GOD PROVIDES AND CONNECTS – Psalm 104:10-14
Lord, you make springs pour water into the ravines; they low between the mountains. They give water to all the beasts of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst. The birds of the air nest by the waters; they sing among the branches. You water the mountains from your lofty abode; the earth is satisfied by the fruit of your work. You make grass grow for the cattle, and plants for people to cultivate – bringing forth food from the earth.
CREATION HAS A VOICE – Psalm 65:9-13
You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly. You drench its furrows and level its ridges; you soften it with showers and bless its crops. The grasslands of the desert over low; the hills are clothed with gladness. The meadows are covered with locks and the valleys are mantled with grain; they shout for joy and sing.
COVENANT WITH ALL OF CREATION – Genesis 9:9-10
“I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you and with every living creature that was with you-the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you-every living creature on earth.”
CARETAKERS OF CREATION – Genesis 2:8-9,15
And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed. Out of the ground the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.
GIVE A HOOT, DON’T POLLUTE – Numbers 35:33-34
“You shall not pollute the land in which you live…. You shall not defile the land in which you live, in which I also dwell; for I the LORD dwell among the Israelites.”
SABBATH FOR ALL OF CREATION – Leviticus 25:2-5, 23
“When you enter the land that I am giving you, the land itself must observe a sabbath to the Lord. For six years sow your fields, and for six years prune your vineyards and harvest their crops. But in the seventh year the land is to have a sabbath to the Lord. It shall be a year of complete rest for the land. The land shall not be sold in perpetuity, for the land belongs to me; with me you are but aliens and tenants.”
SUBDUE (kabash) and DOMINION (radah) – Genesis 1:28
God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over thefish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”