The First talk from Adventure Unlimited At Abernethy 2009
A History Of How We Got Here Today
I would like to do a wee history of how we got here today.
So how many folk came by train
How many by car
How many folk walked
And then where did we sleep last night
Hands up who slept in Scotland
Hands up who slept in England
Hands up who slept in another country
And then before that
We had a whole lot of stuff.
But if we keep going back and back and back
It started with something like this.
Light a match…
The Bible says, in the beginning was God.
So everything started with God.
But the beginning was a time when there was something that wasn’t God
And that was this….
A tiny bit of light.
Things we need
- Fire eating stuff
- Water and step ladder
- Head torches
- Ducks and fish
And then the tiny bit of light got a bit bigger.
Hand over to Paddy to eat fire…
And after the light, there was the water,
And with the water what happened, was that the top stuff got separated from the bottom stuff.
Step ladder with water and watering can
And then there were the earth, which got created with the nice flowers.
And then were the lights in the sky
People with head torches.
And then there were the birds and the fish
Shadow puppet birds and fish
And then there were animals
Including the creepy crawly things
Get some spiders and insects in a few jars.
And that is what God did in creation.
But of course there was something missing.
There was man, and woman. Created in the image of God.
And to God there were given three kinds of instructions.
Could have these in golden envelopes
1. Multiply and be fruitful
2. Fill The earth
So just three instructions
There would be a couple more in a few moments
And don’t eat the forbidden fruit.
That was it.
Five instructions, and the rest was kind of freedom.
We could be trusted to get on with things.
Some of the simplest gadgets have huge instruction manuals, but here God is trusting his people, just five things
Multiply and be fruitful
Fill the earth
Eat lots of fruit
Don’t eat the forbidden fruit.
Multiply and Be Fruitful
Multiply and be fruitful.
Now what’s that about.
One aspect of it is “Have lots of babies.”
That’s what multiply here means.
I was at university with one guy called William Campbell
His Dad was a very religious man, came from the island of Skye
And William’s Dad treated this passage very seriously indeed.
So that William, and I have been trying to find the correct number on the internet, but it was I think 18 brothers and sisters.
It seemed that every time William’s Dad read this verse
William got another brother and sister to play with.
But being fruitful is about more than having babies.
It’s about doing things that count.
You know the amount of time we waste on stuff that doesn’t count.
Think of the amount of time we waste on the TV
Do you ever switch off the TV and think, that was a great evening of TV watching
Know, you think, what waste of time that was.
Same with computer games
Multi-player games are a bit different, because you can enjoy being with your mates
But single player games, as soon as you get to the high score table, how long does that feeling last, maybe about 10 minutes top
No, God wants us to do things that count, that last, that make a difference
And we’re going to be saying a lot more about that during the week
Fill The Earth
The fill the earth command that is interesting.
Why did God want us to fill the earth.
There is going to be a story on Monday night, when people don’t fill the earth, they stay in one place
But God says to the people, no I want you to fill the earth
To spread out, to get round and see the place.
God doesn’t say that about the planet mars with it’s acres of red dust, not does he say it about Jupiter with the funny clouds
But he wants the earth to be seen.
I am only guessing here, but I think this has something about God wanting us to enjoy the place
To see what he has created.
So that we look at places and just go “Wow”, nice job God.
Places like here:
- Tower islands in China
- Trango towers in Patagonia
- Cliffs at Arbroath
So much of the world is good,
And we are going to see a bit more if this week.
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What we are going to do this week, as a sign of our instruction to fill the earth, to spread out over the earth
Is we are going to take the chair all over this place
We are going to pretend it is our backyard, and enjoy the view
And on Thursday night we are going to see the pictures.
So that is the second instruction.
The third instruction is to “Subdue the earth, or have dominion over it.”
In fact have a look at the wording, because this is an interesting one.
“Fill the earth and subdue it
And have dominion over the fish of the sea
And over the birds of the air
And over every living thing that moves over the face of the earth.”
And you think that might be about food
So the man is to eat the fish of the sea
And to eat the birds of the air
And to enjoy chomping over every living thing on the face of the earth
So it’s a kind of early Biblical justification for the Bush Tucker challenge on I’m a Celebrity get me out of here.
Except that’s not right
Because look at the next verse
“See I have given you every plant yielding seed and every tree with fruit
And you shall eat them for food.”
It’s the plants for eating
This is the Bible before everything goes wrong
You notice that that there is no killing of animals
And that there are not poisonous plants
So if the subduing and dominion isn’t for eating the fish and the birds
Maybe it’s about just telling them what to do.
You know that you spend Monday morning telling the geese where they can fly
And you spend the afternoon telling the sharks that you would like them to do some fancy jumps like the dolphins
And you go up to the fish and you say “Over there, swim over there,”
And you would teach them to do tricks.
No, the subduing and the dominion I think is about making the earth better, and looking after the earth in the way that God looks after it.
And just tending it.
Let me tell you a wee story
It comes from South Africa
The story is of a farmer in his field one day
His field of plants – tomatoes, and oranges and grapes
And plants in the ground, like Pineapple and melons
And potatoes and tapioca
And flowers like sunflowers, these great golden sunflowers
And he is admiring the field, on the fence
And a traveller comes along, and traveller says to the farmer
He’s a very spiritual traveller, very holy man
And he sees the beautiful plants with the grapes and oranges and satsumas and pineapples
“What a wonderful field it is that you and God have created together”
And the farmer takes a sook on his pipe
And he says
“You should have seen what it was like when God had it to himself.”
What that’s not about is that God is no good at gardening
What it is about is that somehow God wants to partner us on this great planet
That God wants to make the world better
God wants to look after the world
And we are the ones that are asked to help
In fact, he’s not going to do it without us
It’s your job to make this world better
To look after it
And the people that live here
To go places so that lonely people are befriended
And poor people can see a way to looking after themselves
It’s to look after the planet so that it stops heating up
And to care for our neighbourhoods so that there is less crime
I am always inspired by people from Adventure Holidays who do just that
This is my friend Sheona, and she works in Primary Schools in Glasgow, this is school she was in, and through her being head teacher the staff were turned around and people started to get much better results
This is Jackie who does dental work in Peru
And this is Morven who turned a farmhouse in Brazil into a an outdoor centre where people from the poorest backgrounds have a weekend away, a holiday like the one that you are about to have this week.
*** Find out when people made the world a better place…