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A Kingdom in Paradise | DAY FIFTEEN


“Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock, the whole earth, and the creatures that crawl on the earth.” So God created man in his own image; he created him in the image of God; he created them male and female. God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. Rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and every creature that crawls on the earth.” God also said, “Look, I have given you every seed-bearing plant on the surface of the entire earth and every tree whose fruit contains seed. This will be food for you, for all the wildlife of the earth, for every bird of the sky, and for every creature that crawls on the earth — everything having the breath of life in it — I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good indeed. Evening came and then morning: the sixth day.”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Genesis 1:26-31 CSB


The first kingdom on earth was established by God, not man. God was the King. Adam and Eve were priviledged to be citizens of His Kingdom. It is very interesting to consider that the very first kingly command God gave to mankind was to take care of the earth and all the creatures he had made. What a task we were given. What a responsibility.

Let us give thanks to God for the bounty of his creation, and sing with the heavens in declaring the glory of God. Ask the Lord to show you how you can care for His creation, starting right here in our city. Let us consider how as part of our community and city we can continue to show our thanks for God’s goodness by taking our responsibility as care-givers seriously; starting with the Gospel.