The Obligation of Stewardship

A painting by the American Edward Hicks (1780 - 1849), showing the animals boarding Noah's Ark two by two./Wikipedia

The theme of man’s obligation of stewardship is perhaps most vividly expressed in the eighth and ninth chapters of Genesis.  The diluvian waters have receded and the ark has come to rest.  God tells Noah to bring everyone and everything out of the ark so that they will “spread over the earth and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.”  Noah builds an alter and performs a sacrifice which God finds pleasing and He vows to “never again curse the ground because of man, even though man’s inclination is evil from his youth.”  He also promises to preserve the flow of nature until He decides to bring the world as we know it to an end.

“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.” (Genesis 8:22)

God then reaffirms that man will have dominion over every other creature.

“The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every bird of the heavens, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea. Into your hand they are delivered.” (Genesis 9:2)

In these passages we see the refutation of the principal tenets of both the adherents to the theory of climate change and the animal rights movement.

God is not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33.)  His plan establishes order and without it, chaos would reign.  The Creator had no intention of issuing a license for destruction of the environment or wanton abuse and inhumane treatment of animals.


About raybowman

church of Christ elder, farmer, grandad, agriculture writer and broadcaster

Posted on December 3, 2010, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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