Our Work with Creation 31 AUG 14
LEV 25:1-2 This is not a relevant passage for Christians to live by. And how this defines “Our Work with Creation” is beyond me.
It is essential and critical to realize fully what Paul declared as fact in (Rom 6:14 RSV) "For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace." Christians are not under the Old Testament Law! We are to be guided otherwise. (Gal 5:18 RSV) "But if you are led by the Spirit you are not under the law."
The Law is not for Christians. (Heb 9:22 RSV) "Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins." But we are saved by the single, one time offering of the Lamb of God, Jesus the Christ. (Heb 9:24-25 RSV) "For Christ has entered, not into a sanctuary made with hands, a copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the Holy Place yearly with blood not his own;"
Jesus is the only offering for the saved, past, present, and future. (Heb 10:1 RSV) "For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices which are continually offered year after year, make perfect those who draw near." (Heb 10:4-6 RSV) "For it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins. Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, "Sacrifices and offerings thou hast not desired, but a body hast thou prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings thou hast taken no pleasure." (Heb 10:12-14 RSV) "But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, then to wait until his enemies should be made a stool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are sanctified."
The Sabbath is an event(s) defined by the Law. The Sabbath does NOT apply to Christians! There is no New Testament scripture that calls for Christians to keep a Sabbath day or year or season, no matter what day of week or time you want to do so. Christians are called to assemble regularly together to worship the Father. Usually this is mentioned as being on the first day of the week, but this is not a solid command as the only day to worship and fellowship. But this is not an Old Testament Sabbath as addressed by LEV 25:1-7 and other places. The idea of a Sabbath for Christians developed after the first century as a false belief as did so many things many churches do today. All writings and references to a Christian Sabbath are done later than the Bible and are based on wrong Bible reading. It is never good to use wrong scripture to support good ideas, no matter how right they are in themselves.
LEV 25:3-7 These verses call for a whole year of Sabbath rest for the land: “you shall not sow your field or prune your vineyard.” In other words, do no farming! This has no relevance with working with creation. One thing that could perhaps be said about the purpose of the Land Sabbath is it was an early use of quasi-crop rotation. But that is being generous since nothing is said about planting different crops in the same land spaces.
So what can we say about “Our Work with Creation”? Genesis defines the basic working of humans with creation in (Gen 1:28 RSV) "And God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth."" To do this, humans must become knowledgeable of science, engineering, mathematics, and other fields of knowing how God designed creation so we can develop the tools and techniques to subdue the earth and have dominion of the life on it.
Last week’s lesson “God’s Work of Creation” was about God creating the Cosmos and His controlling it as He chooses. So this week the lesson in the same theme would be about our work with/within the Cosmos. Therefore there are two basic works to be done by Christians:
Remember (2 Cor 9:8 RSV) "And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work." The Father wants us to do both kinds of work well and as unto Him.
Marvin Ganote, Hobbs Study Class, Adult Teacher. Lesson at: http://dma1.org/~ganotemd/lesson.htm or http://academic.udayton.edu/MarvinGanote/Bible/lessn.htm