What does God require? Part 4: Creatures of the land

How does God view the survival and prosperity of the wild creature? Throughout the Bible, we read that even in a fallen world, God rejoices in the beauty and balance of his creation. We also read that God has designed the created order so that his wild creatures will have the food, water, and habitat… Continue reading What does God require? Part 4: Creatures of the land

What Does God Require? Part 3: The Land & Warfare

Even in the midst of the crisis of warfare, we find that in Israel God’s people are commanded to treat creation with care. In Deut 20:19-20 we find an obscure, but very interesting law: When you besiege a city for many days, to make war against it in order to capture it, you shall not… Continue reading What Does God Require? Part 3: The Land & Warfare

What About the Poor?

Part 2: The Destitute As we discussed in my last entry, the Israelites understood that “their” land actually belonged to God. They therefore believed that the produce of their land belonged to him as well. As a result, Israelite law dictated that rather than the Israelites exhausting the produce of the land in their quest… Continue reading What About the Poor?

What Does God Require? Part 1: The Land

Last month we talked about blueprints. We learned that in God’s original blueprint for creation God stood enthroned above all of the animate and inanimate order and humanity stood just below him as his steward of the same. In that entry I spoke of the impact of the fall of humanity upon the cosmos over… Continue reading What Does God Require? Part 1: The Land

An Old Testament Professor and Creation Care

My name is Sandy Richter and I teach Old Testament. More specifically, I train seminarians. I myself am a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Harvard University’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and I currently teach at Wesley Biblical Seminary in Jackson, MS. But most significant to my profile is that I am… Continue reading An Old Testament Professor and Creation Care