God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase
in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the
sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves
on the ground
There are three instructions that God gave to Adam and Eve shortly after He
created them. He told them to fill the earth, to subdue it and to rule over
it. These commands could be seen as the outward expression of an inward truth.
An amazing parallel that seems to exist is one which would put the course of
man and the course of earth in a similar path. Simply put, even as the earth
goes--so goes mankind. The earth was created a empty mass, it was brought to
life beneath the active work of God's own hand, it was baptized with water--and
finally--it will be recreated in a non-corruptible form. As Christians, we were
once an empty soul, we were brought to life beneath the active Hand of God,
we were baptized with water and will be recreated in a non-corruptible body.
Adam and Eve were commanded to fill the earth. We are commanded to be filled
with the Holy Spirit. They were commanded to subdue and rule over the earth.
We are told we must learn to subdue and rule over our flesh.
Consider this, that even as the earth has been filled physically, we are to
be filled spiritually with God. Everywhere we look on the earth it is teaming
with life. Life that God brought. Life that God commanded to go forth and multiply.
The Spark of life within each of us that began when we came to God through Christ,
was never meant to remain a spark, even as Adam and Eve were never meant to
remain the only two human beings on the face of the planet. The Spark that Christ
began in us is to spread so that everywhere within us that someone else might
look, is filled with the Life that God has brought forth. Our design is much
like that of the earth, and our glory is to be filled.
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled
with the Spirit (Eph.5:18).