In this edition, I will talk about “replenish” as used by God in Genesis 1:28: “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and REPLENISH the earth.”
Scholars who believed that some beings or kind of humans once inhabited the earth always refer to God asking man to replenish the earth as a strong point. Their standpoint is that, “replenish” means to refill or renew and so how would God ask men to replenish the earth if not that it was once corrupted by some kind of creation.
I must confess that it took me years to unlock this part. While I was meditating on it one night, the Holy Spirit told me to check the dictionary. I knew I had done that before but I obliged to check again. I was surprised to realize that the archaic meaning of the word “replenish” is “to fill”. That means, when KJV was written, the word “replenish” means “to fill” the earth and not to refill or renew the earth. Then, I checked modern translations and I realized they used the word “fill the earth.” See Amplified:
“And God blessed them [granting them certain authority] and said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, and FILL THE EARTH. Gen1:28.”
I decided to check the original Hebrew word that was used and I found “mâlê’ mâlâ.” Guess the meaning? It simply means “to fill”.
In this light, we know that God asking men to mâlê’ mâlâ the earth means to occupy and fill the new earth He just created and it by no means talk about re-filling.
I should also state that, to avoid falling into error, when you see a minister stand on the altar breaking deep rhemas and mysteries (quote and unquote), take notes and go back to check your Bible. Check the dictionary, other versions and even indigenous translations (e.g, Yoruba Bible). This will also prevent you from teaching errors from your personal study. If you download my teaching, “Hebrew and Greek Tutorial” on t.me/sadozite or on naijasermon app, you will learn how to trace Hebrew and Greek source words with meanings.
In the next series, I hope to clarify the Prophetic books of the Bible being used by some preachers to assert that Lucifer once lived in the Garden of Eden.
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