Fox Byte #2: A Commission

"The Garden of Eden" Erastus Salisbury Field

“The Garden of Eden”
Erastus Salisbury Field

To build on the Fox Byte #1, let’s assume that you decide you do believe this Supreme Being made the universe and everything in it.  Now what?  Why did God make all this?  Why did God make you?  We get close to the answer when we realize that God put humans in charge of all the earth (Genesis 1:28-30).  But what does that mean?  Maybe there’s an answer in these words:

“Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.”  (Genesis 2:15)

Oh, so we have a job?  Yes!  God made human beings to set this earth in order and make it productive.

Does the earth look very orderly right now?  Many of us don’t have to look any further than our living rooms to know that we have a serious problem with disorder!  Try browsing through the news on any media web page on any given day and you will see that we humans apparently haven’t done a very good job at what God made us to do.  So then the next question is, how did it get this way?  If God really made the earth and handed it off to us, how did we fumble the ball and make such a mess of it?

Maybe the answer starts with another question:  How does God define order?  If God made the earth and that beautiful garden of Eden, then God must have had some definition of order that the first humans understood.  How else would they be able to tend the earth and keep it?

This brings up the BIG QUESTIONS of the day:  What is your part in setting the earth in order and keeping it that way?  Do you have a purpose other than going to work or school, living for free time when you can do as you please, or eating things that taste good?  What do you think is God’s definition of order, and how does your own definition of order relate to it?

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© Albert J. McCarn and The Barking Fox Blog, 2014.  Permission to use and/or duplicate original material on The Barking Fox Blog is granted, provided that full and clear credit is given to Albert J. McCarn and The Barking Fox Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
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About Albert J. McCarn

I am a lifelong disciple of Jesus (Yeshua) of Nazareth, an avid student of the Bible, a devoted husband and father, a 29-year veteran of the United States Army, and a historian who connects people with their own stories.

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