22nd August 2020

Who Cares…

“The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and for evermore.”
Psalm 121:7-8 (ESV)

The Natural History Museum in London houses a vast range of specimens from all parts of natural history. It says that it is ‘home to life and earth science specimens comprising some 80 million items.’ It’s a leading science research centre that specialises ‘in taxonomy, identification and conservation.’ Its vision and strategy statement is very interesting: ‘We are creating advocates for the planet.’ And they say that they ‘use our unique collections and unrivalled expertise to tackle the biggest challenges facing the world today.’

What’s this got to do with a Day by Day?  Well, one of my neighbours was head of one of the largest departments there. His title was the Keeper of Zoology. In our twenty-first century it seems a rather old fashioned title for such a position.  We are used to CEOs, Managing Directors, and in the museum world, more usually Curators. However there are many high-paying posts for the highly qualified that still carry the title of Keeper.

And as a job description I really like it. It made me think back to the beginning of the Bible, where in Genesis 2:15 God takes Adam and places him in the Garden of Eden ‘to work it and keep it’. So Adam was the first Keeper. Unfortunately from Adam onwards our record of being keepers of the earth has been abysmal, but today, as we realise the consequences of ravaging and exploiting our world rather than looking after it, we are starting to try to rectify the mess we have made.

I like the title for a second reason: being a Keeper, taking up the job given to Adam, is to follow in the footsteps of our Great Keeper. Psalm 121:5 states bluntly: “The Lord is your keeper.” In fact, in the eight verses of this short psalm we are told five times that God is our keeper. We get the point.

Though the earth has had some rest as we have struggled with the coronavirus, no doubt we will resume our poor care of our home. But as God’s children, let us do what we can to be Keepers of the earth he has given us.

Father, may we take after you, and be keepers, as we are kept.

Study by Hilary Buck

About the Author:
Hilary Buck is an Elder and pastors Grace Communion in Lewes.
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Local Congregation:
Grace Communion in Lewes
The House of Friendship
208 High Street

Meeting Time:
Sunday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Hilary Buck
Email:  lewes@gracecom.church

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