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Genesis 1:28 God, Reproduction, and Sex

Posted in Creation with tags , , , , , , , on October 13, 2011 by paulthepoke

Genesis 1:28 God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

There are 613 commandments found in the Law that Moses gave from God (Our Father Abraham, Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith; Marvin R. Wilson). Of all of the commandments God gives to humanity, the first is… “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth…” In those initial words, man is told to reproduce three times. In other words, have sexual intercourse.

Be fruitful or “parah” in the Hebrew. It is a simple action verb. Defined by Strong’s Concordance it means: to bear fruit, be fruitful.

Multiply or “rabah” in the Hebrew. As well, it is a simple action verb. It means: to become many, become numerous, multiply (of people, animals, or things).

Fill or “male’” in the Hebrew. Also, it is a simple action verb. It means: to be full, fullness, abundance (participle), be accomplished, to consecrate, fill the hand.

Sex within the context of marriage is not immoral, it is not a sin. This is the God of the Bible. He is not some prude, old, fuddy-duddy. God has an entire book on this subject, the Song of Solomon. He even talks about breasts in that book. To the Christian community, does that make you blush? The topic of sex is written about in detail in God’s word.

Obviously, the culture has mastered the perversions of sexual acts and or displays. Whether it is a monk who has taken an oath of celibacy for religious purposes or some sex act outside of marriage, both are perversions on the extreme ends of the spectrum and outside of God’s will.

As a result of Christian silence on this topic, the culture has been allowed to define this topic (as well as many others) and pervert it.

Psalm 127:3 Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward.

Look at what God had intended for humanity. The first thing He told us to do was have sex and reproduce plentifully. He placed humanity in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:15-16). Eden means “pleasure” in the Hebrew. We were told we could eat freely from any tree we wanted with one exception. And yes, take care of the garden and the animals. That is a pretty a good deal. What did we do? We blew it…

The world we live in is the result of our actions and choices, not God’s. What we see and experience now is not what God had intended.

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Genesis 1:26-27 In God’s Image With Purpose

Posted in Creation with tags , , on October 8, 2011 by paulthepoke

Genesis 1:26-27 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

Verse 26: “Let Us make”… translated is the Hebrew `asah. At issue is the plurality of the verb. According to Strong’s Concordance, the verb means to do, work, make, or produce. The verb is a qal stem or a simple action verb. Translating the plural form and its meaning has caused many a debate. Some think the plural nature is a hint of the Trinity (Father, Son, and Spirit). Others state it speaks to the majesty and greatness of God.

In comparison, look at the verb “create” or bara’ in the Hebrew in verse 27. Bara’ means to shape, fashion, or create. The verb is used in relation to heaven and earth, man, new conditions and circumstances, and transformations. As noted by Strong, God is always the subject of this verb.

Man is made in the image of God (see above verses). This is also restated in Genesis 5:1b …In the day when God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. Man was made with a physical body, a soul with the ability to reason with intellect, and a spirit with the ability to communicate with his Creator. James 3:9b …who (man) have been made in the likeness of God…

Man’s purpose is to “rule” or radah in the Hebrew. Radah is a simple action verb. It means: to rule, have dominion, dominate, tread down, to have dominion, or subjugate. Man is to radah not part of the earth but all, kol in the Hebrew, of the earth. Kol defined means: all, the whole, any, each, every, anything, totality, everything. Man is to rule over the earth and the creatures of the earth. Rule and dominion do not mean exploit and plunder out of selfishness. Responsibility, stewardship are expected.

Psalms 8:5-9 Yet You have made him (man) a little lower than God, And You crown him with glory and majesty! You make him to rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, All sheep and oxen, And also the beasts of the field, The birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea, Whatever passes through the paths of the seas. O LORD, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth!

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