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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Water from a rock

Reading: Numbers 20: 7-8
Two things to note: firstly, the power of the Lord in bringing forth water from the rock. Moses is told to command the rock to yield water and it will do so. The power of the Lord, working through Moses, it able to create miracles within nature. It is unlikely there was a pool of water inside the rock, it seems rather that the Lord has simply created something out of nothing – which does not fit within natural laws and thus must be termed a miracle. Secondly, note that this miracle is expressly not only to provide drink for the people but also “their livestock”.

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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+