Fourth Responsibility: Work in and Take Care of God’s Creation (Genesis 2:15)

And Jehovah God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

Although the Bible doesn’t say so, there is a good possibility that God sat down with Adam and Eve and recited the first and second chapters of Genesis over and over again so they knew it by heart—just like a child requests a parent to retell a bedtime story over and over again, until the child can recite it word for word.  Later these same children recited it to their children, grand children, etc. for generations.  Eventually the oral tradition was written down and passed on to us in printed form.  There is a lot of information packed into the first few chapters of Genesis!

 

Side Issues (to be discussed only if questions raised): Many times there are passages we’ve overlooked in the past that hit us as we read through the Bible.  And many times there are passages that puzzle us and/or don’t make sense to us.

 

Food given by God to obedient humankind (Gen 1:29): “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for food.”  The Biblical basis some people use for vegetarian eating Note that this is in the Garden of Eden, when Adam & Eve were still obedient to the Word of God.  In Gen 9:3 God gives Noah everything that lives and moves for food.  During the exodus this was modified to animals that have cloven hooves and chewed the cud, Leviticus 11:1-3.  In Mark 7:19 Jesus declared all foods clean; also see Romans 14:20.

 

Food given by God to other creatures in the Garden of Eden (Gen 1:30): “and to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the heavens, and to everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for food: and it was so.”  Does this mean there were no carnivores in the Garden of Eden?  It does fit in with restoration passages, such as: Isaiah 11:6-9+ and 65:17-25 -- on God’s Holy Mountain “the lion will eat straw like the ox”.

 

It seems that God's focus in giving humans this responsibility is to ensure the garden (earth) will continue to meet the needs of human beings...
 

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