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IV. The Gospels: Christ's intimacy with creation

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IV. The Gospels: Christ's intimacy with creation

A. Jesus repeatedly retreated to the mountains and wilderness to pray (Luke 5:16, 6:12, 9:28); preparation for ministry (40 days in the wilderness); theophanies (the mountain of transfiguration, Mark 9:2).
B. Christ takes the Wisdom traditions about nature for granted in many of his parables. He frequently uses nature as a learning tool to tell us that God will provide what is needed by reminding people that God cares for the smallest creatures. (Matthew 6:25-30). The ordinary things of the natural world are shown to be revelatory. Jesus was angry with the disciples when showed fear in the midst of the storm (Mark 4:40). The power of nature should be a sign to us of the power and wisdom of God and should remind us to trust him in his infinite wisdom.
C. Jesus also reminds us that the meek shall inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5) as opposed to those who try to control her or exploit her.
D. The new creation does not about exploiting renewable resources
E. The story of Jesus life is an example of God’s faithfulness to creation. Despite the sins of humans, God will renew all creation.

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