by JB Fagoyinbo
We shall here look into the elements of God’s blessing on man “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” (Gen 1:28).
Fruitfulness implies bringing forth useful results and end products that benefit mankind. King David revealed in his Psalms the significance of and the requirements for bearing fruit “The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing” (Ps 92:12-14) while Jesus Christ stated the impact of “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit” (John 15:8) which can be accomplished by “He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit” (John 15:5).
Multiplication is necessary because of the two other components of the blessing without which it would have been difficult since man’s spirit is contained in his shell that has limited movement. To HIS faithful He says “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…” (Gen 22:17).
Replenishment has to do with the sustainable utilization of the earth’s resources so that generations unborn would meet the earth in as such state as God created it. Most Bible comments have revealed this to imply to populate the earth. God had made provision for this in “multiply”. As the population grows the earth will be occupied and the resources utilized; producing wastes. There is the need for the renewal of these resources and consequently, man received the blessing that would grant the empowerment for renewal of these resources for the use of generations to come. In both instances of Christ interacting with the earth, there was cleaning up (Matt 14:13-20; Mark 8:1-8). Esau was into poverty as a hunter (Gen 25:27, 30-32; Gen 27:1-14) but came into wealth as a herdsman (Gen 33:1-9).
Subdue implies that man would overcome all possible obstacles. Man has control of the air, the waters, and the land. Communication is also a feat to control over distances. Subdue does not imply harsh treatment but gentle handling to ensure that the earth yields its resources to the use of man. We utilize sun’s rays without reaching out to the sun, so do we harness wind energy without changing its direction; in fact, we are incapable of such acts.
When God created the word dominion it was beautiful. Dominion was to be over the other creatures; not man. Dominion was for good management; not exploitation. Esau was exploiting the creatures when he was a hunter, but he remained poor. When he entered into domination of the animals he entered into wealth.
Any nation that is into domination maintains the wealth and prosperity of the nation. In every nation of the world, there is some element of misrule, oppression, harsh treatment but this is the strategy of Satan to ensure that he continues to control the world; manifesting in terrorism and extremism.
Africa, for example, remains poor because governance is oppressive, wicked and harsh.
As you progress in defining and modifying your career, remember God’s blessing, not only to Abraham but also to you “And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age” (Gen 15:15).
God bless you.