What is the purpose of life? What is the chief end of mankind?
Is the chief end and purpose of man, as many dry and dusty old theologians like to say, “to glorify God and enjoy Him forever”? If that’s the case, it’s no wonder that many people want nothing to do with God, with theology, or with Christianity.
But what if I told you that according to God, our three primary tasks in life were to have sex, eat good food, and take care of your pets?
Now that is a little more appealing, isn’t it?
This is what we see from Genesis 1:28-31. Listen to the podcast to learn more!
The Text of Genesis 1:28-31
Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so.
Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
In this discussion of Genesis 1:28-31 we look at:
- The three instructions God gives to humans for how to live life.
- God wants you to be fruitful and multiply
- God wants you to enjoy good food
- God wants you to make friends with animals
- Doing these three things is what makes creation “very good”
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Stephen Butler says
I really enjoyed the podcast. Thank you Jeremy.
Jeremy Myers says
Thanks, Stephen! Thanks for listening and for the note.
Another enjoyable podcast, great teaching, very encouraging, thanks Jeremy.
I guess I’ll have to wait until the transcript of your podcast appears, but from what you’ve written it seems as though you’re insinuating that honoring God with one’s actions needn’t go father than having sex, eating good food, and being nice to your dog. Could you expound please?
Jeremy Myers says
Yes, I could. In the podcast.
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You forget something: There is also fun and pleasure in tending the plants! There are lots of plants that are just beautiful to watch, even when we don’t eat their fruit…