“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together to one place, and let the dry land appear, and it was so. And God called the dry land “Earth”, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good” (Genesis 1:1, 9).
The dominant metaphors of God’s creative work in Scripture for our world are those of the environment, agriculture, and zoology. The very structure of life is upheld by His amazingly interlinked planetary design. In Genesis, our stated created origins are set in the context of the sheer beauty, size, and power of Earth’s majestic supporting structures, where wonders are unveiled. In all creation, beneath what seems like apparent simplicity, lays mind-blowing sub-microscopic maintenance of previously unseen and unknown complexity.
The Scriptures clearly reveal that God has given man responsibility to steward His creation (Genesis 1:28). Not only is this to be done out of reverence for and obedience to God, but also so that generations might reap the fruit of sustenance and enjoyment that flows from His glorious creation. Because followers of Jesus realize this is command and value of God, they should be on the leading edge of care, wisdom, and service in regards to tending this domain.
Healthy soil conditions and crops, clean air and water, the wellbeing of the many organisms and species within the plant and animal kingdoms are all part of being responsible for things assigned to us by our Maker. Environmental, agricultural, and zoological researchers, scientists, and practitioners must continue to seek to wisely manage God’s creation at the same time, we must deliberately disciple leaders in this domain with God’s heart and ways, ensuring a godly perspective and excellence in competence as it relates to stewarding the Earth.
*Winkie Pratney has enjoyed both a research and experimental background in a number of sciences. He is an historian, apologist, teacher, author and general editor of “The Revival Study Bible.”
Reflection Points: the Character of God and Environment, Agriculture and Zoology
1. He’s the Creator of the earth and everything in it (Psalm 104:25, 30; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16-17)
- The plants (Genesis 1:11-12)
- The fish and birds (Genesis 1:20-21)
- The animals (Genesis 1:24-25)
2. He relates to all of His creation.
- The heavens, earth, the seas, fields, trees (Psalm 96:10-13)
- The wild animals (Isaiah 43:20-21)
- The clouds and lightening (Job 37:14-18)
3. His creation expresses worship to Him.
- The heavens tell of the glory of God and the work of His hands (Psalm 19:1)
- The mountains and hills burst into song and all the trees of the field clap their hands (Isaiah 55:12-13)
- Every creature in heaven and on earth, under the sea and on the sea, and all that is in them (Revelation 5:13).
4. He instructs through Nature (Job 12:7-10; Proverbs 6:6-11; Romans 1:19-20).
5. He protects and preserves animals (Genesis 6:19-21).
6. He’s made a covenant that includes plants and animals (Genesis 9:8-13).