I sympathize with Adam’s desire to avoid the inconvenience of child-rearing. Also, it’s hard for this narcissistic and selfish millennial to imagine that self-sacrifice in the name of Fatherhood will ultimately serve my happiness. Of course, I’ve been wrong on that subject before.
However, I do think the command “Be fruitful and multiply” takes precedence over our natural desires and even the stipulations in the New Covenant, as Adam argues in another post. After all, the command was not given to Abraham or David or any of the other patriarchs who served as the original members of the Old Covenant. Rather, it was given to Adam, the very first man, long before the Old Covenant comes into play. The fact that the “Be Fruitful” command comes first, and is given to the very first man, indicates the vital importance of procreation. For whatever reason, God wants his people (all of his people, not just Israel) to fill the earth and subdue it.
I think this command is still vitally important, even though we already have filled the earth and “subdued” it (some might argue we overdid it there). After all, according to the new report from the Kepler Society, we now have 140 “earth-like” planets in our Galaxy that will need to be populated and subdued. So let’s get to it! 😉
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