Readings: Genesis 1:26-28 Psalm 8 Philippians 2:1-8 Mark 10:35-45
Genesis 1:28: “God blessed them, saying, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
Genesis 2:15: “The LORD God took the man and placed him in the Garden of Eden, to till it and tend it.”
Two Sundays ago, the theme of our first Creation series was EARTH. In Week #1, you may remember that I made a couple of points. The first was that the Genesis story is not a logical, scientific account of what happened in the beginning of time. Instead, Genesis was intended God’s people engaging in theological reflection,with God as the subject. God as the first cause.
I noted that there were at least three implications of the Creation story for you and me. First, I said God challenges us to recognize and acknowledge that God is the first cause of all life that we know: Light and darkness. Sky, sea and earth. Fruits and vegetables. Daylights and nightlights. Birds and sea creatures. Cattle, creeping things and wild animals. Human beings.
The second implication was that IF God is the first cause of all creation—from night and day to human beings—then our best and highest response to God is worship and adoration. We exist as created beings to worship the Holy One who created the world and all that is in it. Coming to church may have other benefits, such as socializing with friends or Sunday School for our children. However, the foremost and deepest reason we come to church is to worship God, the loving Holy One who created us. In the face of such a mystery, we kneel, give thanks, put our hands out to receive bread and wine that represent God to us through Jesus Christ.In response to what is in our hands, we say, AMEN.
There is a third implication, however, and I left that one for this week. It is this: If we acknowledge God as first in importance in our lives and in the world, then this begs the question of how you and I take care of God’s created order.