God handed over the earth to humanity
God created the heavens and the earth
Then created man and woman
Told them to be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, replenish and subdue it
To rule the fish of the sea, plus the birds of the sky
And every animal crawling on the earth
God gave them every seed-producing plant
And every tree with seed containing fruit for food.
He also told them that, that food would be for them.
And for all the wildlife of the earth,
For every bird of the sky,
and for every animal that crawls on the earth
Also told them He had given them every green plant for food.
Then God saw All that He made, and it was very good
This is Genesis 1:27-31(paraphrase)
Let me say, God desired for humanity to have ‘Earth Day’ every day. Adam and his wife taking care of the plants. And when God handed over authority the earth it was very good.
Now you may say, “but some plants are poisonous”
Answer: They were not poisonous then. Because after handing over authority to humanity, God saw that it was very good Genesis 1:31. But when Adam and Eve sinned, God cursed the ground Genesis 3:17.
Earth day and the environment
The Earth Day we have today was God’s original intent, in its unadulterated form.
What is earth day? Wikipedia states it’s an annual event celebrated on April 22. Worldwide, various events are held to show support for environmental protection ”
It was founded by Senator Gaylord Anton Nelson, and it began as a teach-in about environmental issues. Earth Day network coordinates Earth Day globally. Awareness of environmental issues daily is the motto. Like Adam was given a responsibility to take care of the earth. To rule/subdue it.
You may begin to wonder. Where I am going with this? Great question.
Answer: After Adam sinned, the last Adam came.
The first Adam Versus The Second/Adam
The First Adam became a living being, the last Adam, a life-giving Spirit 1 Corinthians 15:45
The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven 1Corinthians 15:47
Ladies and gentlemen, the last Adam came to restore all things. He is a last giving Spirit. His life is Jesus. He is a life-giving Spirit.
What must we do
Besides doing what is natural in preserving our environments, which is good. We can also declare life into our environments.
- Pray for those in authority, those making decisions and passing laws environmentally. We pray for wisdom.The Bible says, to pray for those in authority.1 Timothy 2:1-2.
Wisdom comes from God. God gave Solomon wisdom to rule.http://superiordomain.net/wisdom/
Believers we are the salt(preservatives) of the earth. Matthew 5:13
We are light of the world Matthew 5:14 and Jesus is the Light of the world
We follow after the great LIGHT therefore we are also light. God says if His people, humble themselves, and turn from their wicked ways. He promises, in turn to forgive sins and heal our land.2 Chronicles 7:14
James 5:17 Elijah was a human ,just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain. Hence it did not rain for three and a half years.
Verse 18 Again he prayed for rain, it rained and the earth produced crop.
It’s Prayer, and prayer, plus prayer. I’m preaching to myself too. Salt and light cannot stand on the sidelines. It’s time to Rise, Shine for Our Light has come!
- We can declare things and they will be established. But how? Be speaking to the atmosphere, speaking to vegetation, and to the rivers/oceans. They have ears. They do hear:
- Jesus rebuked the waves and they calmed. He said, “Quiet, be still.” And the seas calmed henceforth. Mark 4:39
- To the barren fig tree he said, “May no fruit ever come from you again!” At once the fig tree withered Matthew 21:19. In this instance Jesus got the chance to teach the disciples about faith. That if they believe, they will have whatever they ask for in prayer.