Thursday, April 22, 2010

Taking a Journey in Honor of Earth Day

Today is Earth Day.  What does that mean to you?  Do you celebrate Earth Day with your family or just generally ignore it, as I usually do?


photo taken by my niece, Anna





There is nothing wrong with celebrating the bountiful beauty and blessings of our earthly home, as long as we give all honor and glory for this earth to Jehovah God, its Creator and Sustainer. However, what we see today is a sinful elevation of the earth as being more significant than its Creator and more important than mankind, which God created to rule over the earth and subdue it.


While I believe that greedily abusing the earth is wrong, I believe that using its resources for the benefit of mankind is good and right. God gave man jurisdiction over the earth from the beginning. People have a tendency to get out of balance, going overboard in one direction or another. Promoting things like sustainable farming is a good thing, yet we need not be overcome with fear about using up all of the earth's resources or "saving the earth," because God created the earth to last exactly as long as He pre-ordained.


The earth will not last forever, no matter how hard man tries to "save it." The earth will perish according to God's perfect plan. Man will also perish, unless He accepts God's provision for eternal life. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." -- John 3:16.


photo taken by my daughter, Ashlyn



Do you really know what God's plan for the earth is?  Let's take a journey through the Bible to see what God said in His Word about the earth, because Jesus said, "Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away." -- Mark 13:31.


This journey begins in the book of Genesis and ends in the book of Revelation:






In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.  -- Genesis 1:1

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. -- Genesis 1:26


And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. -- Genesis 1:28


And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. . . And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein [is] the breath of life, from under heaven; [and] every thing that [is] in the earth shall die. -- Genesis 6:12, 13, 17



While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. -- Genesis 8:22



And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth [upon] the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. -- Genesis 9:2



And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein. Genesis 9:7



And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. Genesis 9:11



The earth [is] the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. -- Psalm 24:1



For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. -- Psalm 37:9



He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; Psalm 104:14



Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance? -- Isaiah 40:12



I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, [even] my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded. . . For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I [am] the LORD; and [there is] none else. Isaiah 45:12, 18



But the LORD [is] the true God, he [is] the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation. Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, [even] they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens. He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion. When he uttereth his voice, [there is] a multitude of waters in the heavens, and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures. Jeremiah 10:10-13



For the earth [is] the Lord's, and the fulness thereof. -- 1 Corinthians 10:26



For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether [they be] thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: -- Colossians 1:16



For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water; whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. 2 Peter 3:5-7



But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 2 Peter 3:10



And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. -- Revelation 9:4



And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. Revelation 21:1

9 comments:

mommyx12 said...

What a wonderful post this is. I love it. I'm like you. I don't celebrate it either. In fact I wasn't even aware of it!!! BTW, those are some beautiful photos.

Donna G. said...

BEAUTIFUL photos! Nice words, too! =)

Noel said...

Wonderful post! It amazes me that for the last 6,000 years people have known there was a Creator, only in the last 100 or so have people begun to deny Him. With so much knowledge at our fingertips, we're losing knowledge of HIM!

AntfarmMom said...

What a wonderful post! Thank you for taking me on a journey with you through the pages of Scripture! I loved this post.

Rebecca's Refining said...

Great pics! :)
It is amazing (and sad) to watch as creation is elevated and even worshiped. I guess it is the whole movement towards the belief that we can all be gods, and there is no true God.
Thanks for sharing a burden on your heart, and putting together a nice collection of verses!

tlmalcolm said...

I loved reading the Bible passages pretaining to nature and the Earth. Our beautiful planet and the resources that it contains is the reason many folks feel the nearness of God in their lives. It is very hard to look at the wonders of nature and not believe that a higher power created all of it! I don't think the establishment of Earth Day is in any way an attempt to limit God's hand in the creation of this world. But an attempt to make us aware of the need to take care of this world. To limit pollution and bad practices that ruin habitates and resources. God gave us this Earth but I don't think he gave it to us to abuse. Earth Day is a reminder that it is the people of this world who are the caregivers of this planet. God gave us free will and I hope we all chose to be stewarts of the Earth and care for God's creation.

busymomof10 said...

Here is a thought-provoking article about the true nature of Earth Day.

http://www.redcounty.com/naked-communism-earth-day/39024

tlmalcolm said...

Read the article, a little extreme! I'm just very glad that we have regulations that prohibits sewage from being dumped into our waters, poision from factories into our air and that we no longer just dump our garbage out the window as was the habits in cities a few centuries ago. We no longer allow striping of mtns. for coal without restoration and coal mines can no long pollute the waters around the mines...and these regulation are bad? And celebrating Earth Day by cleaning up along the roadsides, planting a tree or teaching our children not to litter or waste water ....I don't believe has even the remotest tone of communism.

cheri said...

Hi, my name is Cheri Lueck, and I am a contributing editor for an innovative Christian women's magazine, called Flourish. Our next theme we are presenting is "Everything is coming up Green". I am particularly looking for a writer/article for our section entitled Family Matters (everything family). It seems like you definitely know what you are talking about when it comes to Family Matters, and I really appreciate this article on Earth Day. :). Would you be interested in submitting a God-honoring article for our magazine? You may write as the spirit leads about our theme, "Everything is coming up Green", with a focus on Family Matters. We are looking for a 1000 word article that includes a few action items at the end. The action items are concrete ideas for readers to try so they can move beyond simply reading to practicing and experiencing God's best for their lives, so they can Flourish! If you are interested, check us out at Flourishliving.com, or email me directly at cheri@flourishliving.com.

Thank you and God bless you and your family,

Cheri

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