by Christina Farris
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. When one thinks on the subject of blessings one must first begin with the first blessing from God. It came after God made male and female in his own image. The blessings were given to be productive and to replenish the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and the fowl of the air. That word dominion is governmental control over these things. Now if you think about it there is laws concerning the sea and oceans of our world today, as well as control and protection of animals. God gave us food from the trees and given every green herb for meat. Did you know Broccoli, brussel sprouts, lima beans, aspargus and more is considered protein. If you eat meat you getting protein. Yet meat at this point had not been given to man to consume as food source, it would come at a later time during the time of Noah after the flood. However lamb sacrifice was performed to God and was consider a worthy sacrifice, for Abel had pleased God with that sacrifice of a lamb, but Cain he was not pleased because he gave only fruit of the land. First blessings from God came through production, of both humanity and fruit bearing of trees and vegetables.
What is our first thank you we truly learn is to be thankful for what we eat and the things that we produce. The first praise was one that Eve did when she brought forth her first born and said I got a man from the Lord(Genesis 4:1). From the begin came praise for what God gave man. We might not think on praise of the things we have coming first, but it was beginning of acknowledge of things God blessed man with. Blessings are more then just gift from God it is something bestowed not to one person always but to all of us. Maybe meat in itself was given to teach self preservation, if you can kill not your species, then when the evilness of man arises it can be destroyed if necessary. I do know the answer, but I know that man would be allowed to destroy after the flood, because man in general did not seem to kill, yep kiling took place. Of courses Cain and Lamech were first killers. Yet it says nothing more about death by killing until after God destroyed the earth. In others words if there were wars, we have no knowledge of them. It more like the time Paul speaks of in Romans 1 where God just allowed man to go there own way even to worshipping of idols and living in sin. He did not try to control them or round them up, he gave them over to there sin. It like take a wild horse and instead of pinning him behind a stall they let him run free, to choose his life, because he knows not the tame world where people would care for him and tend to his needs like he was prince, but he knows the hand of God will care for him. God allowed man to follow their own humanity into sin, the perfection not within their soul. The very nature Adam and Eve followed, until they were cast out and found themselves grateful to God.
We see something else arise man no longer grateful to God but selfish in heart as Cain sought to give God not was rightfully his and instead give the sacrifice of his choosing even into his jealousy as he killed Cain. Only giving out of what he felt he must but never giving thanks to God for the first fruit of his production. Do we get it. Are we giving out of abundance or only out of what we forced to give. Do we give to God because of love and thankfulness to him. When we sacrificed his Son did we realize we giving up the one gift that God gave us for our own desire of peace, only to be forgiven when he rises from the dead. You can not destroy God's blessings. You might think you can, but God going to win. God continually forgives if we repent. Are we not blessed by the word of God, by even choices we are given. By the blessing is not always good for us in regards of our choosing, but God choice and his direction is always good. He gave the animals for us to have power them, He gave us fruit and vegetation for life foods. Yet man took what God gave us and we give them power over us. My husband and cat argue of who really has power and i laugh, because the cat gets feed after he nips him a dozen times. If I feed the cat, he figures it because i love him and he rubs my legs in appreciation. I have dominion over that cat, hubby just tries too. It the male war inside the house. Of course hubby will win everytime. Everyone that has animals know some seems to think they are the ones in charge and humans will we are gullible to allow them to think it. However God is talking about man making images in the form of creation to worship and bow down to them in Romans 1 replacing him for images of their hands and his hands. The falacities of man to try and create their own God because of the power of the creatures. Yet we look at the power of man to destroy, to use to eat these larger then life animals as well as rescue, save and protect, we get this idea, man in his wisdom fails to see God in these creatures as far as him creating, we fail to see the beauty of what God has given us to be thankful for and to honor him for.
The Priesthood declaring it was better for one man to die for the nation, then for the intire nation to suffer. By killing Christ they thought that they would be in control and only learned that up from the grave He arose and they could not get rid of God or his blessing of the gift of His Son. His Son being a free gift of grace a gift we must receive. A gift and blessing that came from the beginning, with Christ being only the word until he became flesh and dwelt among us. (John 1:1-14) We get this idea that man can get rid of God's blessing and God's blessing out of people's life by destruction, but God's blessing resides in the heart of the believer, and thankful heart of each believer for those blessings. You can forbid prayer in school, but you can not take the grateful heart of the believer out of school. You can not take the grateful heart from walking down the street. It needs to be in our vocabulary and in our hearts. Because God's blessing will praise him if we do not.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your blessings that praise you if we forget, but thank you for the blessings of food and dominion over the earth. Thank you for free gift of your Son to demonstrate your grace and love for man. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:Romans 1:20-25 KJV
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.