An Environmental Bible Study
Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s.
Genesis 1:28 God created the earth, but He has made us managers of His property. Good managers take care of their entrusted goods. (Matthew 25:14-30)
Genesis 2:15 Caring for the earth includes keeping it orderly and beautiful, not exploiting its resources through greedy waste.
I Cor. 10:31 Because God owns the earth (Psalm 95:5), caring for His creation is a way we can honor Him.
Proverbs 12:10 Even animals are to be cared for and not neglected or mistreated.
Hebrews 2:6-8 God has given the earth into humanity’s subjection, not to trash or abuse it, but to bring out its full potential.
Genesis 3:17-19 Sin caused our earth to be in its present dying and decaying state. (see also Romans 5:12)
Revelation 11:18 God will ultimately (reluctantly) destroy those who destroy the earth and create a new heaven and a new earth (Isaiah 51:6).
Isaiah 11:9 If nothing will hurt or destroy in the New Earth, it would be good if we learned how to build up, not destroy, on this earth!
Genesis 1:31 God originally made everything good and perfect. It is the work of redemption* to bring us back to the original Garden of Eden condition. God is pleased when we partner with Him right now to restore as far as possible our body, mind, and spirit to how He first made us. Stewardship of all God’s creation is one way we can worship God.
* Redemption is God’s act of rescuing us from the results of sin (death) and giving us eternal life. We are “redeemed” when we accept Jesus as our Savior, believing that He rescued us from the results of sin by dying on the cross in our place.
Luke 21:34-36 Be ready!