Thursday, April 10, 2014

Multiply: The Thrice Repeated Command

Home Sweet Home.  After Walter Dendy Sadler [Public domain]
A commandment uttered by God is important, 
even if mentioned only once.  

Do not eat of the tree in the midst of the garden.  
Thou shalt not print any marks on your flesh.

Would not a commandment repeated again by God show greater importance if possible? 

For instance... And God sanctified the day He ended His work, and blessed it, and rested from all His work.  (Genesis 2)   Then later to His people He reminded them of this law already in effect when He said, “REMEMBER, the Sabbath Day to keep it holy.” “Don't forget what I have already told you. Remember, this law which had already been given long before Moses' law and which is so easily forgotten.” 

God rested on the eighth day of creation, and Jesus rose on the eighth day of the week as well. Eight symbolizes a new beginning.  Jesus Christ adjusted the day from the Jewish seventh back to the original eighth or "first day of the week."

So with this repeated law for about two millenia now, Christians all over the world have ceased from work, refused to participate in commerce and all common business, and have rested and worshiped on the Christian Sabbath, the Lords Day. 

The more earnestly Christians delight in this moral law, the more God blesses them. (See Isaiah 58:11-14 and Psalm 112:1-2 below.) Only recently with the God predicted apostasy sweeping over the earth is much of the church world making excuses to disregard this perpetual moral law.

Now think about this.  God repeated another commandment THREE times in various forms in just the first nine chapters of the Bible. 

“Be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.” (Genesis 9:7. Also 1:28 and 9:1)

Our un-Godly society today is opposing this with a demonic fervor.   The lies spew forth. 

You are overpopulating the world. Too many people harm the earth. You can't afford to have children. It's harmful for a woman to have babies. Children hinder a successful career. 

The world is overpopulated? According to whom? God called for an abundance of people on the earth. 

Humans harm the earth? Many people on the earth do not harm it; SIN wrecks havoc upon creation. God reminds us of this over and over in His Word. 

Children are expensive?  Good things do come at a cost.  But you cannot afford NOT to have children, when God pleases to open the womb. They are a heritage of the Lord. And when God sends into a home which fears Him little mouths to feed, He will send the food needed to feed them. 

Babies harm women?  Birthing a child and raising children are intense labors, but studies show that mothers of multiple children have lower incidences of several health problems and cancers. 

Wreck a successful career?  Children might hamper certain careers, but they do not hinder success. Wise, long-term planning parents know that sons and daughters wisely trained and aided by God can do much more than a career to perpetuate a legacy if God so allows.

Those who believe such lies are sadly ignorant.  Satan hates children.  He loves for people to believe lies like this.  Because God loves all children.  Jesus blood was shed to save every one of them.

Satan loves to cause many obstacles to obedience of God's commands. Persevering obedience in spite of seeming impossibilities proves our faith and willingness to obey God. 

Having children can seem a fearful responsibility, but God wants to cast out fear.

God uses more than highway and byway evangelism to fill the earth with His kingdom. God's kingdom comes also by filling homes with children to be dedicated to Him. 

God's Word and the onward march of history shows that with time the seed of the wicked are cut off from the face of the earth. God also tells us that he multiplies the seed of the righteous. The wicked fading away and the righteous replenishing the earth has a regenerating, blessing effect on the earth.

Satan has come to kill and destroy. Is it no wonder he hates holy, happy homes filled with the play and laughter of little children. 

But God delights in this sweet smelling offering for Him. Especially when Papa and Momma lay everything aside to follow God, to pray for the conversion of their offspring, and to teach these children the ways of God.  

Back when God gave the thrice repeated commandment to be fruitful and multiply, He envisioned blessings sweeping over the earth through this.   
                                                      -Phillip Dickinson

(Isaiah 58:11-14)
And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.

If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:

Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

(Psalm 112:1-2)
Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.

His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.

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