The Earth as a Witness

27 Apr

The last several days of Bible reading, my eye’s been drawn to examples of the earth as a witness.  The idea of creation as proof of Creator God is not new to me. It’s truly one of the reasons I love vacations so very much. The mind that conceives the beauty and the cycles to sustain the earth blows me away. The color of the water, the smooth sand combined with jagged rock, the magnificient mountains and the lush valleys.

 

 

 

 

These pics are all take from one exact spot, scanning left, forward and right. WOW!

 

This last week of Bible reading coupled with the completion of a Revelation study over the last month has really amped up my appreciation of earth as a witness. 

In Joshua 24: 15, Joshua urges the Isrealites to choose for themselves who they will serve, telling them, “As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” 

Isreal declares they, too, will serve the LORD alone.  Joshua continues to urge the community against false gods and to fully yield their hearts to God. In verse 27,  Joshua says,  “This stone will be a witness against us. It has heard all the words the LORD has said to us. It will be a witness against you if you are untrue to your God.”

Look at these other verses of creation as a witness, a participant in the testimony and worship of God, the soverign Creator.

Psalms 89:37; 90:2; 96: 11 – 13; 97: 11 – 13; 97: 1 – 7; 98: 4 – 9

These descriptions in Psalms coincide so closely with events given to us in Revelation. For one example, look at Rev. 6, verses 12 – 14. Note the involvement of the moon, sun, stars; the mountains and the islands.

As Christ rode into Jerusalem just before his arrest and crucifixion, his disciples praised him, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”  The law-minded Pharisees wanted Jesus to rebuke the disciples, but Christ said,

“I tell you, if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”  Luke 19:38; 40

It thrills me to know the creation is restrained from crying out praises to the Creator, but a day will come when the permission is given and everyone will know:

The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;
Psalm 24: 1.

Today’s Passages: Judges 7: 1 – 8:17; Luke 23: 13 – 43; Ps 97:1 – 98:9; Pr 14: 7 – 8

Wednesday’s Passages: Judges 8: 18 – 9:21; Luke 23:44 – 24:12; Ps 99: 1 – 9; Pr 14: 9 – 10

Thursday’s Passages: Judges 9:22 – 10:18; Luke 24:13 – 53; Ps 100: 1 – 5; Pr 14: 11 – 12

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