Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. John 1:3 (NIV)
God gave Noah assurance that the beasts and birds, larger and greater in number than his family would not harm them as they exited the ark; instead, the animals would fear them. God allowed humans to eat clean meat because of the scarcity of fruits, nuts, and vegetables. Perhaps the animals became more afraid when they smelled chicken soup, roast beef, or deer stew.
As the water started to subside the mountains appeared, surrounded by swamps of decomposing bodies that polluted the air. Then God sent a powerful dry storm that destroyed the perfect formations of mountains and hills to bury the dead bodies, including decaying trees, precious stones like diamonds, and minerals such as gold, silver, and bronze. The entire formation of the earth changed. Mountains became rugged and irregular; others transformed into deserts. Some of the water deposited in the coldest parts of the earth turned into glaciers and icebergs; the dry storm became the third dreadful curse on earth as a consequence of sin. Buried animals and trees turned into coal beds yielding today’s large quantities of oil to power machines and automobiles.
God’s handy work shaped all of these; if not, our world would have remained a disorganized swamp after the flood.
Human beings’ management of these resources today, however, destroyed not only the earth’s natural beauty. It also destroyed the ozone layer causing global warming. The frequent interaction of hot and cold developed strong typhoons like Yolanda (Hayan), and deadly diseases such as Cancer claiming lives.
Icebergs are melting and seas are rising. Islands and cities below sea level will soon habituate under the sea. It may sound exciting but I don’t think I’ll be comfortable swimming between two wild sharks.
Let us not magnify the curse by contributing to the destruction of planet earth our only shelter, our temporary home until Jesus comes again.
References: Genesis 7-9; Patriarchs and Prophets Pages 88-89
Ely Lagajino graduated AB Social Science from Adventist University of the Philippines. He earned his way through high school and college as a working student. The stories and articles posted in scribe.ph are testaments of God’s leading in his life through serving and associating with various communities and individuals, Bible study, research, and careers that have spanned more than 5 decades. Ely and his wife Elmie who edits his articles, along with their five children who serve in the allied health and business professions, just love to share Jesus to the rest of the world, while waiting for His soon return.