The Word of the Lord
Genesis 1.9-12: And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1.29: Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.
Genesis 2.5: Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground, but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground.
On day three of creation, God caused the dry land to appear on earth and spoke plants into existence. Plants include trees, shrubs, herbs, bushes, grasses, vines, ferns, mosses, and flowers. God gave plants to mankind for food and beauty.
Initially, there were no plants on the dry land because there was no man to work the ground. God’s earliest plan was for man and plants to interact, i.e., man to tend plants and plants to give food to man.
God intended mankind to have a different relationship with animals than with plants. God gave Adam dominion, supreme authority, or absolute ownership over animals. In contrast, God told Adam to tend, guard, and keep plants. Tending means taking care of, i.e., a caretaker. Guarding is defending against danger and/or destruction. The archaic meaning of keep is “to protect.”
God entrusted plants and plant growth to mankind. What an awesome responsibility then and now! God’s trust encompasses being good stewards of the land and resources given to us by God.
Think about your feelings when you ponder your garden or the space around your home. God gave you this portion of his creation. You are its custodian. You have a responsibility to tend, guard, and keep the plants in your garden and surroundings.
Many of us, if not most of us, don’t think about responsibility to plants. We barely have time to take care of our children, spouse, home, etc. The notion that God gave us plants to protect, guard, and care for is beyond what we think about, even want to think about; it’s just another responsibility.
Does faithful stewardship of plants include plants in your community? What about in your state, nation, or world?
Copyright: May 30, 2020