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One of the criticisms the world gives to Christians, in general, is that they seem to not care for the earth. Perhaps they're right. A True Believer in Yeshua should love what God loves. God loves His creation. He IS the Creator. Nature is a reflection of His nature and scripture is constantly telling us to pay attention to the lessons that the earth and creation desire to reveal, the parables and symbolism between creation and nature - and us. The world and all that is in it, around it, above it, is designed to glorify God. Are we paying attention? Are we bing good stewards of what He gave us?
GENESIS 1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
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GENESIS 1:27-30 And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
And God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea nd over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you;
and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so. [NASB]
We are stewards of all that God created. To be a steward means we remember that we are caring for something that ultimately belongs to another. We are to care for, and manage well, the earth and all that is in it. [Read Matthew 25:14-30]
GENESIS 1:31 And God saw all the He had made, and behold, it was very good. [NASB]
GENESIS 22:14 So Abraham named that place Yahweh Appears. Even to this day, it is said, “On Yahweh’s Mountain there is vision.” [TPT]
EXODUS 9:23 ADONAI caused it to hail on the land of Egypt…but in the land of Goshen, where the people of Isra’el were, there was no hail. [CJB]
EXODUS 9:29 …the thunder will end, and there won’t be any more hail – so that you can know that the earth belongs to ADONAI. [CJB]
PSALM 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.
PSALM 24:1-2 God claims the world as his. Everything and everyone belongs to him! He’s the one who pushed back oceans to let the dry ground appear, planting firm foundations for the earth. [TPT]
PSALM 23:2 [God’s] tracks take me to an oasis of peace, the quiet brook of bliss (the waters of a resting place).” [TPT]
PSALM 23:4 …valley of deepest darkness… [TPT]
The voice of the Lord echoes through the skies and seas.
The Glory-God reigns as he thunders in the clouds.
So powerful is his voice, so brilliant and bright, how majestic as he thunders of the great waters!
His tympanic thunder topples the strongest of trees.
His symphonic sound splinters the might forests.
Now he moves Zion’s mountains by the might of his voice, shaking the snowy peaks with his earsplitting sound!
God reveals himself when he makes the fault lines quake, shaking deserts, speaking his voice.
God’s mighty voice makes the deer to give birth.
His thunderbolt voice lays the forest bare.
PSALM 30:7 I’m God’s favored one; he’s made me steady as a mountain!
NAHUM 1:3 The Lord has His way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of His feet.
NAHUM 1:4 He rebukes the sea and makes it dry, and dries up all the rivers.
NAHUM 1:5 The mountains quake before Him, the hills melt, and the earth heaves at His presence.
It's always important to understand context in all verses. In Nahum, this is a prophecy over Nineveh. The were wicked and this was just before the final fall of the city. God is revealing Himself as both a judge and a place of safety: who He was depended on the person, the wicked knew Him as a vengeful God but those who trusted God knew Him as a stronghold and protection. These verses show how nature is part of God's personality/who He is. Nature responds to God.
NAHUM 1:15 Behold, on the mountains the feet of him who brings good tidings, who proclaims peace!
HABAKKUK 2:14 For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.
HABAKKUK 2:19 Woe to him who says to wood, ‘Awake!’ To the silent stone, ‘Arise! It shall teach!’ Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver, yet in it there is no breath at all.
HABAKKUK 2:20 But the LORD is in His holy temple. Let all the earth keep silence before Him.
Scripture warns us constantly of misunderstanding concepts because we are so prone to leaning on our own understanding. Here, it is easy to worship nature; to declare that it leads and directs. Creation speaks of the Creator, that is all. Nature REVEALS. Creation is never to be worshipped; it is designed only to reveal God's glory.
HABAKKUK 3:3-4 His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of His praise, His brightness was like the light; He had rays flashing from His hand, and there His power was hidden.
vs. 5 Before Him went pestilence, and fever followed at His feet.
vs. 6 He stood and measured the earth; He looked and startled the nations. And the everlasting mountains were scattered, the perpetual hills bowed. His ways are everlasting.
HABAKKUK 3:9 – 10 You divided the earth with rivers. The mountains saw You and trembled; the overflowing of the water passed by. The deep uttered its voice, and lifted its hands on high.
vs. 11 The sun and moon stood still in their habitation;
HABAKKUK 3:15 You walked through the sea with Your horses, through the head of great waters.
PSALM 89:11 The heavens are Yours; the earth also is Yours; the world and all that is in it, You have founded them.
PSALM 89:11 All the heavens and everything on earth belong to you, for you are the Creator of all that is seen and unseen. [TPT]
PRAYER: Father in heaven, I praise you as the Creator! This earth is truly magnificent and beautiful. Thank you for creating a masterpiece. I really like it. May I be a good steward of your creation.
PSALM 89:12 The four corners of the earth were put in place by you. You made the majestic mountain that are still shouting their prases to your name. [TPT]
PSALM 89:13 Breathtaking and awesome is your power! Astounding and unbelievable is your might and strength when it goes on display! [TPT]
PSALM 90:2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or you had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting You are God.
PSALM 90:2 Before the mountains were born, or Thou didst give birth to the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God. [NASB]
PSALM 90:2 Long before you gave birth to the earth and before the mountains were born you have been from everlasting to everlasting, the one, and only true God. [TPT]
PSALM 90:3 When you speak the words, “Life, return to me!” man turns back to dust. [TPT]
PSALM 95:4 In His hand are the deep places of the earth; the heights of the mountains are also His. The sea is His, for He made it, and His hands formed the dry land.
PSALM 95:3-6 For the Lord is the greatest of all, King-God over all other gods!
In one hand he holds the mysteries of the earth and in the other, he holds the highest mountain peaks.
He’s the owner of every ocean, the engineer and sculptor of earth itself!
Come and kneel before this Creator-God; come and bow before the mighty God, our majestic maker! [TPT]
PSALM 96:9-10 Worship the Lord in the beauty of His holiness; Tremble before Him, all the earth.
Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns; Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved; [NASB]
PSALM 96:11 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; Let the sea roar, and all it contains; Let the field exult, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy before the Lord, for He is coming; [NASB]
PSALM 96:11-12 Let the heavens rejoice; let the earth be glad;
let the sea roar, and everything in it;
let the fields exult and all that is in them.
Then all the trees in the forest will sing before Adonai… [CJB]
PSALM 97:1-6 Adonai is king, let the earth rejoice, let the many coasts and islands be glad.
Clouds and thick darkness surround him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
Fire goes before him, setting ablaze his foes on every side.
His flashes of lightning light up the world; the earth sees it and trembles.
The mountains melt like wax at the presence of Adonai, at the presence of the Lord of all the earth.
The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the peoples see his glory. [CJB]