Tim’s Daily Bread Devotional 11.15.21

By November 15, 2021Daily Bread

Good morning!

I hope this day finds you and your family well. I invite you to take a few moments with me to read and reflect upon today’s scripture selection — and to carry these thoughts with you into your day.

Today’s Scripture: Genesis 2:4-9 

This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created. On the day the Lord God made earth and sky— before any wild plants appeared on the earth, and before any field crops grew, because the Lord God hadn’t yet sent rain on the earth and there was still no human being[a] to farm the fertile land, though a stream rose from the earth and watered all of the fertile land— the Lord God formed the human[b] from the topsoil of the fertile land[c] and blew life’s breath into his nostrils. The human came to life. The Lord God planted a garden in Eden in the east and put there the human he had formed. In the fertile land, the Lord God grew every beautiful tree with edible fruit, and also he grew the tree of life in the middle of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Tim’s Devotional Reflection for Today

Early in the book of Genesis at the beginning of the Bible there is the idea that human beings have a responsibility for the earth.

In this second account of creation, it says, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.”

In the first creation story, we have these words: “Then God said, ‘Let us make humanity in our image to resemble us so that they may take charge of the fish of the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the earth, and all the crawling things on earth.’ God created humanity in God’s own image, in the divine image God created them, male and female God created them. God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and master it. Take charge of the fish of the sea, the birds in the sky, and everything crawling on the ground.’” (Genesis 1:26-28, Common English Bible)

Sometimes we humans have misunderstood the words “take charge” or, in the older translations, “have dominion over.”  We have abused the concept by taking it to mean that we can do whatever we want to and with the earth and its bounty, rather than understanding it the stewardship of all that God has given us.

I encourage you to read the first two chapters of Genesis, remembering that it isn’t a science book, but the book of our faith to which we bring three important questions:  Who is God?  Who are we? and What is the relationship between God and us?

Thank you for sharing this early moment of your day with me, with God, and with the words and reflections I hope you will carry with you throughout the coming day and night.

Grace and Peace,

Dr. Tim Bruster
Senior Pastor


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