When God created earth and mankind. He entrusted us with responsibility as Stewards of this earth. You see in Genesis that God established different kinds of workers right of the bat. Jabal who was father of those who dwell in tents and raise cattle, Jubal father of those play musical instruments, Tebulcain father of those who work with brass and metals. Cain was a tiller of the ground, and Abel raised sheep. We know from the Garden of Eden our stewardship has much more to do with Gods covenant then it does just working on earth.
Because Adam and Eve sinned they were no longer to dwell in the Garden of Eden where God dwelled with them. They sinned against Gods covenant. God created earth and his creation . God is Love. The earth was created to be a kind loving way . The way to establish anything on it was by faith in God and as his humble servant. His covenant is what establishes us as his children. We have to be born into the baptism of our savior to live as Gods children. Like a father entrusts his child with something we were entrusted the earth. . In modern times not many people probably should even have a right to work. The way to understand how to be a steward of this earth is by getting close to God. Its through Jesus christ that all things were created . The church is one with Jesus Christ . To be a good steward of this earth we have to by faith really believe in the Lord Jesus . I read in C.G. Jungs writings that he believed catholic priests were the closest to the earth. Contrary to most beliefs about priests because they believe in the mystical mysteries of the gospel unlike a fundamentalist. Why would C.G. believe this . Because Gods ways are mysterious and we cannot possibly know everything about being a human on earth.
We all have to train and learn skills to do our work. However skills are aquired by the evilest of people. In modern times our earth had been ruined and destroyed by those who never honored Gods covenant in their work or thier hearts. Many men and woman have held high offices over our rights to work and own property. Most of them have taken part in the destruction of forests , the plundering and destruction of our environment. We dont become Gods steward by just knowing what sin is like a Lawyer would do or magistrate. We become his steward from having faith in his loving kindness to teach us his ways.
The word says to do all things as unto the Lord. When I was 19 I started to study the bible alot more. While working in a ministry I worked at a thrift store all day. I would stand still and focus on the Lord asking God to guide me through the day. I would try and see if I could do only what God wanted me to do that whole day. Each day I would not take a step without focusing on Jesus and letting him guide me through each step. My steps become more to me my work became a way to seek the Lord each day. I took some time off and instead of working for an employer I would read many books and not even take a step on the sidewalk until I could completely focus on the Holy spirits guidance. I would relax my vocal chords when speaking or singing and only make sounds reverencing the Lord and seeking his spirit to teach me his way for me to speak and the words to speak. For fighting excersize I would bow to God first and excersize as onto the Lord almost as worship. I studied modern dance and would bow to God first before thinking out a modern dance routine. This would almost make worship out my dance. I read a book wrote by one of Solomon's sons Reheboam. The title was called" The spiritual dance of Reheboam" It was a fascinating book. Even though Reheboam had been such a hard headed jerk he had enough spirituality to understand the spiritual dance.
If you read books on fengshui and Tai chi you will learn there is teachings about there being more to skill and being a body then meets the eye. The Lord will teach us all his ways. Right now think of all the people who joined together in unions for their own work. Do they have a real covenant with our God or just with the union. Don't we need to seek first the kingdom of heaven not just assume our ways are right. Can law makers make a covenant with our Lord by writing a law? Can they bind God to any contract?. Then isnt God who makes our covenant and not Peter or Paul or the institute. Jesus Christ is the only way for us to have a covenant with Lord Most High. So its the work of the Lord Jesus Christ that we must believe is important as good stewards. However isnt the Lords work mysterious and for the furtherance of his gospel. The Lord Jesus Christ did more than there could be written enough books to fill the whole earth. So isnt possible that there is more to the Lord's work we must do. Isn't still a mystery even the way to be good stewards waiting on the Lord. We have to perservere in these times. Serving the Lord is the only way we can learn his ways.
Scientists , inventors , skilled artisans, artists, musicians, all these people have no covenant because of their work on earth . Does their work then make them a steward of the Lord. What is the closest occupation you can think of to earth? Farming right? Isnt the farmer the Lords anointed to work the earth. Most farmers in this country are God fearing people. Most have a faith in Jesus Christ.
In modern times we are dealing with the corporate farming methods of the industrialists and capitolists. Do you think it is Gods way to farm only for money? Isnt Gods covenant what farming is about and his dominion over earth and creation. Isnt it God who measures our success and provides for us by growing the seed the farmers plant?. these are scriptures about the tythe . The first scripture passage is the first tythe of Abraham to Melchezideck.
Abram Rescues Lot
1 At this time Amraphel king of Shinar, [a] Arioch king of Ellasar, Kedorlaomer king of Elam and Tidal king of Goiim 2 went to war against Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar). 3 All these latter kings joined forces in the Valley of Siddim (the Salt Sea [b] ). 4 For twelve years they had been subject to Kedorlaomer, but in the thirteenth year they rebelled.
5 In the fourteenth year, Kedorlaomer and the kings allied with him went out and defeated the Rephaites in Ashteroth Karnaim, the Zuzites in Ham, the Emites in Shaveh Kiriathaim 6 and the Horites in the hill country of Seir, as far as El Paran near the desert. 7 Then they turned back and went to En Mishpat (that is, Kadesh), and they conquered the whole territory of the Amalekites, as well as the Amorites who were living in Hazazon Tamar.
8 Then the king of Sodom, the king of Gomorrah, the king of Admah, the king of Zeboiim and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar) marched out and drew up their battle lines in the Valley of Siddim 9 against Kedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal king of Goiim, Amraphel king of Shinar and Arioch king of Ellasar—four kings against five. 10 Now the Valley of Siddim was full of tar pits, and when the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, some of the men fell into them and the rest fled to the hills. 11 The four kings seized all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah and all their food; then they went away. 12 They also carried off Abram's nephew Lot and his possessions, since he was living in Sodom.
13 One who had escaped came and reported this to Abram the Hebrew. Now Abram was living near the great trees of Mamre the Amorite, a brother [c] of Eshcol and Aner, all of whom were allied with Abram. 14 When Abram heard that his relative had been taken captive, he called out the 318 trained men born in his household and went in pursuit as far as Dan. 15 During the night Abram divided his men to attack them and he routed them, pursuing them as far as Hobah, north of Damascus. 16 He recovered all the goods and brought back his relative Lot and his possessions, together with the women and the other people.
17 After Abram returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and the kings allied with him, the king of Sodom came out to meet him in the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King's Valley).
18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem [d] brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, 19 and he blessed Abram, saying,
"Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
Creator [e] of heaven and earth.
20 And blessed be [f] God Most High,
who delivered your enemies into your hand."
Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.
21 The king of Sodom said to Abram, "Give me the people and keep the goods for yourself."
22 But Abram said to the king of Sodom, "I have raised my hand to the LORD, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth, and have taken an oath 23 that I will accept nothing belonging to you, not even a thread or the thong of a sandal, so that you will never be able to say, 'I made Abram rich.' 24 I will accept nothing but what my men have eaten and the share that belongs to the men who went with me—to Aner, Eshcol and Mamre. Let them have their share."
"I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an inheritance, for their service which they serve, even the service of the tabernacle of the congregation . . . the tithes of the children of Israel, which they offer as an heave offering unto YHVH, I have given to the Levites to inherit: therefore I have said unto them, among the children of Israel they shall have noinheritance"(Numbers 18:21,24).
"And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is YHVH's. It is holy unto YHVH. And if a man will redeem any of his tithes, he shall add unto it the fifth portion thereof. And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passes under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto YHVH" (Leviticus 27:30-32).
"Will a man rob Elohim? Yet you have robbed me. But you say, How have we robbed You? In tithes and offerings" (Malachi 3:8).
Who goes off to war any time at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard, and does not eat of its fruit? Who feeds a flock, and does not eat of the milk of the flock? Do I say these things from man's viewpoint, or does not the Torah say the same also? For it is written in the Torah of Moshe, 'You shall not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treads out the corn. ' Does G-d worry about oxen alone, or does He say it allfor our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that plows should plow in hope, and that he that threshes in hope should be partaker of his hope. If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your material things? If others be partakers of this power over you, shouldn 't we more so? . . . Do you not know that they who minister concerning holy things live of the things of the Temple, and they which wait at the altar are partakers of the altar? Even so, Yahveh has ordained that those who proclaim the good news should live from the good news" (1 Corinthians 9:7-14).
Genesis 4 (King James Version)
King James Version (KJV)
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1And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.
2And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
3And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.
4And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
5But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
6And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?
7If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
8And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
9And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?
10And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground.
11And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand;
12When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.
13And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.
14Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.
15And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.
16And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.
17And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.
18And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech.
19And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.
20And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle.
21And his brother's name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.
22And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah.
23And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt.
24If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.
25And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.
26And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.
In modern modern times we have alot of church divisions. Our stewardship to the Lord involves paying our tythe. However arnt there many other needs to being a steward of this earth? We have to humble ourselves and understand our faith in the Lord is much greater than is taught by the institute so our tythe to it is not what shows our faith . However it is a discipline and love offering we give freely. I have heard the saying Robbing Paul to give to Peter or Peter to give to Paul. Who is Peter ? Who is Paul? do we have a covenant to with Peter or Paul. Are they any greater than any of the other apostles. Isnt God who we tythe to not Peter.