He Saw It Was Good Bible Study – Session Three

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In this first video, MAF staff presenters Sheonagh and Matt will introduce you to the topic of ‘Planet’ and describe how MAF Technologies PNG are taking steps to ensure sustainable power for remote villages.


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Read the following passage of Scripture. We will be returning to this later in the study.

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honour. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Psalm 8:3-9 (NIV)


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In this next video, our presenters will walk you through the Sustainable Development goal of helping ‘Planet’ — our next ‘P’.

As you watch the video, you may wish to make notes. Jot down any facts and statistics that you will find helpful to ponder and pray over in the future.


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Written by Adam Pope

We read in the Bible’s account of creation that God set man above all the creatures of the earth. On day six, God made humans in His image and gave them authority to ‘Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, and over every living creature that moves on the ground’ (Genesis 1:28). That’s a huge responsibility.

Over the centuries, many have used this command to legitimise the control and suppression of the planet. Many have sought to dominate and use God’s creation for their own ends.

In the process of social ‘progress’ and economic growth, we have over-consumed the resources placed in our hands, industrialised the farming of livestock for food, destroyed habitats, and poisoned the environment we all share.

The terms ‘rule’ and ‘subdue’ have been translated as ‘dominate’ and ‘conquer’. Today, we live with the consequences of this behaviour.

So, what should our attitude be to the role God has given us regarding His creation?

If we want to know God’s perspective on what it means to rule, what better place to start than the kings He chose to rule His people? His directions to them should provide an insight into our own responsibilities.

Let’s take King Solomon as an example. In Psalm 72:8-11, the Psalmist says, ‘May he rule from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth. May the desert tribes bow before him and his enemies lick the dust.

‘May the kings of Tarshish and of distant shores bring tribute to him. May the kings of Sheba and Seba present him gifts. May all kings bow down to him and all nations serve him.’

He is clearly the boss!

Why are the kings bowing down to him? Where does his authority come from? Is it hard discipline, strict control and might? No. In Psalm 72:12-14 we read, ‘For he will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help. He will take pity on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death. He will rescue them from oppression and violence, for precious is their blood in his sight.’

Here is a ruler whose authority comes from his care and compassion, and who seeks to nourish and tend. It is this that gives him the authority to rule.

God calls us to ‘act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with [our] God’ (Micah 6:8). But I wonder if this is really humankind’s attitude to God’s creation?

Look at Jesus. He declared that, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me’ (Matthew 28:18). Did He use that to bring about His Kingdom by force? Did He seek to use others and control people to push His agenda?

No. He tended His flock, healed and fed them, taught and encouraged them. His rule was gentle, kind and compassionate.

As our planet groans under the weight of our excess, we are being challenged to rethink our shared life on the planet. Studies have revealed the interconnectedness of all living things, from fungi to trees, mammals to insects, reefs to humans. We need one another.

We have been given the gift of ruling over all living things, but in a way that protects, cares and nourishes all forms of life. By doing so, it enables us to thrive.

But if we destroy other parts of God’s creation, then not only are we neglecting His provision and handiwork, but we’re also damaging ourselves in the process.

I found this biblical paraphrase helpful for understanding our God-given role to tend to the needs of creation. It was written by Christopher Brown:

‘Rule with care and fairness over the natural world, over the myriad of My beautiful creatures — from tropical fish to soaring eagles to dogs and cats — every creature that is a part of this living world.’

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When you hear God’s command to rule over creation, how does that make you feel?

Consider Matthew 28:18 and Jesus’ statement that all authority has been given to Him. From what you know about Jesus’ character, in what ways does the example of how Jesus exercised His authority differ from those who are in positions of authority in the world today?

Is there anything you can learn from this which will impact your role as ruler over the part of God’s creation in which He has placed you?

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This next video, introduced by your presenters Matt and Sheonagh, will show you a recent solar installation from MAF Technologies PNG.


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Think of people you’ve known who have had authority over you. This could be at work, in church, at school or in your family. How did they express that authority? What positive influences did that expression of authority have on you? What negative influences did these expressions of authority have on you?

Consider the statistics below which relate to sustainable consumption. When we read these figures about ‘waste’, what do they tell us about how our lifestyles, demands and ‘needs’ regarding food and consumables aren’t necessarily aligned in ways that promote sustainability? What can we learn from this?


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Re-read Psalm 8:3-9 (Scripture section of this guide)

Are there times when you haven’t lived up to the responsibility God has given you to be a steward of His creation? We all are guilty in some part of mistreating the planet, whether knowingly or unintentionally, through the way in which society expects us to consume goods and materials.

Take time to reflect on this, then spend time with God in prayer, asking Him to make you aware of your behaviour and actions. Then consider some different choices you could make.

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