When God created the earth – he created it with the ability to perpetually bring forth plants and trees and herbs and other things that have their seed (their ability to produce offspring) within themselves. When the Lord created the animals and creeping things He said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind.” and it was so. Gen 1:24.
When God created the man, he told the man that He had given him everything on the earth that he would need for life – to eat – and to have dominion over all the earth. The man also had his seed within himself – in order to produce offspring.
The word used for earth in these beginning verses is the Hebrew word Erets pronounced Eh-rets. It means earth (the whole earth as opposed to part), land, ground, country, inhabitants of the land.
Man was formed out of the earth – “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground (earth), and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Gen 2:7. That word earth – ground – is the Hebrew word Adamah and means red earth – but more specifically it is an agricultural term for ground that is ready to be tilled. The kind of soil that is good for growing things. When man sinned and was cast out of the Garden of Eden, the Lord cursed the ground. It would now bring forth thorns and thistles which it had before not brought forth. It would now take sweat of a man’s brow to bring anything decent out of the ground.
In simplistic terms Cain brought an offer to the Lord of the fruit of the ground. The same ground that the Lord had cursed, and when Cain killed Abel, Cain was also cursed from the earth, that it would no longer yield it’s strength – no matter what kind of sweat was involved. So for Cain – it was a double curse.
Lamech, who lived to be 777 years old, when Noah was born said of him, “This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the Lord hath cursed.” Gen 5:29. When Noah came off the ark, and the animals with him:
Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.Time does not allow for me to give more of a proper post to this subject, since there are over 2000 instances of the word earth in God's Word. I highly recommend you do a word study on earth for yourseves, it is a very rich subject.
And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.
While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. Gen 8:20-22
Symbolically WE are the earth. We are the soil tilled and ready for the Master Planter. Jesus Christ is the Word of God. Christ in you means that the Lord has planted His Words inside you (the earth) and is waiting for the fruits of righteousness to spring forth. The meek (those that want to grow in God’s Word and Seek His Face diligently) will inherit the earth.
The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Psa 12:6.
Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. Psa 46:10
For God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth. Psa 74:12
That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth. Psa 83:18
Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob; Psa 114:7
The promise of a New Heavens and a New Earth – carries with it the promise of a new glorious body for the old body will pass away.
Choose today what kind of soil you are, what kind of earth. Fertile rich soil that bears much fruit for the Master, or dried cracked earth good for nothing.
Dark days are coming on the earth. Seek the Lord's face and desire to be close to Him.
Blessings in Christ