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What is the importance of procreation according to the Bible?

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In the first chapter of Genesis, God tells Adam and Eve to “be fruitful and increase in number” (Genesis 1:28). This is the first command God gives to people, a command to have children, to procreate.

Procreation is one of the most basic purposes of marriage. God designed marriage to produce more people who reflect His image (Genesis 1:26–28 and 2:22–24). Marriage produces family, God’s first and most fundamental institution. God has never changed or rescinded the order to “be fruitful and multiply.”

We are each made in God’s image, and He desires to fellowship with us. God has gone to great pains to restore our relationship with Him (Luke 19:10), and this shows the depth of His desire to fellowship with us. The old adage “the more, the merrier” applies to God’s desire to relate with each person. God wants a planet filled with people enough like Himself, but enough different from Himself, that He can enjoy the pleasure of our company while we enjoy the pleasure of His. Human procreation is the only way to have a planet full of people.

Numerous Scripture passages point to children as a blessing, including Psalm 127:3–5:

“Children are a heritage from the LORD,
   offspring a reward from him.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
   are children born in one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
   whose quiver is full of them.”

Procreation is important spiritually, too. The spiritual goal of having children is to create disciples of Jesus. Raising children to love God and love their neighbors is the most natural way to follow the Great Commission: “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age’” (Matthew 28:18–20). Teaching one’s own children the commandments of Christ is a privilege and a joy.

God wants us to create worshippers of Him, lovers of Jesus. This is done in two ways: by sharing the gospel with others and leading them to Jesus, and by having children and raising them to know and love Him.

Recommended Resource: Children Are A Blessing From the Lord by Tamara Boggs

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