The Real First Three Laws of Human Relationships, Part 3

This post is about the third, and final of the first 3 commandments given to mankind by the Father, Son and Spirit.

You can read about the first of these three commands in part 1 of this series and the second command in part 2. In this brief written series I have tried to give you a fresh perspective of commandments we have tended to overlook in our enthusiasm to live and promote the Ten Commandments!

In knowing Who Jesus is, we are actually being instructed to take these 1st few commands even more seriously than the Ten handed down through Moses! After all, Jesus fulfilled those and IS the law of the New Covenant! Let’s continue to emphasize the most important relationship – the Relationship of the Father, Son and Spirit – and understand better Who Jesus is and who we are in Him!!

The third command the Triune God gives us in Genesis 1:26-28 is to RELAX and it’s found in verse 28:

God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and 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 upon the earth.” ~ Genesis 1:28, NRSV

Did you notice that the third command out of God’s mouth was NOT “Ignore and make fun of people trying to save whales”, “Don’t ever skip church services for a fishing trip”, or “Work and never, ever, take a vacation – cause you’ll have an eternity in heaven to rest!” Aren’t those some of the leisure activities many of us have desired to participate in but were pressured out of in the name of religion, religiosity, and sacrificing and working to please God?

We need to learn to take more seriously the fact that that EVERYTHING the Triune God made was made by Jesus, the Son of God, and IS SUSTAINED by Him (John 1:1-5, Acts 17:28, Col 1:15-17)!

Scriptures are a testimony to Jesus, the Word of God Himself, Who encourages us in the good care and feeding of animals – even on a church day (Proverbs 12:10, Matt 12:1-12)!!!

I know that it is kind of hard for us to conceive of animal care being a relaxing endeavor now because of sin having entered the world (unless we go to a zoo), but walking among animals is really supposed to be a relaxing thing, not a fearful burden (Isaiah 11:6-9, Romans 8:18-23)!!!

Maybe it is helpful to remember the definition of Relaxation, which is, “The act of relaxing or the state of being relaxed. Refreshment of body or mind; recreation: (played golf for relaxation.) A loosening or slackening.”

To be frank, we live in a world where people, including MANY religious people, do not yet embrace the truth of Jesus’ connection with all of humanity and all of creation! This unbelief has a very negative impact on creation! When you do not believe that the animals are included, or that certain other people aren’t included in God’s life, then you give all kinds of permission for evil to happen to them! In essence you are saying that it doesn’t matter what happens to them (good or bad!) because eventually God is just going to get rid of them anyway or send them to hell! That is most certainly NOT the Gospel of Jesus Christ!!!

Jesus’ Good News is that He sustains and cares for all creatures – human or otherwise!!(Luke 12:22-31, Matt 6:25-33, Heb 1:14)!

In this Christ context, it is important for us to help animals relax when they are burdened also (assisting beached whales, helping seals and birds escape in oil spills, etc.!) And how in the world could a congregational fishing trip during worship service time not be church when the people ARE the Church, the Community who embraces the Triune God?!

Most of us have tasted the negative experience and truth in the saying, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy!” C’mon! What fun is there in life when we aren’t having any fun?! J Please take seriously that your desire for relaxation and play is because of your union with the Triune God in Jesus Christ! The Father, Son and Spirit enjoy the most relaxing and refreshing relationship in all of creation, and He shares that relationship with us in Jesus! That is the relaxation we REALLY want to experience and why we want to experience it, isn’t it?!

Can you guess the 4th commandment?! It is simply to obey all three commands as one!!

You don’t have to obey one command at the expense of the other three, because these three were REALLY given as one command in 3 distinct parts in one sentence!! Now that’s Trinitarian thinking!!

(If those are a few commandments you are interested in taking more seriously RIGHT NOW in Jesus, we are on the same page, because I am a wholehearted “legalist” on these Good News terms! Ha-Ha!!!)

~ Timothy Brassell

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