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Friday, February 6, 2009

The beginning of Exodus

Reading: Exodus 1-3

The beginning of Exodus continues our theme of God providing blessings through nature. Moses is saved by a basket made of reeds and the river which carries him to Pharaoh's daughter. Then in chapter 3 God appears to Moses as a burning bush. God does not chose something of man to reveal himself to Moses, but rather sends him away from man, through a sheep, to His holy mountain where He reveals himself through two potent symbols of nature- the bush and the fire.

God teaches us about Him through nature. Its beauty forces us to stop and praise Him, its silence helps us to hear His voice and His creation reveals His nature to us in visual parables.

If you want to really understand what I mean see if you can get a copy of John Stott's 'The Birds; Our Teachers' (Candle Books, 2007, UK). This great book illustrates just some of the lessons the Creator can teach us through His birds. Or better yet, go out into nature and discover for yourself. And take your children with you.

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Important Lessons from the Bible

Why Jesus came:
"that the world might be saved through him"
John 3:17

Who Jesus is going to use to save the world:
"For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God."
Romans 8:19

Our role on earth:
"The LORD God put the man in the Garden of Eden to take care of it and to look after it."
Genesis 2:15

The Five Pillars of A Christian Theology of Sustainability

1. God is the creator, sustainer and redeemer of creation.

2. Covenantal Stewardship (we have a covenant with God as stewards of the earth).

3. The creation-fall-redemption paradigm (God made a good world; human failure broke the relationships between god, man and creation; Christ provides hope for all creation).

4.Bodily resurrection(we will rise with bodies, not as spirits)

5.New Creation (a new Heaven and new Earth refers to a renewal and an earthing of heaven, not starting over).

Adapted from When Enough is Enough: A Christian Framework for Environmental Sustainability, Edited by R.J. Berry, Published by Inter-Varsity Press, 2007, Nottingham p43+