4.6.1 God's blessing in the creation

During the creation God blessed all creatures and laid the law of increase into the life He had created. He entrusted the creation to man and granted him a special blessing for this purpose (Genesis 1: 28-30), a blessing which He renewed after the flood (Genesis 9: 1, 11). All the things that this blessing entails come to expression in His words: "While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease" (Genesis 8: 22).


Although the blessing of God which originally covered the creation was hampered in its effect through the curse of sin, it was not completely removed: "For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God" (Hebrews 6: 7). All human beings profit from this blessing (Matthew 5: 45).