'Be fruitful...multiply...and govern.' Genesis 1:28 NLT
God created Adam to work creation before mankind ‘fell’ (Genesis 2:15). Work wasn’t punishment—it was a good thing, a job to do, as part of tending Creation… Adam and Eve were intended to represent God to Creation—to ‘reign over’ it (Genesis 1:26 NLT), in the same sort of way that God does, through looking after it and growing it well. He gave them a share in some of His work in that, because He delights in involving His children in upbuilding the world in love. They were also intended to represent Creation to Him. The joy they were to find in growing that world for Him was meant to inspire them to make a conscious choice to thank Him. They were to be like excited kids, asked to plant cress seeds by a parent who anticipates them running back, yelling, ‘Come and see! It’s sooo cooool!’ when the seeds sprouted.
God’s children were created as His partners: unequal, sure, but deeply adored joint–owners of a beautiful project. Adam and Eve’s ‘priesthood’ over Creation doesn’t mean there were modernish church–style rituals. Their priesthood was part of their God–given purpose and identity. Today, our earth isn’t the same, but our calling is:
(1) represent God to our world. Bring Him into it and ‘be Jesus’ to those who need Him.
(2) represent it back to Him. Make the choice to constantly bring it to Him in prayer.
A bit of a Sunday School activity to remind us of the importance of this: (1) Chop the big end off a carrot or parsnip. (2) Put the end in a saucer of water. (3) Replace the water every day, and pray as you do. (4) Watch the shoots come.
SoulFood: Judg 12-15, Matt 12:38-50, Ps 47, Prov 13:11-12
word4U2day (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by UCB Australia. 2015 UCB International Ltd