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Delight in Creation 081811

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Psalm 138

Ezekiel 31:15-18

2 Corinthians 10:12-18

 

Delight in Creation 081811

What is it about being a creation that leads you to love creation and protect the environment?

We have been asking this question of ourselves and everyone we know, and the answers have been diverse and interesting. The saddest answer has been that Christianity has nothing to do with the environment or environmental activism. ‘Perhaps paganism does’ she said.

But more and more, disciples of Jesus Christ, believers in Jesus Christ are remembering the sermons, all the walking and all the miracles that Jesus performed outside, and remembering all the parables and metaphors Jesus related to us that are about the environment.

It even has been told that Jesus’ ministry was in the midst of rebellious and revolutionary discomfort over the intrusion of Roman customs onto the land tradition of the Jewish peasants and farmers of Israel. So, from the beginning how the land and the waters sustain God’s people was a primary concern of Jesus and his young band of disciples.

Pray today for insight as we come to realize that caring for the poor, feeding the hungry, and caring for those without families is only possible when keep the air, the land and the water pure and free to all God’s people.

Pray for peace.

(brother) Bill

 

Psalm 138

1I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise;

2I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness; for you have exalted your name and your word above everything.

3On the day I called, you answered me, you increased my strength of soul.

4All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O Lord, for they have heard the words of your mouth.

5They shall sing of the ways of the Lord, for great is the glory of the Lord.

6For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly; but the haughty he perceives from far away.

7Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies; you stretch out your hand, and your right hand delivers me.

8The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.

Ezekiel 31:15-18

15Thus says the Lord God: On the day it went down to Sheol I closed the deep over it and covered it; I restrained its rivers, and its mighty waters were checked. I clothed Lebanon in gloom for it, and all the trees of the field fainted because of it. 16I made the nations quake at the sound of its fall, when I cast it down to Sheol with those who go down to the Pit; and all the trees of Eden, the choice and best of Lebanon, all that were well watered, were consoled in the world below. 17They also went down to Sheol with it, to those killed by the sword, along with its allies, those who lived in its shade among the nations. 18Which among the trees of Eden was like you in glory and in greatness? Now you shall be brought down with the trees of Eden to the world below; you shall lie among the uncircumcised, with those who are killed by the sword. This is Pharaoh and all his horde, says the Lord God.

2 Corinthians 10:12-18

12We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another, and compare themselves with one another, they do not show good sense. 13We, however, will not boast beyond limits, but will keep within the field that God has assigned to us, to reach out even as far as you. 14For we were not overstepping our limits when we reached you; we were the first to come all the way to you with the good news of Christ. 15We do not boast beyond limits, that is, in the labors of others; but our hope is that, as your faith increases, our sphere of action among you may be greatly enlarged, 16so that we may proclaim the good news in lands beyond you, without boasting of work already done in someone else’s sphere of action. 17“Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” 18For it is not those who commend themselves that are approved, but those whom the Lord commends.

The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

 

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