THE HATED WORD
Filled. It doesn’t sound such a bad word, does it? I wonder why so many people hate it. It’s strange that so many Christians hate it when God loves it! In fact, this word describes who God is. He fills the heavens and the earth. He fills all in all—and Jesus is the fullness of Him who fills all in all. The whole earth is full of His glory. He is filled with majesty, filled with righteousness, filled with compassion. He does not have these attributes in a little measure but is filled with them.
God does not take long to introduce this word to us. He uses it in the very first chapter of the Bible.
Genesis 1:28, “And God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it’…” It is interesting that the very first words that God spoke to man included the word fill. It is obviously very much part of God’s heart. He loves abundance.
After God destroyed mankind through the flood, apart from Noah and his family, He repeated the same command again. This time He repeated it twice. Genesis 9:1 and v. 7, “And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth’…”
The Hebrew word is male which means “fill to overflowing”. Many take objection to God’s command today. They certainly don’t want to fill their families to overflowing. They would rather fill their homes with “stuff”--more gadgets, more furniture, bigger TVs and computers.
Yet it seems that every time God speaks about children, He uses this despised word.
When Jacob and his family went down to Egypt there were only 70 of them. Four hundred years later they emerged a mighty nation.
Exodus 7:7 says, “The children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them.” They became “more and mightier” than the Egyptians who began to fear them. Their fear turned to persecuting them and making them slaves. But the more the Egyptians afflicted them the more they multiplied. This is God’s purpose for His people. He wants them to fill the earth with His glory—His love, peace, truth and salvation.
Numbers 14:21 says, “But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord.” This is not talking about creation, but God’s people who bear His image in the earth. God wants this earth to be filled with His image. God wants His land to be “filled with flocks of men.” (Ezekiel 36:38, Psalm 80:8-9)
God’s picture of a blessed family is one filled with children. Once again it is this detested word. Society is brainwashed to think differently than God thinks. And of course, we think that we know better than God. But what does He say? “As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that has his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.” (Psalm 127:4-5)
The parents who have their quiver full are happy! Actually, the Hebrew word in this Scripture is a double word which should be translated, “happy, happy”. The parents who have their quiver full will not be ashamed. The parents who have their quiver full will have children who know how to speak against the evil things in the land, even in high places. The gate in Bible days was the civic center of the town, the place of administration of justice.
Zechariah 8:4-5 is one of my favorite Scriptures. It is a picture of what Jerusalem will be like when God dwells there. “Thus saith the Lord of hosts: There shall yet old men and old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, and every man with his staff in his hand for very age. And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof.” What a beautiful picture of children playing while the old people walk the city streets with their canes and watch the children in the city squares. And do you notice that there are not a few children playing? The streets are filled with boys and girls. How God delights to see them playing together.
Here’s one more Scripture. Luke 14:23 says, “Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.” God loves to have a full house. It’s part of His character. If we have God’s heart, we’ll want to have a full house too.
Love from NANCY CAMPBELL
“Lord, I pray that you will change my heart. Save me from from thinking miserly, but help me to think like you think. Amen.”
I’m filling my home with God’s blessings.
P.S. Next week we will continue to find out more areas of our lives that God wants to fill.
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