will take them as wife?
In conclusion, the point of this creation is for God to have children. Our Father has entrusted to us the ability to give Him the desire of His heart and we need to take His commandment seriously. Through abortion, AIDS and disease the Devil is trying his best to kill as many children as possible so they cannot grow up to serve God. Let us fight the devil by obeying this most blessed of commandments, and bring forth as many godly children as is in us so that we can bless our heavenly Father with the fruit of our wombs.
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