The Earth is the Lord’s
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Intro: Will God destroy the earth someday? Will He turn it into smoldering ash and remove it’s place from the universe? That would be a shame, don’t you think? Will there come a day when God will determine that His earth and all His handiwork will have outlived its usefulness? If so, we are going to have to revise a lot of scriptures.
Ben gave me a screen saver for my computer. It is a series of
beautiful natural vistas of the earth. People of all ages have been awed
and inspired by the beauty and wonder of God’s creation. We see the
earth depicted in paintings and replicated on calendars and almost everywhere.
We have an added advantage today in appreciating it’s global beauty; pictures
from outer space where it spins as a jewel in the universe, just
sort of hanging there as Job writes,
He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.
Yet, is there anything in the bible that might lead us to believe that God will one day destroy it?
I. “Earth . . . shall be burned up”
E. Application of 2Pet. 3
II. “New heavens and a new earth”
|III. The Earth in God’s Future
A. God created the earth for a purpose
1. Not in “vain” (“waste, desolation, worthless”)- Strongs
2. Rsn “to be inhabited”. (by roaches?)
B. Earth has a solid future.
1. Psalm 104:5
He set the earth on its foundations;
it can never be moved.
C. The eternal Inheritance of God’s people
As you can see, those few passages which may seem to predict that God will destroy the earth, when examined a little more closely, show that in these passages the earth is representative of the peoples of the earth, specifically the wicked. Such an interpretation brings these passages into harmony with the wider scriptural context. A context which tells that God has promised His people the entire earth as an eternal inheritance . It is the dominion of the coming Kingdom of God.