God: 26 Now let Us conceive a new creation—humanity—made in Our image,fashioned according to Our likeness. And let Us grant them authority over all the earth—the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, the domesticated animals and the small creeping creatures on the earth.
27 So God did just that. He created humanity in His image, created them male and female. 28 Then God blessed them and gave them this directive: “Be fruitful and multiply. Populate the earth. I make you trustees of My estate, so care for My creation and rule over the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and every creature that roams across the earth.”
As I begin my reading this year, I am struck by several things in the Bible. Every time I read the Word of God, it never ceases to amaze me. I see a new beauty in it every single time. It’s like wandering through the great expanse of the Savannah and every time you think you’ve seen it all, a sunrise mutes you, a sunset baffles you, a lion hunt leaves you breathless and a heard of elephants melts your heart. There is so much to see: it’s the same all the time but a different experience each time.
In the text above, there is such beauty and richness, that I am at a loss of where to begin. This particular translation shows humanity as being conceived, not just formed. Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the God-head three-in-one created the earth but conceived humanity. In conception, there is thought, there is formation, there is purpose, there is intent, there is continuity, there is beauty. Whereas the scripture has always shown me that humanity was created differently, this one opens my heart to the reality that every single thing about me has formation, purpose, intent, continuity and beauty. Be it my dreams, my thoughts, my words, my actions, my worship or the work of my hands.
The second thing I notice is that even before physically separating male from female, while they still occupied one space, one body, the directive was given to them to Be Fruitful and Multiply and Populate the Earth. According to a lot of schools of thought, this applies to physically multiplying as a race. but today, I am reminded that this means more than that. Everything that is within me: Thoughts, Words, Actions, Work, Dreams, Visions, Inspiration, Aspiration, Ideas, was given the directive to Be Fruitful And Multiply and Populate the Earth. The text further goes on to say that I, Mbone the Malkia (Queen) have been made a Trustee of this Estate – not just the physical estate that is the earth, but also every investment that was made in the conception of my being.
So: I was conceived, mind – body- soul – spirit WITH thought – formation – purpose – intent and continuity AND I was directed to Be Fruitful – Multiply – Populate the Earth as a Trustee [Custodian – Caretaker] of that investment in my being: Thoughts – Words – Actions – Work – Dreams – Visions – Inspiration – Aspirations – Ideas.
Now let me go one step deeper: I have heard a lot of preachers preach that the directive was given to the man. Today I dare to challenge that school of thought thereby stopping any woman who thinks she has an excuse to not be fruitful until she is joined with a man. The scripture (read any text, any translation) says very clearly that God blessed Them and told THEM to be Fruitful and Multiply. He made THEM custodians over the earth. Both Male and Female were given the instruction, both male and female were given the directive. Both male and female were present in the image and likeness of God.
So today being the Second day of the year 2015, I challenge every Malkia to BE FRUITFUL AND MULTIPLY AND POPULATE THE EARTH with your thoughts, your words, your actions, your work, your dreams, your visions, your inspiration, your aspiration and your ideas. You are God Created, God Inspired, God Conceived and God Ordained. That means my Beautiful Petals, that there is inside of you waiting to be unleashed, a solution to a problem, a story to be told, a song to be sung, an invention to be invented, a creation to be created, a conception to be conceived, and all this has the legal directive, direction, instruction and blessing from heaven.
Today, begin to Create. Just start. There are Generations awaiting you. Today is a new chance to begin again, to begin afresh, or just to Begin. May the Queen in you arise and begin.
You are Beautiful – Empowered – Visionary
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