increase in number and fill
In the account of creation we see how God lavished diversity upon the world. All sorts of animals and plants and birds and fish..all according to their kinds. And he blesses them and he blesses human beings, urging them to be fruitful and fill the whole earth. After the disaster of the flood God’s creative blessing is renewed.
Genesis 9:1 Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.
A repeat of instructions given in chp 1 indicating that this flood has been an act of re-creation. Indicating also God’s primal interest in diversity, another surprisingly contemporary theme in these early Genesis chapters.