Of Keeping Land & Men

The same “keep­ing” of us we have come to expect of God (“The LORD bless thee, and keep [Hb., shamar] thee:,” Num­bers 6:24) is the same sort of “keep­ing” of the land which God expects of man (“And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the gar­den of Eden to dress it and to keep [Hb., shamar] it,” Gen­e­sis 2:15).

It is almost as if God wants us to guard, pro­tect, and care for the land just as He guards, pro­tects, and cares for us.

And if that’s the case, then there are two possibilities:

a) We have a cheap­ened view of God’s keep­ing of man, or
b) we are shirk­ing out duties toward the earth almost entirely.

At the least, I con­fess that those two pos­si­bil­i­ties are both true for my part.


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Rick Beckman