In Isaiah 35:1-2 we read this:
The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them,
And the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose;
It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice,
Even with joy and singing.
The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,
The excellence of Carmel and Sharon.
They shall see the glory of YHWH,
The excellency of our God.
If you are anything like me, you may have concluded that these prophetic words are going to come to pass by future, direct Divine intervention, as I understood this in times past. In other words, at one time in the future God will make the wasteland and desert to blossom “as the rose.” I see this differently now. While I do believe that the Creator does play an active role in bringing to pass His purpose in the earth, I believe that it is vitally important for us to realize that He has never intended to bring these things to pass without involving humanity (particularly His enlightened people to begin with).
The future of His people is also described in Deuteronomy (Heb. D’varim) 4:6 this way:
“Keep them and do them, for that will be your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’”
What we see here is that, once the future “True Israel” finally begins to walk in Yah’s instructions, they will be seen by all as “a wise and understanding people.”
And, foundational to the “instructions” of Yah, we find in the beginning chapters of the Torah in the book of Genesis (Heb: B’resheet), that it is revealed to us the original designs and intentions of the Creator when He brought forth the earth, humanity and all life into being. We find there that God distinctly establishes that His intention with humanity is that we will be both a guardian and a servant to the earth. In other words, we are shown that we should lovingly care for it, and all life upon it.
“Then YHWH God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to serve and guard it.” (Gen. 2:15)
A massive part of the problem down through the millennia is that there has been a lack of understanding concerning nature, and how all of the various systems work in harmony together. To properly guard and serve the earth, we first need to gain understanding concerning the original design of the Creator, and not seek to alter the design to suit our own preferences (which will ultimately lead to degradation and discord, as we have experienced upon this planetary home of ours). If we desire to be a part of the healing of the earth, we also need to be willing to seek to understand the design of the Creator in the world that He has made, and all of its intricacies.
Along these lines, one of the current movements in the world today that I particularly appreciate, in terms of it’s focus on designing harmonious ecological garden systems that align with the original design put into the natural world is the movement of “permaculture.” It’s a growing movement in our world today, because of its amazing potential for bringing life back to damaged soils around the world, and bringing forth gardens where there was once barrenness.
I certainly encourage all my readers to learn more about it, and by way of introduction, I’ve included the following video for your viewing and education. This is a fascinating video, and just a quick intro to what is possible in terms of growing food in a small space. Happy gleaning.
Shalom and Blessings,