Gen 1:28,29 Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth… I have given you every plant… and every tree which has fruit… It shall be food for you.
God’s instructions reflect 3 concentric circles. With in the 1st circle, the very center, are the couple and their offspring. The next circle outward is what they are to rule over, which is every form of animal life. The comes the outermost circle, which contains God’s provision for them as well as for all that they rule over. -Ed Silivoso- Women: God’s Secret Weapon pg 119 par 1
As I look at the scripture I see the family, the place they live and the place they work. God made sure that the family came first… as he always does in the scripture. Family was first before he told them to rule over the earth and to work in the earth. “Be fruitful and multiply” doesn’t mean lets get a job and make money… it means for Man and Woman to be together in unity and have children!
I can’t think of how many arguments I’ve gotten into with people about family and jobs. It’s funny to me how people can twist the scriptures in order for them to believe them.
My husband and I have seriously found that putting family first has its own rewards! As soon as we got married things started falling into place. God used family and friends to give us the things that we needed and in time… when we got pregnant… the same thing happened. We aren’t thankful to men for blessing us b/c it’s only by God that men have wealth! (Deuteronomy 8:18 And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant… ) So we thank God!! For all that he has given us and is continuing to give us!! Which is sooo much more!
So getting back… It is important to notice the central role assigned to the couple and subsequently to the family. Adam and Eve were to minister together and, when children came, to do this as a family. Nowadays we have dichotomized (regard or represent as divided or opposed) ministry and family. This plays straight into the hands of the devil, who wants to keep man and women as well as parents and children serparated in order to eliminate the synergism their combinatin produces.
To correct this, the New Testament overflows with teaching regarding the restoration of women, the sanctity of marriage and the partnership between parents and children. Ministry, like in the Garden, is to be a family affair, not a serperate and at times competeting profession. When we dichotomize (regard or represent as divided or opposed) family and ministry, the 2 become adversaries and eventually enemies. In the end, they devour intimacy in marriage and ultimately the children’s destiny. -Ed Silivoso -Women: God’s Secret Weapon pg. 120-121 par 2-3
It’s hard these days to be in unity with family. We have so many different belief systems and people in this earth who have twisted the truth in the Bible to believe something that it doesn’t say. And also… There are so many people out there that take the truth out people’s ministries and in turn make it into lies. For Example: With the House of Prayer Leader Mike Bickle… people come against him all the time b/c he stands for what God believes in! And that’s family! A family who will rule and reign with Jesus for all eternity and he teaches it straight from the book of Revelation in the BIBLE!… The funny thing to me, though, is the ignorance that people have not to search things out for themself and see what God sees in a minstry. Instead they read something that someone else has written and it forces their opinion to believe what the liar has put out there… yes… the real liar: SATAN! He does use people.
And all of this affects the Children. God made the comment to be fruitful and multiply first b/c he knew what the world would come to… He knew the enemies schemes against him. So, in order for us as God’s people to be like God ordained it to be, we have to be in Unity and fight the good fight against the enemy and his schemes. “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities , against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Eph 6:12 We cannot get caught up in lies and deceit from the enemy. We have to obtain what God has placed in our lives through intimacy with God and prayer! We can’t just keep living our lives going to church on Sunday and living the rest of the week lying and cheating people out of relationships. God ordained family, then work, then money.