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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