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Scriptural Roots

We shall be diligent to know the state of our flocks and look well to our herds [Proverbs 27:23]. It is written that blessed are those who sow beside all waters and send forth freely the feet of their oxen and donkeys [Isaiah 32:20], because the righteous care for the needs of their animals [Proverbs 12:10] and open their mouths for the speechless [Proverbs 31:8].

The land belongs to our maker [Leviticus 25:23; Psalm 24:1], but its responsibility is ours [Psalm 8:6; Psalm 115:16Genesis 1:28], and this responsibility outranks even that to our own house [Proverbs 24:27]. It is our duty to serve and protect [Genesis 2:15] this gift from the one who lays the beams of his chambers in the waters, who makes the clouds his chariot, and who walks upon the wings of the wind [Psalm 104:3]; who causes the grass to grow for the cattle, and herbage for the service of man that we may bring forth food out of the earth [Psalm 104:14].

Trouble may come when we fail in this duty [Ezekiel 36:5; Jeremiah 3:7; Isaiah 14:20; Revelation 11:18], but the land will not forever be consolidated into larger and larger estates [Isaiah 5:8]; it will eventually be stewarded with humility and care: Weapons of war will be replaced with farming tools [Micah 4:3]; and the wilderness will one day become a fruitful field, and the fruitful field will be counted for a forest [Isaiah 32:15].


Behold, I have given you every green plant bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth,

And every tree, in which is fruit yielding seed; to you it shall be for food.
Genesis 1:29