Every Living Thing Week 1: Creator
Pastor Dan’s sermon, “Creator” in the new series Every Living Thing is available here or you can watch it below.
We started a new series this week called Every Living Thing. Pastor Dan is delving into how much God cares for His creation and what that might look like for us as we walk in His way and care about the things He cares about.
Pastor Dan pointed out a few spots in Scripture where it becomes clear that God cares so much about, not just humanity, but all that He has created.
In Jonah 4, God tells Jonah that He is concerned for both the people and the animals of Nineveh. In Matthew 6, Jesus speaks about how God clothes the grass of the field. And, something we often miss when we read the Noah story, God makes His very first covenant in Genesis 9 with, not just people, but with every living thing – the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals.
Pastor Dan also showed us that God’s creation is part of the big story of redemption–the gospel. Colossians 1 makes it clear that with Jesus’ death and resurrection, He began to reconcile all things to Himself.
15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
In the very beginning of Scripture, God created all things and made them good. And in the end, the Bible says that all will be re-created and brought back to how it was supposed to be. In fact, the Bible tells us that the creation — not just humanity — is waiting in anticipation of that day.
Creation reveals a good God. A God who is glorified through what He has done and what He has created. He has a big plan, which includes the salvation of people and the restoration of all things. I’m excited for us to go through this series together — to learn more about what the Bible has to say about God’s care for all He has created and to see how we can be involved in caring for the things close to God’s heart.
All creatures of our God and King — you, me, all humanity, sun, moon, mountains, animals, every living thing — Oh Praise Him!