The first blessings in the Bible is when God creates animals, birds, fish and of course man. God did not specifically speak a blessing over the plants, although they were created to multiply too. Only when God made living things with blood did He speak the first blessing
Blessing on Man
Gen 1v 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.
Notice there are three parts to the blessing that God spoke over Adam.
- Be fruitful / increase
- Subdue the earth
- Rule over every living creature
God’s blessing at the very core is about fruitfulness and increase. That is what life is supposed to be – an ever increasing fruitfulness. Healthy things grow and increase. If something is not increasing it is not healthy We all understand this, in terms of how we understand blessing.
Part of God’s blessing is the ability and right to subdue that which is beneath us. We must learn to subdue – but this is an action – our lives should be actively subduing. Subdue is a strong action. It means to overcome that which comes against you. God has blessed you and me with the gift and ability to subdue. We forget this often. Jesus through his death has set us up for victory.
- Ruling means to survey, study and then ensure we engage in every part of life to rule over it. Things we forget to rule over will not come under our governance.
- We must also rule over sin. If we don’t rule over the desire for sin, it will crouch at the door and try to rule us. (Gen 4 v 7)
The blessing of God is so much more than just being fruitful and seeing increase. God has blessed us to be leaders, and to be subduers of evil, and subduers of circumstances that come against us.