Summary: Man is more then just a tenate on this planet but a sort of landlord under Gods sovereign hand.
1. Tony Evans, "In His goodness, God not only created you, but He also created everything for you. In other words, God didn’t create the plants, animals, or fish just to have them around. He created them for the benefit of mankind. The earth was created to give us a home to enjoy.
Every day when you get up and see the sun shine and say, "What a beautiful day!" God sits back and says, "How do you think that happened? Today didn’t just jump up here by itself. It’s a beautiful day because I’m a good God."
You eat that fried catfish and you say, "Umm, that sure was good." God says, "Hold it. If you read Genesis 1, you will find that I created the water and the dry land. I separated the dry land from the water. I created every fish in every body of water. So whenever you eat catfish, don’t just say, ’It was good.’ Say, ’God is good.’"
Every time I pick up a piece of fried chicken, I am reminded that God is good. Every time you see a rose, God says, "I don’t want you just talking about how pretty those roses are, or you miss the point. The point is I know what I’m doing when I make flowers because I am a good God."
When it rains and you say, "It’s a bad day," God says, "Hold it! Hold it!" Why? Because Acts 14:17 says He gives the rain and makes the seasons change to bring satisfaction to the human race. No rain, no vegetation; no vegetation, no vegetables or fruit. So the next time you enjoy a vegetable or a piece of fruit, you ought to pause and have a time of prayer and thanksgiving because our good God causes it to rain."
2. God has surely blessed us! Last week we saw that mankind was made like the Lord, was an awesome blessing that is! Now we see that He blessed mankind as a sort of Landlord, under God’s Sovereign hand.
3. The most Exceptional creature God ever made - God’s Landlord.
Trans: Gen. 1:27-31
I. FIRST, HE IS TO REPRODUCE.
Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth - 9:1, 7; 17:20; 28:3; 35:11; 48:4
McGee, "We see here that God has given to this creature something unusual. First He says to man, "Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth." We will hear Him repeat that when He creates woman.
God seems to be the One who introduced the subject of sex. It is quite interesting that our generation thinks that they have made a new discovery, that they are the Columbus that discovered sex. God mentions it here at the very beginning.
In fact, there are four methods that God has used to get mankind into this universe. One was by direct creation, which produced Adam. A second way was by indirect creation, which produced Eve. The third was by the virgin birth, and this was how Jesus Christ came into the human family. The fourth way is by natural generation, and that is pretty well known in our day.
We have certainly dragged natural generation down to a level that God never intended for it. God created man to reproduce. This is a wonderful, glorious truth, and it is not to be made into a dirty, filthy, slimy thing as man is doing now. God never intended for sex to be abused in this way."
Sex is God’s idea and was and is a wonderful blessing within marriage!
Reminds me of a grandfather and his grandson on a fishing trip. The subject turned to sex. The grandson, a teenager, asked, "Papa, they didnt have a whole lot of problems with sexual diseases, AIDS, and those kind of this when you were young did they?"
He said, "No, not really."
His grandson asked, "Well what did you use for safe sex?"
He said, "A wedding ring!"
II. FURTHERMORE, HE IS TO RULE.
have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth." Genesis 1:28 (NKJV) - I like the way the amplified puts it, "And God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it [using all its vast resources in the service of God and man]; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over every living creature that moves upon the earth. Genesis 1:28 (AMP)
"God blessed them: "Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge! Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth." Genesis 1:28 (MSG)