The greatest thing God did for mankind in creation was to release the blessing. The force of the blessing was important that even in the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul calls the fullness of the finished work of redemption the blessing (Ephesians 1:3). Genesis 1:26 reveals the creation of ma and in verse 28 Scriptures reveal an outstanding declaration by God, saying “And God blessed them”. The blessing is an empowerment bestowed upon man by God. It is a force that has a sole purpose of restoring heaven upon earth. It is a force that engages all the Laws of the Spirit to bring accomplishment to a task. The Garden of Eden was God’s seed-replica of the heavenly city. According to Genesis 2:8, “the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden”, Adam was placed in this Garden to tend and to keep it. It was an image of heaven’s glorious beauty, and it was man’s responsibility to preserve and to expand the Garden!
Genesis 1:28 “Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over [ALL]”
Adam was given the work of cultivating the Garden (Genesis 2:15) and was expected to be fruitful, multiply, subdue and have dominion. Adam was given an administrative responsibility to spread the glory of Eden round the entire planet. We know this is so because after the sin in the Garden Adam was kicked out of the Garden of Eden and all he encountered were thorns and thistles. The reality is that the sin of man introduced the curse. The curse brings about the opposite of the blessing. Genesis 3:17-19
17Cursed is the ground for your sake;
In toil you shall eat of it
All the days of your life.
18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you,
And you shall eat the herb of the field.
19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread
Adam’s productivity was cursed. The spiritual forces that were to work in Adam’s favor now are turned against him causing him to engage in laborious toil to accomplish a task.
How beautiful is it to know that the Lord has blessed us with every spiritual blessing through the finished work of redemption in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:3). It gives a running consciousness that the Laws of the Spirit ought to work in my favor to accomplish a task!
“It is the LORD’s blessing that makes a person rich, and hard work adds nothing to it.” Proverbs 10:22, GWT.
This is not to say that man must not work, but it unveils the reality that more than the efforts of work, spiritual forces are engaged in my favor to accomplish the task. The word toil means to proceed with difficulty. With the blessing at work, difficulty in accomplishing a task has been overcome!
In examining the application of the blessing as seen in Genesis 1:28, it says “be fruitful”. The word “BE” is a Hebrew word that means to prostrate, and to declare. Here it refers that God has declared by command of the blessing that Adam be fruitful. He has prostrated, in that He submitted powers (authority) to Adam by which He was to be fruitful. Now Adam in facing nothingness and ruins could go in the command of “BE” and exercise authority over all opposing forces. It’s the same word used in Genesis 1:3 “Light be! And light be” (Hebrew rendition). It’s a declaration that gives the idea that what follows existed like it always has been. Now Adam can engage the Laws of the Spirit by right of usage in the blessing to conform to the end of accomplishing his tasks. So through the declaration of “BE”, he could operate in accomplishments that were so beautiful as though the pre-existing condition never was. Fruitful connotes the idea that a seed was planted and now it produces fruits. That which was conceived in Adam could go from seed (thought) to reality (fruit) all in the midst of emptiness.
What a revelation! This says when you are faced with a task, having been blessed with every spiritual blessing, one can make a demand through the universal name of Jesus, and call to order spiritual forces to line up in one’s favor for the accomplishment of a task. Now ideas don’t have to remain as ideas, dreams don’t have to stand unfulfilled, projects cannot remain uncompleted because now you have the revelation of the blessing. You can be fruitful, the blessing is at work, diligently apply yourself while demanding based on the authority you have in the Name of Jesus, you can make a demand on the resources of heaven in accomplishing the task that lies ahead of you. It takes an attitude of diligence to walk in the blessing (Proverbs 28:20). Diligence is a consistent application of oneself to an undertaking. So in the face of opposition and adversity as you work your seed to fruit, you can by the blessing engage the forces needed to accomplish your task. The blessing is the force that empowers you for success, independent of all human effort.
Be blessed! Be fruitful!