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Saturday, February 7, 2009


Reading: Exodus 4-11

I spent today at an Environmental Law worshop hosted by the Environmental Defender's Office in the ACT. It was really great and everyone learnt a lot, including me. I just wanted to mention it to make sure that you are all aware that the Environmental Defenders offer a free telephone advice service on public interest environmental law questions. For those in the ACT the number is 02 6247 9420 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays; but there are offices in every capital city. For more information visit their website at

In today's reading God switches from using nature to bless man to using it to punish the Egyptians. They start with the miracle of the blooming rod, and then the serpents. When this does not make an impact on Pharoah the Lord turns the waters to blood and then sends plagues of frogs, lice, flies, livestock diseases, boils, hail and locusts. With the exception of blood, these are plagues that mankind has suffered from throughout history. Finally God sends darkness and the death of the firstborn. This is a humbling lesson in why we should listed to the word and will of God from the moment we hear His voice, no matter how quiet it may sound. For if we don't God will send greater and greater signs to get our attention.

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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+