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Jeremiah Was A Dragon Man: As Go God’s Children, So Goes Creation

Because of the ground that is dismayed, since there is no rain on the land, the farmers are ashamed; they cover their heads. Even the doe in the field forsakes her newborn fawn because there is no grass. The wild donkeys stand on the bare heights; they pant for air like jackals, their eyes fail because there is no vegetation.

Jeremiah 14:4-6

The people of God in Judah are receiving judgment because “they loved to wander thus; they have no restrained their feet.” The Israelites not only sin against YHWH, but they love it! Although they make appeals for forgiveness, the people of Israel show no indication that they have any interest in restraining themselves from idolatry, injustice, and deceit. The judgment Israel has been warned about for years is imminent. But it is not only the people of Israel who will suffer.

The kingdom of Creation will suffer too. Because of the judgment coming on Jerusalem, the doe leaves her child, the majestic wild donkeys starve to death, even the ground is dismayed. When those who are supposed to be the redeemed people of YHWH are being less than who they should be, then the domain of Creation under their power suffers. This is not a new concept.

When Jeremiah talks about the way that Creation suffers when the people of God face judgment for not being the people of God, he is merely picking up on a Biblical theme that begins in Genesis and weaves its way throughout Scripture.

Genesis 1:26 says:

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

The first job of man was to rule over creation. Humanity was not to have dominion with an iron fist that destroys, but to rule as one made in God’s likeness. Certainly the God who made creation and called it good would want it well maintained. Ruling over creation as one made in God’s image requires preserving the goodness of the creation. When first Man sinned, Creation was also corrupted because its ruler failed to preserve the goodness of creation. As humanity goes, so goes Creation.

God’s promise to Abraham to bless his descendants and bless the other nations through them was God’s long-term plan to set things right with the corrupted humanity. It is also, because humans are the caretakers of Creation, God’s way of setting things right with Creation. And so we see that a thousand years down the road, the fate of Abraham’s descendants is still intimately connected with the fate of Creation. This is neither a new concept nor an archaic one.

For the people of God re-centered around Jesus Messiah, part of our bearing of the image of God also includes taking care of what God has created. We have been redeemed by Jesus, but will not experience this redemption in all its fullness until we acquire new and incorruptible bodies. And guess who can’t wait for us to be redeemed in full? Yeah, Creation groans with us for our redemption that Creation might be free with us and experience the glory of its original goodness.

Romans 8:19-23

For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.

As we grow to reflect the image of the Messiah, obtaining the freedom and glory of redemption, the Creation over which we rule should experience the firstfruits of redemption as well. If this is true, then I have a nagging question, what the hell does that look like?

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