Posted by: mcgurker | May 28, 2009

Finding God in Creation – We’re Standing on Holy Ground


This section of the Green Bible Trail guide show us passages in scripture that teach us that we can learn about God through God’s interaction with the natural world.

Scripture passages for this journey are:

Exodus 3: 1-6
Psalm 147
John 1: 1-5
Colossians 1:15-20
Acts 17: 24-28

In the passage from Exodus, God literally speaks through Creation, telling Moses, “Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground” (Exodus 3:5).  This place is a sacred space, not to be taken lightly, but a space where Moses is commanded to tread lightly. Throughout the book of Exodus, Moses and the Israelites continue to experience God through Creation; in the bread and water that sustain them (Exodus 16:15 and 17:6) and through the pillars of cloud and light that guide and protect them (Exodus 13:21).

 In the New Testament, God Speaks to us through Creation again.  In the incarnation of Christ, God’s Word is made flesh (John 1: 1-14). Christ, the Bread of Life, the Living Water, the Light, is both Creator and Created.  The passage in Colossians tells us, that in Jesus, not only can we know our Creator, but we can see God’s clearest intentions for Creation because, in Christ, “the first born of all Creation,” (1:15) “the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to Godself to all things” (1:19).  One of the definitions of reconcile is to reconsecrate, or to make holy again.  If we think about Colossians 1:19 in these terms then through Christ, all of Creation, the land and each person living on it becomes holy and demands the same respect and care Moses was commanded to show while standing on the mountain of God. In short, through Christ, all of Creation becomes “oly ground.”

 What does this mean for us as Christians? First and foremost, it means that we should praise and worship God, our Creator and Redeemer.   It also means that we must consider the impacts of our actions on our own bodies, our neighbors, and the entire Creation and take leadership within our communities to promote a just and compassionate response to the environmental challenges facing us today.  Go to www.nccecojustice.org and www.faithfulclimate.org for worship resources, information on issues including climate change, environmental health, lands and water, and resources to help you become a leader in your congregation and community.

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