#2 – God’s Good Fruit

God blessed Adam and Eve “and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.’” (Genesis 1:28a) Adam and Eve had been made by God in God’s good image, and now they were to propagate more people like them; people who could grow to be more like their good God if they would so choose to be made so in the process of learning to be ever-more like Him.

So God instructed Adam and Eve to be fruitful:  fertile. They were to bear children in this world as a fruit tree is to bear its fruit—prolifically, through the natural processes that God placed within each of them. So after God had made Adam, He then put (planted) Adam in the Garden of Eden. There Adam and Eve would then produce their “good fruit” that God Himself was expecting them to bear when the time would be right, just as fruit trees themselves only produce fruit at the right time of year.

In blessing Adam and Eve, God had told them, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.” (Genesis 1:29) Fruit: a plant or tree’s fleshy, ripe (mature) ovary that is sweet to taste and good for eating; and God said that we are free to eat every one of them—every seed-bearing plant and every tree producing fruit with seed in it.

Extravagantly good to us is our God, isn’t He? God always gives us far more than we will ever need to receive from Him. Just think:

Had Adam and Eve continued to rightly and busily fill their stomachs with the good fruit that God had made for them to enjoy in this world, they could have been also busily filling the whole earth with more people like them:   the fruit of God’s Very Good Garden Master Plan.

Oh, well. . . c’est la vie. That’s life, folks.

 

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