As I continue exploring all that Adam had received from the Father’s hand, I am amazed by all that sonship affords us. Today, I wish to focus on the multiplication principle, as it pertains to provision, and the resources given to Adam in the garden of Eden.
God blessed Adam with every good and perfect gift in the garden, not to see him survive, but to equip him to flourish. This is crucial in understanding God’s heart for us to have life, and have it abundantly. God’s intent was always for Adam to expand his borders of his garden, to be fruitful, to multiply and to fill the earth (Genesis 1:28). Expansion is a Kingdom principle, and in a universe that is still expanding, it makes sense that God designed and equipped us to do the same here on earth.
Let us start with the resources required to meet our most basic needs – food and water. Genesis 1:29 reads: “Then God said, “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”. God provided all the food that Adam could eat. But the word “seed-bearing” changes everything. The nature of seed meant that Adam was not only able to feed himself for as long as he lived, but he was able to feed others. You see, just as the Lord fed thousands with a couple of fish and a few loaves; Adam had the potential as a son to multiply food. That is the nature of seed. One seed can multiply and yield many crops. Genesis 2:10 further tells us that God gave Adam a river. In fact, the garden was the source of the river. So mighty a source was it, that it split and became four rivers beyond the border of the garden. One become four.
The multiplication principle extends to every resource and gift that came from God’s hand. In Genesis 1:28 we read that Adam is given charge of every living creature on earth. I imagine he had use for the animals in various capacities. And again, every animal had the potential to reproduce and multiply. What possibilities did the animals not offer Adam in tending his garden?
The Father not only took care of Adam’s most basic needs, but He also blessed His son with earthly wealth and resources. We read in Genesis 2:11 that the land of Havilah for example, was rich in “good” Gold, and it contained stones such as the Onyx and Bdellium. God had given Adam access to resources, and the means with which to generate and multiply wealth.
In Genesis 2:22 God gave Adam his greatest gift – a helpmate. And in the union between man and woman is the inherit ability to reproduce – to be fruitful, to multiply.
Adam’s sonship afforded him access to every resource needed to flourish on this planet. And, it is staggering to think that it was never the Father’s intent for him to toil and labour for these gifts. He merely had to receive the gifts, and care for them. The nature of our Father and His creation is expansive. He created all things to be fruitful and multiply. This is a profound truth, which we should abide in so that we may be fruitful and expand the gardens entrusted to us.