Nature as sibling: biblical ramblings

who shut in the sea with doors
when it burst out from the womb?—
when I made the clouds its garment,
and thick darkness its swaddling band,

‘Has the rain a father,
or who has begotten the drops of dew?
From whose womb did the ice come forth,
and who has given birth to the hoar-frost of heaven?

God declares his motherhood over creation to Job in his typical “not answering the question” style.

Many of creation Psalms don’t seem to domesticate nature as we do.

From Psalm 148

Praise him, all his angels;
praise him, all his heavenly hosts.
3 Praise him, sun and moon;
praise him, all you shining stars.
4 Praise him, you highest heavens
and you waters above the skies.

5 Let them praise the name of the LORD,
for at his command they were created,
6 and he established them for ever and ever—
he issued a decree that will never pass away.

7 Praise the LORD from the earth,
you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,
8 lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
stormy winds that do his bidding,
9 you mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars,
10 wild animals and all cattle,
small creatures and flying birds,
11 kings of the earth and all nations,
you princes and all rulers on earth,
12 young men and women,
old men and children.

From Psalm 147

He determines the number of the stars
and calls them each by name.

Psalm 8 asks the question why we as humanity receive such honour from God when compared to the magnificence and power of the rest of nature we are fairly itty bitty.

These few verses which I take to reflect a lot of other passages indicate that we are instrinsically part of creation and therefore nature is not that ‘thing’ we need to look after nor is it that ‘thing’ we look at in admiration. It’s family.


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