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 birds of the heavens, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for food: and to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the heavens, and to everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for food: and it was so. And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
The Garden of Eden: that lovely place our heart longs for and our souls yearn for. It is seen in so many different genre’s, from the classic, Robert Moore’s Utopia, to modern cult favorites like Pandora in James Cameron’s Avatar. We long for and look for a place that is free of the curse of sin, but in doing so we often dismiss the very actions that are consistent with the Garden of Eden. Fruitful multiplication, replenishing and subduing and having dominion are all actions we are called to by God, whether in a fallen state or not.
In this day and age, there are moments that are reminiscent of the hope and calling of Genesis 1, as well as the statement God made after He made humans in His image and called us to subdue, replenish, and have dominion; it is very good. God said that creation was very good and when we go out into the earth, and eat the produce thereof, there are moments that are very good. Yesterday we were out weeding the garden, by the sweat of our brow. Suddenly we noticed that several of the pea plants had produced fruit. All it took was a simple grasping and plucking and we were eating the freshest vegetables, full bodied and delicious, and it was very good.
When the early morning mist starts to burn away, I sit with a cup of coffee and watch. Listening, I can almost hear the corn growing and I can see the plants springing out of the barren dirt to bring us food. It is very good.
God’s call has never changed for us, we are still called to produce fruit, to multiply, to subdue and rule over the land and all that is in it. We as Americans need to not forget that even in the modern industrial age where one man owns, one man plants and one man harvests.