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Friends in Christ Weekly Message
June 18, 2011

     I have provided all kinds of fruit and grain for you to eat. And I have given the green plants as food for everything else that breathes. These will be food for animals, both wild and tame, and for birds.
Genesis 1:29-30 (CEV*)

This is back in the creation story, before any stories of what humans actually do. Thus it appears to represent God's original intent. It is markedly different from the food chain we have known throughout recorded history.

Later comes the story of humanity's first sin. It is only after that we see the introduction of the food chain we know.

When we get to the prophets, we find a vision of how it will someday be in Isaiah's peaceable kingdom prophecy (Isaiah 11:1-9). It seems to echo God's reported original intent back in Genesis 1.

Sometimes we seem to get a dramatic glimpse of this way told in Genesis and Isaiah. Little Tyke was a lioness who, much to the surprise of her caretakers, refused to have anything to do with meat, although we know felines to be carnivores, and was gentle and loving with all other animals.

What do you make of this story of God's original intent and of Isaiah's peaceable kingdom prophecy? What role should it have in informing the way you live?

Bill Samuel

* Contemporary English Version ©1995 American Bible Society.

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