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Be Fruitful & Multiply

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Jacob Ang

on 19 September 2014

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Transcript of Be Fruitful & Multiply

Command to procreate
"Be fruitful & multiply"
Rule & Subdue the earth in righteousness
Fill the earth with God's righteous image
Adam & Eve
God's Blessing
God's command
The Supremacy
of God in Missions

Genesis 1:26 Then God said, "Let us make humankind in our image, after our likeness,
Genesis 1:27
God created humankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them,
male and female he created them.
The result...
Genesis 1:28 God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply! Fill the earth and subdue it! Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and every creature that moves on the ground."
Genesis 1:28 God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply!
Genesis 1:26
Then God said, "Let us make humankind in our image, after our likeness, so they may rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move on the earth."
Disobedience in sin
While Scripture does not use the word “cursed” on Adam and Eve in Gen 3:16-17, the fact that God needed to bring about blessing to humankind in Genesis 12 suggests that humankind was cursed.
Genesis 3:16-19 16 To the woman he said, "I will greatly increase your labor pains; with pain you will give birth to children. You will want to control your husband, but he will dominate you." 17 But to Adam he said, "Because you obeyed your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, 'You must not eat from it,' cursed is the ground thanks to you; in painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. 18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you, but you will eat the grain of the field. 19 By the sweat of your brow you will eat food until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you will return."
"Be fruitful & multiply"
God's command
Threatened by:
The earth is filled with
As sinful man reproduce,
Pain in childbirth
Result of God's judgment
Result of God's judgment
Genesis 4:8 Cain spoke to Abel his brother. And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him.
Genesis 4:23-24 23 Lamech said to his wives: "Adah and Zillah, hear my voice; you wives of Lamech, listen to what I say: I have killed a man for wounding me, a young man for striking me. 24 If Cain's revenge is sevenfold, then Lamech's is seventy-sevenfold."
Genesis 6:5 The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Genesis 6:12-13 12 And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. 13 And God said to Noah, "I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
With such deterioration of humankind’s condition, it seemed that the procreation command in Gen 1:28 could not be fulfilled as God intended, even if there was a significant numerical increase in the population of human by God’s grace.
With the presence of sin, it would never be possible for humankind to “fill the earth” with God’s image, and to govern the earth in His likeness.
In Gen 6:5, the Lord saw that every intention of humankind’s heart was only evil. If humankind was continually evil and able to live until 900 years old (Gen 5:4-32), we can imagine the extent of evil on earth. For this reason, God sent in the Flood to destroy humankind because of their wickedness.
Wickedness of man
God's Judgement
Noah & sons
Genesis 6:8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.
"Be fruitful & multiply"
The earth is still filled with
Re-issuing Procreation command
Re-issuing of Procreation Command
Genesis 9:1-7
1 And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them,
"Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.

2 The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every bird of the heavens, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea. Into your hand they are delivered. 3 Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.

4 But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. 5 And for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man. 6 "Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.

7 And you, be fruitful and multiply, teem on the earth and multiply in it."
Man became omnivorous
Murder prohibited
Man's refusal to disperse at the tower of Babel was seen as an outright rebellion against God’s command to fill the earth (Gen 1:28). As a result of such disobedience, the nations were scattered over all the earth.
Gen 11: Tower of Babel
Genesis 11:9 Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth. And from there the LORD dispersed them over the face of all the earth.
God's Grace
God's Judgment
Procreation Purpose
Nations Scattered
God's Promise to man
God's Promise
A great nation
A great name
(Gen 15)
Fruitful & Multiply
Genesis 12:1-3
1 Now the LORD said to Abram, "Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you.
2 And I will make of you a great nation,
and I will bless you
and make your name great,
so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."
The Godly chosen line
God advanced his plan to restore humankind through the chosen line, which was marked with godly people.
Genesis 3:15
I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel."
God made a covenant with Abram
National Blessing
Personal Blessing
Personal Blessing
International Blessing
Be a Blessing
Those who curse Abraham
Those who bless Abraham
But Noah’s godly line found favour with God.
God's Judgement
Genesis 3:19 By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return."
Genesis 22:18 and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice."
Jesus Christ
Galatians 3:16 Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, "And to offsprings," referring to many, but referring to one, "And to your offspring," who is Christ.
Genesis 17:6 I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make you into nations, and kings shall come from you.
Genesis 35:11 And God said to him, "I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply. A nation and a company of nations shall come from you, and kings shall come from your own body.
Genesis 17:16 I will bless her, and moreover, I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall become nations; kings of peoples shall come from her."
Righteous Ruler
To Abraham:
To Sarah:
To Jacob:
in the flesh
Colossians 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
Image of God
Jesus gave the command
The Great Commission
Matthew 28:18-20 18 And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
What was important about the procreation command was not only about its fruitfulness or just the number of people humankind reproduced on earth.
Rather, God was concerned with the kind of people that humankind would multiply on earth:
they must reflect God’s image.
Those who does not believe in Jesus Christ
Those who believe in Jesus Christ
Remain in curse
John 1:12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.
imago dei
Missions is not the ultimate goal of the Church.
Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn't.
Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man.
Worship...is the fuel and goal of missions.

John Piper,
Let the Nations Be Glad!
The Supremacy of God in Missions

God is
How are you involving yourself in this great redemptive plan of God?
2 Corinthians 5:20
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.

We are Christ's ambassadors
Not an option for us as God has called us to obey the Great Commission.
actively involved in bringing man back to Himself through Jesus Christ.
The author, C.S. Lewis, was writing an analogy.
He was saying “This is our world--it is not the way it is supposed to be.”
Why is there so much hate and distrust between people at your work or school or family?
Why do mothers miscarry, and why are babies born with deformities?
Why is there so much violence committed by people against other people?
Why is sex so perverted rather than being enjoyed as the gift it is for a married man and woman?
Why do we struggle so with anger and temper and pride?
The New Covenant
Jeremiah 31:31-34 31 "Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, 32 not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the LORD. 33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD:
I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more."
Hebrews 12:24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.
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