God set Adam in the Garden of Eden with a two-fold purpose: to work and to guard (“keep”) it. Adam’s God-ordained task of work appears in different ways throughout Scripture as both a physical and Spiritual reality. This all culminates in Christ’s fulfillment of it, and in his body’s execution of works as well. This […]
In part 1 of this essay, we surveyed relevant covenantal and eschatological presuppositions. We plotted the connection between blessing and material prosperity in Eden, looked at instances in the New Testament where the connection between blessing and material prosperity is reaffirmed, and discussed how God disseminates blessings and curses in the context of nations vs. […]
A recent tweet from Desiring God stated that not one of the 112 references to being blessed in the New Testament “is connected to material prosperity”: This tweet, its potential implications, and some of the baggage that goes along with it bring up a topic we need to address in a comprehensive manner: the connection […]
The work and sabbath of God is the basis for the sabbath and work of man. The pattern for man is reversed: life/rest and then work. Man’s true sabbath is to rest in God, then good works flow from it. This means the Old Law was ceremonial.
On day four in his works of creation, God creates the sun, moon, and stars (Gen. 1:14–19). These “lights” in the heavens are specifically said to “separate” day and night, to “rule” the light and darkness, and to be for “signs and for seasons.” As we are considering a biblical worldview of work in the […]
In previous articles on a biblical worldview of work, we covered lessons in initiative, order, and judgment, among other things. Here we will find in creation day three a lesson in productivity. On the third day of creation, God created plants (Gen 1:11-13). Specifically, it says, he created grass bearing seed after its kind and […]
The following is a letter from James W. Alexander (1804-1859) to his younger brother. James was a Presbyterian minister and the eldest son of Archibald Alexander (1772-1851). In his letter, James gives his brother excellent advice that is just as needed today, more than 150 years later. My dear brother, You must not suppose, from […]
A nation’s culture defines what is normal and acceptable in society; how we view right and wrong, who are heroes are, and what we want our children to believe. Culture is based on the values that are widely accepted by society and that we want to transmit from generation to generation. Many things affect a nation’s culture, but few affect it so directly and profoundly as politics.
Theodor Geisel will forever be remembered for the contributions that he made to children’s literature. Writing more than 60 books for children over a 60-year career, it might be said that Geisel thought more like a child during his adult life, than he did during his childhood. His simple stories, with their deliberate rhyming patterns and colorful illustrations, continue to captivate child after child, year after year. But the most ironic thing about Theodor Geisel – known to all as Dr. Seuss – is the fact that he never had any children of his own. The world’s most renowned author and artist of children’s stories, whose books seem to magically appear in homes once children are present, never had the joy of reading his books to his own children or grandchildren. Dr. Seuss wrote his books for others, not for himself.
One of the greatest needs of Christ’s Kingdom in the United States and around the world is the ability and inclination of Christians to succeed in their so-called secular occupations and careers. Since Christians have long ago surrendered society and culture to Christ’s enemies, the workplace is dominated by “secular” ideas. Consequently, Christians feel out […]
In a parable about stewardship in Luke 19, Jesus tells His hearers to "occupy until I come." The New American Standard translates the verse this way: "Do business until I come." The verse prior to the parable gives the context: "While they were listening to these things, Jesus went on to tell a parable, because He was near Jerusalem, and they [His listeners] supposed that the kingdom of God was going to appear immediately" (Luke 19:11). Since this parable immediately follows the story of Zaccheus’ conversion, we have no reason to assume that Jesus is speaking to a different audience. In this parable, Jesus actually speaks of three groups of people: