Sunday Devotional – Fill the Earth & Subdue It

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day. ~ Genesis 1:26-31

Today is Earth Day.

I’m cautious about what environmental things I openly advocate, because I don’t agree with the people who say that the world would be better off without humans. That concept agrees with nothing in my faith.

We should, though, be aware of the world around us. We should know what is harmful and what is beneficial, both to our health, and to sustaining the earth.

The difference is that I’m not worried about the earth and all its resources needing to last forever. It doesn’t need to, because everything will be remade at some point.

Did you know, though, that are so many things that God tells us in the Bible that are in agreement with the conservation practices of the day?

You shall not sow your field with mixed seed (Leviticus 19:19) – this was to prevent hybridized plants that would go infertile within a few generations.  Sound like something we need to listen to, especially with the quality of food decreasing? Absolutely!

If you see the donkey of one who hates you lying under its burden, and you would refrain from helping it, you shall surely help him with it. ~ Exodus 23:5

Six days you shall do your work, and on the seventh day you shall rest, that your ox and your donkey may rest . . . Exodus 23:12a

Six years you shall sow your field, and six years you shall prune your vineyard, and gather its fruit; but in the seventh year there shall be a sabbath of solemn rest for the land, a sabbath to the LORD. You shall neither sow your field nor prune your vineyard. ~ Leviticus 15:3-4

A righteous man regards the life of his animal, but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel. ~ Proverbs 12:10 – Don’t we see this in action in the world around us today? I’m sorry, but someone who claims to be a Christian or even a non-Christian godly person, I’m not going to believe you if you act callous about treating an animal without respect.

Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall and lead it away to water it? ~ Luke 13:15b

Which of you, having a donkey or an ox that has fallen into a pit, will not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day? ~ Luke 14:5b

What better way to learn to care for the earth than from its Creator?