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FEED MY SHEEP Chapter 4, Feed My Sheep


Written by: Unknown    Posted on: 05/07/2003

Category: Bible Studies

Source: CCN

                            CHAPTER 4

                          FEED MY SHEEP

    In  this volume  we have  explored many  avenues of truth.  We have begun  with creation and have  concluded with the Christian's task  today.  We  discovered that  the believer,  God's man, has a glorious mandate and  opportunity of bringing  the Gospel to  this sin cursed world.  Christ, the last Adam,  has provided redemption for  this  cosmos.  The  good  news of this tremendous historical event is to  be shared with all  men.  Thus, each is  provided the opportunity to forsake his sin and to enter the kingdom of God.

    One  might  wonder  if  there  is  other  information in these opening  chapters of Genesis that might  lead us to the believer's mandate or task today.  Surprisingly, there is, as we shall see.

    Let  us  turn  back  to  Genesis  3:23.  There we read of the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the garden following their terrible defeat by the hand of Satan.  We read:

    ...therefore, the Lord God sent him forth from  the garden of     Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken.

    In this passage we want to focus our  attention upon the word "till" which in Hebrew is abad.  As we reflect on the Bible's use of this word we shall discover very significant truth for man today.

    The word "till" was first  used in the garden before  the fall of man into sin.  In Gensis 2:15 we read:

    The Lord God took the man  and put him in the garden  of Eden     to till it and keep it.

    Adam and Eve,  in their perfect pristine  relationship to God and the  cosmos, were  told to  "till" or  "dress" the garden.  It would appear as "till" is  used in this context that they  were to cultivate it.  They  were to care  for it and  maintain that which was already good.  In this  way the ground would supply  the needs of man.

    In Genesis 3:23 we are told man was driven from the garden and told to "till" (abad) the ground from which he was taken.  At this point in history the implication of this command should have  been identical  to that of  Genesis 2:15, except  that the "tilling" of the ground  was to be far more difficult and unrewarding.  Whereas in  the  garden  there  was  perfect  harmony  between man and the ground,  so  that  the  ground  as  a subordinate to man responded willingly and loyally to man's  care, sin brought rebellion in the ground.  Man  must now work by  the sweat of his  face (Gen. 3:19) and  thorns  and  thistles  would  come  forth as a reward for his efforts (Gen. 3:18).  Whereas  in the garden "tilling"  the garden was a joyful, God- glorifying activity, after the fall it became  a painful difficult pursuit in which he must engage if he was to eat and have shelter.

    In  its Biblical  use in  the first  three chapters of Genesis there  is  no  suggestion  or  intimation  that "tilling the soil" should  in any  sense make  a man  a servant  of the soil.  In the garden  he  clearly  was  lord  over  the ground and all creation.  After the fall man was  no longer lord of creation, and the ground had become an  adversary.  But he had not  become a subordinate of the ground.  Even  as man was cursed,  so was the ground.  If man alone were cursed and not  the ground, a very difficult  situation would  have  developed.  In  a  real  sense the ground would have become superior  to man, for it would  have continued in a perfect relationship to  God the Creator,  while man had  become estranged from God, as a slave of  Satan.  Thus by cursing the ground  (Gen. 3:17)  God assured that the  creation order was continued.  Before the  fall  this  creation  order  was  a  glorious  thing with man reigning  as  king  (dominion),  as  God's vice gerund.  There was perfect  obedience  and  loyalty  of  subordinates to those above.  After  the fall the creation order continued, but man had lost his kingship and  Satan had become his master and prince of the world.  Because  the  creatures  of  the  world continued in a subordinate relationship to  man, he  was to  use them  for food and clothing.  But his kingship over them had ceased.  They had become rebellious toward  man and would  destroy man if  possible.  To safeguard man and to  maintain the proper  creation order, God  put the fear and dread  of man within the animals  and actually had to deliver them into  his hand  (Gen. 9:2).  This phrase,  "deliver them into his hand," is an  evidence of the total loss  of dominion sustained by man by the  fall.  The situation required  special intervention by God to maintain any semblance of order in the sin-cursed world.

    Similarly, the ground  which was to  supply the needs  of man, also,  continued as a  subordinate of man.  But man was no longer king  over  it.  This  loss  of  kingship  was  manifested by the rebellion and resistance of the ground to man's efforts.

    We have introduced  into this discussion the  phrase "creation order."  Let us look a bit at this term.  By this we mean that the Creator  in His wisdom created  various levels of existance, which we will call "creation orders."  The rocks and inanimate parts  of creation  would probably  be classed  as the  very lowest order in that there is no life of any  kind in them.  They are used by  all higher levels of  creation to accomplish the desires of the higher levels of creation.

    Broadly speaking  the next  higher level  would be  plants and vegetaion.  They are a living part of  creation.  They are used by the higher "creation orders" for food.  They utilize the inanimate creation which is a lower order to provide environment in which to exist.

    The next major creation order on an ascending level is that of animals.  They are  higher than the  plants because they  have the Holy Spirit's "breath of  life" within them.  They use  the lowest order, the inanimate, as a habitat in which to live.  They use the plant order for food.  They  have no claim on the highest "order", man.

    Man,  the  highest  "creation  order",  is  such because he is created  in  the  image  of God.  He uses all the lower "creation orders"  to accomplish  the purpose  for which  he was  created as God's image bearer.

    It is important to  note however, that a higher creation order does not necessarily  exercise dominion or  kingship over a  lower one.  A plant does not rule  over a rock or over water.  An animal does not rule over plants.  And neither  does man necessarily rule over animals, plants, or rocks.  He uses them for his needs simply because he is of a higher "creation  order."  (It is true that God did  originally  give  man  dominion  or kingship over these lower orders, the cosmos itself. But as we have seen,  this dominion was taken away  because of his surrendering to  Satan.)  Thus, to till the ground in  its original intent could never  imply that man was to  regard  the  ground  or  the  animals  as  a higher order than himself.  He  would  never  "serve"  the  ground or "worship" the ground.  Rather he would care for it so that it would produce as a lower "creation order" those things necessary for animals and man.  He would also care for animals in order that they would produce on behalf of the  higher "creation order," which is  man.  But let us return to the word abad.

    A strange phenomena  becomes apparent in  the Bible.  When  we study this word "abad" we discover that it is used in a distinctly different  manner  in  most  instances  in  the Bible from that of Genesis  1 to 3.  We  have seen that the  creation order of things was that  of the ground being  subordinate to man or  of man being superior to  the ground.  Thus  man tilled (abad)  the ground with the  ground subordinate to him in every sense.  But lo and behold, "abad" normally means to "serve" when used in the Bible.  Some 214 times  it is translated "serve" in the K. J. V. of the Bible.  And this use of  abad to indicate "service" is  not that of serving an equal  or someone of  a lower order  in a helpful considerate way.  Instead it is used to  indicate the serving of a superior.  It is used to indicate service to God, for example:

    Exodus 3:12:  you shall serve (abad) God upon this mountain. 

    Exodus 10:7:  that they man serve (abad) the Lord their God. 

    Deut. 6:13:  you shall  fear the  Lord your  God; you  shall     serve (abad) him.

    Judges 2:7:  And  the people served  (abad) the Lord  all the     days of Joshua.

    It is used to indicate service  to false gods.  In fact it is even translated as worshipper.

    I  Sam. 12:10:  we have  forsaken the  Lord, and have served     (abad) the Baals.

    I Kings 16:31:  and served (abad) Baal, and worshipped him.

    II Kings 10:21:  and all the worshippers (abad) of Baal came.

    Now  this is a  startling development.  "Till"  (abad) in the first  three  chapters  of  Genesis  could  not  in any sense have related to an inferior serving or  worshipping a superior.  Rather the creation order was that of a superior caring for  an inferior.  Something had  happened in  man's reaction  to mandate  of Genesis 3:23 to till the ground.

    Romans  1:18-25 states  very clearly  what happened.  There we read "men...became vain in their reasonings...changed the glory of the incorruptible God for the likeness of an image  of corruptible man,  and  of  birds,  and  four-footed  beasts  and  creeping things,...and worshipped and  served the creature rather  than the Creator."  Tilling  the  ground  became  an  act  of  serving  or worshipping.  That  which  was  to  be  an  act  of  caring for a subordinate became an act  of worshipping a superior.  Man  of his own volition had reversed the creation order.

    When  did this  drastic reversal  take place?  The account of Genesis 4 gives us a clue.  We read that Cain was a "tiller of the ground" (Gen. 4:2).  This word "tiller" is the identical word abad which we are presently considering.  The  simple phrase "tiller of the ground" does not tell us whether to understand "tiller" in the sense of  Gensis 2 and 3 where man's  total desire was to care for the earth in  accordance with God's  command, or whether  there is any implication of serving  or worshipping.  But when we  read on, we begin  to sense that  there is the  implication of "serving" or "worshipping" in "tiller of the ground."  We read in Genesis 4:3-5 "that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord," but  the Lord had no respect or regard for Cain's offering.  In fact, Cain  was so decisively rebuffed that the Bible says Cain was  very  angry  (Gen.  4:5).  This  anger was so severe that he murdered  his  brother  Abel,  who  had  also sacrificed and whose sacrifice was acceptable to God.

    Why  had  God  rejected  Cain's  offering?  We don't know for certain, but we know that if Cain had been  faithfully obeying the mandate  to  care  for  the  ground;  had  maintained  a  proper relationship  to  the  ground  with  the  ground  in  a completely subordinate relationship to himself; and, if he now brought of the fruit  of the ground an offering to  the Lord as an effort to show his praise and adoration of  God, there is no Biblical  reason why his offering should  not have been  acceptable to God.  But if we recall the  ten commandments, we remember that  the first is, "You shall  have no  other gods  before me."(1)  If  Cain  had  already begun to look at the ground,  and the products to be derived  from it, as something of great value, as something  to be respected and honored, as something superior to man  himself, as something to be served, as something which he had  already subconsciously begun to worship,then he was already guilty of breaking this first command, as  well as the mandate  of Genesis 3:23 to  till, "care for," the ground.  That Cain  had lost his  respect for the  creation order, for the superiority of mankind, is shown by the fact that he could murder his  brother Abel in the premediatated  fashion in which he did.

    It  is easy  to see  how Cain  had fallen  into this  sin.  He quickly recognized  the hidden  treasures in  this wonderful earth that God  had created with all of  its potential to bring creature comforts  and  pleasures.  Soon  he  discovered  the  building possibilities  of products  of the  earth, so  he built  the first city.  It was his descendants  who discovered in the earth  copper and iron.  It was his  descendants who found  that products taken from the earth  could be fashioned  into musical instruments  that were pleasant to the  ear.  This earth was indeed marvelous in its possibliities and  Cain gave  it a  high rating.  He had begun to serve it as a superior.

    That  the  ground  and  its  products  were the root of Cain's problem is also suggested by the curse pronounced by God following Cain's  sin.  Genesis  4:12 states,  "When you till the ground, it shall no  longer yield to you  its strength."  It was  his love of the  ground  that  had  tempted  Cain  to  fall into grievous sin.  Hopefully, the ground would no longer be as tempting to him. 

    We see, thus, that  already with Cain man had begun to reverse the  creation  order.  The  ground,  the  lowest  echelon  in the creation  order,  had  been  raised  to  a position even above man himself.  In the products of the ground he hoped to find his  joy, security, and hope.  He must indeed explore the ground with utmost diligence  and dispatch.  This gave  him tremendous motivation to explore  the  earth  to  discover  its  secrets-- its  wonderful potential.

Abel Keeps Sheep

    When we turn to Abel  we see quite a different  situation.  We read that he was a "keeper" of sheep.  The word "keeper" or (raah) is  translated "to feed"  or "shepherd" or  "pastor" in the Bible.  He was  a feeder of  sheep, a shepherd  who cared for  them.  As a shepherd  he  was  following  in  careful obedience the command of Genesis 3:23 to "till the ground."  There is no indication that in his  shepherding of  sheep he  was serving  the sheep  as a higher order than  man, or that he was  worshipping animals in any sense.  Rather  he cared for  them, viewing them  as a subordinate part of creation.  As a shepherd, he must of necessity have also cared for the ground, for  in this way he would provide  feed for the sheep.  He was truly obeying  the command to "till the ground."  But in no sense  had he  begun to  look at  the ground  and the animals as a superior to  man himself.  He realized  that God  only was  to be worshipped.  His sacrifice of a lamb, the finest of the lambs- -the firstling, their fat portions--indicated  his high regard for God.  He brought of  the very highest order of that  which was under his care, an animal; and he brought the very best of  these animals to God  as  a  sacrifice.  That  his  relationship  to  God, and His mandates, was wholesome is  clearly demonstrated by the  fact that God had  regard for Abel and his offering (Gen. 4:4).  In bringing this sacrifice he probably unwittingly had begun to anticipate the sacrifice of the one who would atone for his sins.

Cain--A Type Of Modern Man

    In  Cain  and  Abel  we  can  see  modern man.  We can see his problem and we can see what ought to be.  Modern man, the slave of Satan, has  reversed the  creation order.  He has  discovered the virtually infinite  number of products  that can be  produced from this  creation.  He  has  found  that  through  technology he can produce  goods and  services undreamed  of by  former generations.  Science,  technology,  business  education  are  all  focussed  to produce a better world based on mans' ingenuity, as he wrests from the earth,  from the  atom, from  the universe,  its secrets.  He believes that  from this earth  he can reconstruct  the history of the  earth  and  man.  He  believes  that  somehow by making more leisure  time  available,  or  more  education,  or  more creature comforts, he can solve the  moral problems of the world.  He even speaks  of the :Bible" of nature,  putting the natural record on a level with the Word of God.(2)

Ecology:  A Desperate Question

    He is deeply interested in the question of  ecology.  Ecoloyg, the biological relationship  of organisms to their environment, is increasingly in the  forefront of his thinking.  Is  this merely a fad that will eventually go  the way of the hula hoops?  Or is it simply  a  diversion  created  to  take  our  minds away from more traumatic subjects, such as, the threat of nuclear war?

    A  bit  of  reflection  will  show  that  this is a subject of gravest concern to man.  As we have seen from time immemorial, man has  derived  his  happiness,  his  security  and his hope for the future from the  earth and its products.  From it he receives such vital  necessities  as  food,  shelter,  recreation,  musical instruments, and medicines. 

    Hopefully, since man had lived on this  earth for a million or more years (so he believes), this earth should sustain man for the next million years.  But to his utmost dismay and consternation he is discovering that  maybe mother earth isn't as  dependable as he thought.  Species of wild  life are facing extinction,  rivers are getting polluted, the air is getting loaded with impurities  which won't  go  away.  Even  the  oceans,  which to former generations seemed  so  limitless,  are  no  longer  trustworthy  as they  for example, produce tuna and swordfish tainted with mercury.  Mother earth, which man has worshipped  since the days of Cain, isn't the boundless bountiful god man has subconsciously thought it was.

    In man's judgment, one of the most grievous sins would well be this  desecration, this  polluting of  the earth's  atmosphere and biosphere.  Thus, we can  well expect that the subject  of ecology which deals with  conservation and pollution is  not an incidental subject.  It  could well  become a  most important  object of  new laws,  research  grants,  and  general  conversation in the coming years.  And with each new discovery of pollution, the agitation of man  will  increase  until  it  could  easily  reach  hysterical proportions.  Such is the concern of natural man to the subject of ecology.

    How does the believer relate to this grave subject?  The Bible gives us a forthsight answer.  Did you know, God  predicted in His Word  that the  earth would  reach a  condition  when  it would no longer be the limitless source of  blessing and comfort it appears to  have been for thousands of years?  In Hebrews 1:10,11 we read, "Thou,  Lord,  didst  found  the  earth  in  the beginning and the heavens  are the  work of  thy hands;  they will  perish, but thou remainst; they will grow old like a garment."

    The phenomenon we are experiencing in our generation as we see the  earth becoming increasingly polluted surely appears to be the fulfillment  of  this  prophecy.  This  is especially true in the light of all  of the other signs which suggest the early return of our Lord.  In other  words, God is telling man that  this earth is to grow old.  It will increasingly deteriorate.  It will gradually serve  man  with  less  efficiency  and  brightness than it did in earlier years.  Like a garment it will wear out (Ps. 102:26).

    This earth, after  all, is not a god to  be served, to provide security and hope for  man.  It is under the curse  of sin and has been subjected to  futility by God himself (Rom.  8:20).  It, too, will experience the victory of the atonement when it becomes a new earth.  This, of course,  is to be  realized after this earth has been destroyed by fire at Christ's coming (II Pet. 3).

    The Christian, then, is not to view the  rapidly advancing old age of the earth with alarm.  While he doesn't waste its resources or unnecessarily pollute it, he realizes this sin-cursed earth  is not the earth he is promised as an inheritance.  That promise will be fulfilled  when God has brought into  being the new heavens and new earth where righteousness dwells.

    He  knows that  the sin  of man  is not  the pollution  of the earth, but the rejection of God.  This is so clearly set forth  in Romans  1:18-32.  Romans  1:25  records "they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshipped and served the  creature rather than the Creator."

    The believer is aware that natural man will recruit the finest scientists and spare no expense to arrest pollution.  For the life of the god he serves is at stake.  If his god perishes so will he.  How right he is!  He will indeed be  destroyed from this earth and spend eternity in Hell.

    The believer, therefore,  saves his energies, his  effort, and his concern not to save this earth which is twice doomed (it  will wear  out, it  will be  destroyed) but  to save mankind from God's wrath.  This  is  the  problem  that  is  of critical and eternal importance to man.

    Natural man (almost  3 1/2 billion strong) can  and will offer abundant answers  to questions related to ecology.  The believer's contribution  at  very  best  can  only  be quite incidental.  His numbers,  as  compared  with  the  billions of unbelievers, are so small.  His motivation toward this question can never approach the dedication and intensity  of that of the unbeliever,  who looks to this earth for his security and hope.

    But  the  wrath  of  God  is  another  question.  This certain catastrophe of  God's judgment  is infinitely  more important than any aspect  of ecology.  And only the believers, that tiny band of citizens  of  Christ's  kingdom,  have  an  answer  for this dread problem.  It is the wonderful answer of salvation in Christ Jesus.  This is why he is called  an ambassador of Christ (II Cor.  5:20), the  fragrance of  Christ (II  Cor. 2:15).  This is why the Bible says, "you are  a chosen race, a royal  priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people, that you may declare the  wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous  light" (I Peter 2:9).  He doesn't dare get sidetracked into any lesser issues when he has such a tremendously important mandate and privilege.

Population Control

    One  aspect  of  the  ecological  question that natural man is troubled  about  is  that  of  population  control.  Because he is frightened  concerning  the  future  of  this  earth he feels that mankind  must  be  limited  in  his  growth.  Therefore, today the subject of population control is  openly discussed and welcomed to a greater or lesser degree by people in every  walk of life.  Even many Christian  theologians have  put their  stamp of  approval on birth  control.  Thus  far  such  extreme  measures of population control, as abortion,  have escaped general  theological approval.  Unfortunately,  once  a  pill  is  perfected which will permit the aborting of early pregnancies, we can even expect some theological approval for this act.

    It  is  rather  easy  to  see  unsaved  man's  acceptance  and promotion of  these concepts.  He is  deeply concerned  with this earth  and its ability to provide everything that is desirable for man.  Because he has no regard for God or His providential care of the universe, he  is convinced that he alone is  the master of his fate, the  captain of his soul.  He is, therefore, even willing to commit  mass  murder  (abortion)  to  realize what he believes are legitimate goals.

    He argues  that the earth is  rapidly becoming over-populated.  While one can see the reason for the fright that is producing this idea, the error of this concept can be shown very easily by a very simple computation.

    The state of Texas contains 263,513 square miles of land area.  This is equal to 7,300 billion square feet.  The population of the world  is  approximately  3.5  billion.  If  this  population was divided  into  families  averaging  four  people (parents plus two children),  there would  be about  875 million  families.  If each family was given a plot of ground 6,000 square feet in area, which is the size of many of our suburban lots, a total of 5,250 million square feet would be required.  Since the state  of Texas contains 2,050  billion  square  feet  more  that  this,  there  would  be sufficient area  in this  one state  for all  the families  of the earth today, with land the size of the state of Iowa left over for streets and  parks.  The rest of North  America, Central and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia would be available for factories, food  production and  recreation.  Truly  man has  only begun  to fill the  earth.  Those who  advocate population control really do make completely unrealistic claims.

    The Christian, on the other hand, realizes that  the Bible has something  to say about this  question of population control. God told Adam to "be  fruitful  and  multiply,  and  fill  the earth..."(Gen. 1:28).  This command was repeated to Noah after all mankind was destroyed by the flood of his  day (Gen. 9:1).  And it has  never been  abrogated.  It  is still  a command  that must be obeyed if we wish to  be pleasing to God.  For it is a part of the Word  of God  and, thus,  it becomes  one of  the rules  for God's people to follow.

    God does  not give this  command in a  vacuum, that is without supporting  promises.  His  promises  of  blessings for those who trust  and  obey  Him  are  legion.  Isn't  it a fact that God is perfectly true and faithful to all of these promises?

    Even  unsaved man  experiences the  hand of  God in caring for him.  God  loves this earth  and does not  abandon it just because man gets more plentiful.  "The eyes of all look  to thee, and thou givest them  their food  in due  season.  Thou  openest thy  hand, thou satisfieth the desire of every living thing (Ps. 145:15,16).

    Moreover,  God  specifically  indicates  that  children  are a blessing of  God.  Psalms 127:3  records, "sons are  a heritage of the Lord."  Psalms 128:3 and 4 declares, "your wife will be like a fruitful vine  within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your  table.  Lo, thus shall the  man be blessed who fears the Lord."

    We thus  find irrefutable  consistency in  the Word concerning the question of children.

    That  God  is  true  to  His  promises  to supply the needs of mankind is seen today.  While  only a few years ago millions faced the  specter  of  starvation,  today  the  situation  is  repidly changing.  Thanks to the development and introduction of  rice and wheat strains with far greater yields, many of the poorest nations of  the  world  are  now  experiencing  surpluses.  Only by God's sovereign  mercy  are  the  minds  of  men  enlightened,  so these agricultural  advances  can  be  made  at this critical time.  One wonders  what tremendous  food resources  would be available under God's blessing  if man would give as much attention to solving the problems  of  food  distribution,  and  the  overcoming  of  pagan prejudices  which waste food  resources (i.e., the  sacred cows of India) as he spends on population control. 

    For the believers a number of truths are worth suggesting:

    1.  The  rearing  of  children  is  not only an evidence and     source of  great blessing  from the  Lord, but  it is  also a     great opportunity to provide additional men and women who can     manifest  the  love  of  the  Savior  to  the  world.  How     desperately  they  are  needed.  Can  a  father  or  mother     experience a greater challenge than this?

    2.  The believer realizes that the maintenance of a standard     of  living on  a level  with his  neighbor, or of providing a     certain level of  education (by the world's standards) runs a     poor second to educating children  in the fear and nurture of     the  Lord.  (How  many  christian  parents still teach their     children  Bible)?  Seeking  the  kingdom  of  God  and  his     righteousness is the first priority of His life.

    3.  The believer recognizes that the intent of birth  control     devices  is to remove  any possibliity of  pregnancy.  Use of     such means  effectively removes  God from  the picture (under     God's permissive will these devices  are produced.  God often     allows the sinful activities of man to be successful.)

          The Christian knows that  the creation of life  is God's     province.  "When  thou  sendest  forth  thy  Spirit they are     created (Ps.  104:30).  "The spirit  of God has  made me"(Job     33:4).  No child  is ever conceived  without the activity  of     God.  One who serves  God, therefore, takes extra precautions     that he  and his children  will not be  "brain-washed" by the     thinking of the  world in these  areas of their  lives.  That     this is a serious  problem is readily seen by the feelings of     guilt already experienced by some believers when they  become     pregnant for the third or more times. 

    4.  God has  provided a  means by  which married love can be     enjoyed without certain pregnancy.  This is afforded by  the     fact  that usually conception  can take place  only one day a     month.  But  this  is  untrustworthy  as  a  means  of birth     control.  Abstinence during that period of time  may minimize     the  possibility of conception,  but it does  not prevent God     from  intervening  and  causing  conception  another  day.      Conception is  recognized as  a blessing  of God  even if the     world looks at it entirely differently.

    5.  The  believer has faith that if  men faithfully obey God,     even  if  such  obedience  would  result in a population many     times greater than that on the earth today, God  will provide     every necessary physical blessing.  He understands, moreover,     that  God  has  a  very  precise  timetable  for this earth's     existence.  Christ  will surely return long  before the earth     approaches a "standing room only" condition.

    It  is  surely  not  at  all  coincidental that today we find occurring simultaneously, the  desire for population  control, the easing  of  abortion  laws,  and  the  extreme  decline  in sexual morality.  These  sins surely appear  to be completely  related to each other and could well be in the forefront  of those which will bring God's judgments upon our nation and upon the world.

Man And Animals On The Same Level

    As another  evidence of man's reversal of the  creation order, unsaved man strips  man of his  place in the  creation order.  Not only does he not  recognize man as being completely unique in that he is created in  the image of God, but he would  place man on the same  level  with  animals.  He  states  this in his evolutionary theories  and he shows  it in his  concepts of population control, and his moral perversions.  He of course, has  little or no regard for God.  He is too busy worshipping the creature.

    God's man on the other hand, follows Abel as his pattern.  He cares for this creation but he never believes that the products of this  earth  will  solve  man's  problems.  He  knows  that these products  may make man a bit  more comfortable.  He knows that God as infinite Creator  has provided a fascinating  earth filled with potential.  But he never places the earth or  its products between himself  and  God.  Rather  he  realizes  that  he is to feed and protect its  creatures.  He is to be a  shepherd, a pastor to this earth.  He realizes  that this earth belongs to man but because of the sin which has come into the world he will not inherit it until the new heaven and new earth has become a reality.

Abel--A Type Of The Believer

    In God's revelation the shepherding of sheep is the  type that sets forth  God man's  task.  Abel,  the first  priest, is  such a type.  So was Abraham, who is called the father of all  believers.  And  so was Moses, the greatest of the Old Testament prophets.  He tended  sheep for  forty years  before God  gave him a similar but higher calling.  The nation of Israel, the type of the church, was dominantly  a nation  of shepherds, and so  was David,  who is the great kingly type of the Lord Jesus Himself.

    This brings us to our Savior.  He identifies with all of these Old  Testament types  by calling  himself the "good shepherd."  He brings to  God's man  a far  higher relationship  to creation than that seen in the Old Testament.  Moses was a forerunner.  He went from the sheepfolds to leading people, caring for them as the most important part of God's creation.  Jesus Christ, as man, performed in superlative fashion  the will of  God in caring  for this world and its creatures.  He gave his life that fellow humans might have life.  He never got the creation  order out of sequence.  Man was never to be  worshipped.  The animals and  inanimate creation were always to be subordinate to man.  And God was above all.

    Christ in  his teaching and in  his atonement  showed that the task of God's  man of the New Testament is not to be a shepherd of physical sheep,  as demonstrated by  the Old Testament  types, but God's man is  to be a shepherd of a  spiritual sheep, which is man himself.  And even as  the Old Testament shepherds cared for these sheep by using the products of this world to feed and  shelter his sheep, so the Christian uses the products of the world to care for the needs of his  fellow human.  He therefore should be an example of  mercy,  of  sharing,  of  concern.  He  is concerned about the physical needs of man even as Jesus was.  But the primary focus of his concern is not that  which will be supplied by  physical food, but  by spiritual  food.  Jesus  said, "I  am the bread of life."  Jesus told  Peter, "feed my sheep."  The  Christian, as a follower of  Christ, fulfills  the mandate  of God's  Word to their highest degree by supplying the Spiritual food--the Gospel.  He  feeds the sheep  of  Christ  with  the  good  news  of  salvation,  with the knowledge that Christ gave himself as a ransom for many.

    Abel sacrificed  to God  the best  of the  creatures, a  lamb.  This  was his spiritual worship.  The believer also sacrifices to God as  his spiritual worship, a lamb.  It is not a physical lamb. It is one  of Christ's lambs.  It is himself.  Paul puts the goal of the Christian very well:

    I appeal to you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God to     present  your  bodies  as  a  living  sacrifice,  holy  and     acceptable  to  God,  which  is  your spiritual worship (Rom.     12:1).

    Abel, himself, was a forerunner of this.  He was murdered for his pains.  The Christian is also to suffer, to endure  privation, persecution  and physical death  itself as he  offers himself as a sacrifice.

    The Christian realizes with  Abel, with Abraham, with  all the other Old  Testament types, that  the development of  the physical earth  only  brings  temptation,  only  brings  the possibility of shifting the focal point of his life from God to the creature.  He senses  the  truth  of  Christ's  statement  when he indicated the difficulty  of  the  rich  becoming  believers.  He, therefore, is content with his lot  in life.  The creature comforts and all that is involved in their production is not the Kingdom of God.  As he eats and drinks and earns a living, he glorifies God; but he knows these  are not  the vehicles  to be  used in  his pursuit of a far higher goal, that of feeding the sheep, that  of bringing men into the Kingdom.

The Wisdom Of The World Versus The Foolishness Of Preaching

    This truth that natural man has reversed the creation order is clearly demonstrated by Paul in  I Corinthians 1 and 2.  There we discover that Paul is setting up two viewpoints for consideration.  The  one  is  the  wisdom  of  the  world,  and  the  other is the foolishness of preaching.  What is the wisdom of the world?  It is surely unrelated to the  seeking of a Redeemer  or a desire to  be reconciled  with God.  It  must be that  which the philosopher and the scientist of the world might discover, as he  attempts to find an objective viewpoint of man's relationship to this world, and as he  attempts to discover  answers from this  world which will give hope  to man.  Romans 1  indicates he  became a worshipper of the creature.  His  problem  is,  therefore,  that  he has completely reversed the creation  order.  Therefore, the wisdom  of the world will be destroyed.  Obviously,  it will be destroyed,  for natural man's desire to  find his hope for security  and the more abundant life from the creation  rather than from God, is  a repudiation of God as  the only one  who is to  give man a  hope.  No wonder Paul emphasized on Mars Hill that "in Him we live and move and have our being." Natural man is, therefore, guilty of the grossest sin, not because he is exploring the atom, but because he is consciously or subconsciously  trusting  that  such  exploration  will give him a "hope."

    It appears  quite significant to me that  Paul's answer to the futility of the wisdom of the world is not an attempt on  his part to realign the thinking  of natural man, as he  philosophies about his  situation is the world, or as he attempts to find his hope in creation.  Rather, he comes right to  the core of the Christian's answer to man's need, and talks about the "word of the cross," "to preach the  gospel," "the  foolishness of  preaching," "we  preach Christ  crucified," and "for  I determined to  know  nothing among you, save  Jesus Christ and  him crucified."  He  surely indicates that  the wisdom  of God which the Christian is to proclaim, which is a  wisdom that had already been  determined before creation, is not the same kind in any sense that the world seeks but instead is an altogether different variety.  It is to "feed the  sheep," and the highest manifestation of this is in bringing the Gospel.

    It seens to  me that the  exploration of God's  creation which should have been a wonderful, God glorifying task  given to man as he followed out God's mandate to "till the ground,"  as he derived food and shelter from the  lower creation orders, and in  so doing as  he glorified  and worshipped  God and  his Lord,  has been set aside by  the results  of man's  sin.  The  fact that the creation came under a  curse, and that man  became a slave of  Satan as the prince  of  the  world,  has  changed  the  focal  point  of man's relationship to the world.  Thus, while natural man answers to the mandate  to  "till  the  ground"  by  serving  and worshipping the creation and  deriving his hope from it.  God's man fulfills this mandate by  being a  pastor or  shepherd to  the world.  This was first shown by Abel  and was powerfully reemphasized by  Paul in I Corinthians 1 and 2.

    Thus, the exploration of  the world (science, business,  etc.) is  actually  removed  from  the  picture  of  man's  prime responsibility.  The  exploration of  the world  in itself  is not sinful  but  because  of  sin  new  goals are established.  It has become sinful for natural  man because of his reason for doing so.  It has become unimportant for God's man because he has a task that is far more  important and necessary--that  of feeding the  sheep.  He  engages in  the exploration  of the  world only  as a means of livelihood--that  is,  he  derives  food  and shelter from it, but there is  nothing about this effort that should  be a goal for his life.  He does  these things to God's glory simply because he as a citizen  of  God's  kingdom  does  everything to God's glory.  But doing these things is not  the "kingdom."  The kingdom consists of "feeding the sheep."  This is his  goal.  In so doing, he uses the products  natural  man  has  produced  because  these  products in themselves are not sinful. And by using these products in his task of  "feeding the  sheep" he  has corrected  the creation order, so that  the lower "orders"  are used to  serve the higher.  By using these products,  he is showing  that all things  can ultimately be used to praise God (even the wrath of men shall praise God).

    Only in  the new heaven and earth from which sin and the curse of  sin  have  been  removed,  will  man  again reign over or have dominion  over the lower orders as  he originally did in Genesis 1 and 2.  There he can do so because all sin will have been removed, and because there  the victory of the cross  will be manifested in its fullest degree, as we will again see everything in subjection.

    In witnessing to the unbeliever in the realm of science and in bringing Christ's claim to the field of science, I think the Bible says this;

    l.  The  pursuit  of  science  by  natural  man  should have     resulted in the scientist recognizing God as creator  and his     need of a Redeemer.

    2.  Instead, he  believes that  in science  he will find his     hope.  He  has rejected  God.  He  has reversed  the creation     order.  He is under God's wrath even to a greater degree than     before.

    3.  Only by humbling  himself, acknowledging his bankruptcy,     recognizing that the creation is  to serve man and can  never     produce a  "hope" for  man, and  worshipping God  as his only     Savior and "hope" can he be extricated from his problem.

    4.  Once he  is saved he has  a new goal that  far transcends     that of being a scientist.  He may continue to be a scientist     because this employment provides for his physical needs.  But     his  new  goal  is  to  be  a  shepherd to the world, and the     highest manifestaion of  this is by bringing  the Gospel.  He     does this  by reigning over  his own body,  by witnessing, by     making  his  income  and  physical  possessions  available to     others who  witness, and strive to alleviate suffering in the     world, and by exercising his priestly office of intercession.

    5.  The pursuit of science thus is set aside as any kind of a     primary goal  for God's  man.  He  might pursue  a scientific     goal if in  so doing he will enhance his ability to bring the     Gospel.  He  might work  on communications,  for example,  in     order that  a better vehicle  might be provided  to bring the     Gospel.  He might  work in areas  of food production  to help     develop the amount of food available to feed the needy of the     world in  the name of Christ.  Normally, however, natural man     has so abundantly  progressed in these  areas that God's  man     can get on  with the primary task of bringing the Gospel.  He     can  pick  and  choose  those  products  produced by the vast     efforts  of  natural  man  which  will  most  efficiently and     effectively help him as he cares for the world. 

Man's Rebellion Against God Is Escalating

    In the light of this  discussion it is easy to  understand the unrest in  the world today.  The  world, including its inhabitants is rushing  pell-mell to its rendezvous with  Christ when He comes to end  this age.  Natural man, the slave  of Satan, will more and more attempt to  find in the creatures, in the inanimate world, in computers and  in the atom, his  hope for utopia.  And  so he will worship more and more the  creature and ever less the Creator.  He is becoming ready for judgment day.  For a long time man has  been worshipping the creature.  He has been looking to the pursuits of the scientist,  the educator and  the business man  to provide him with  the more  abundant life.  This has  failed and has left him frustrated, incomplete, fearful and  uneasy.  In his upsetting  of the creation order he has  placed man on a level with the animals.  But this has only added to  his frustration, for he knows deep  in his heart that man is more than an animal.

    He  now  has  two  alternates  from  which  to choose.  He can confess to  God or  he can  blame God.  He can  confess his total bankruptcy and his vital need of  a Savior, his desperate need for someone  who  can  extricate  him  from  this morass of misery and reconcile him with God.  Because  he is a slave of  Satan, because of the  pride of  his heart,  this alternative  is unacceptable to most  people.  He  thus  has  one  alternative left.  Whereas his conscious attitude toward God may have been rather neutral, now he begins  to  lash  out  at  God.  He  feels  that  somehow  God is responsible  for  man's  failures  and  miseries.  Cain took  this alternative  in the  face of  God's express  warning that "sin was couching at  his door" (Gen. 4:7).  Cain murdered his brother Abel as an overt act of rebellion against God.

    Modern  man  too,  as  never  before, is following this second alternative.  He  is  in  rebellion  against God, is striking out against  God.  He tries to  put God on trial  and show that He has failed.  This rebellion takes many forms but it is always directed consciously or subconsciously against God.  It may show itself  as rebellion against authority, child against parent, student against teacher,  teacher  against  administration,  citizen  against government.  It may be demonstrated by efforts to change the basic Biblical laws.  In this  category we find "situation ethics" where each law  is to  be tailored  to the  particular situation.  This rebellion may be evidenced by declarations  condemning God and His church.  "Christianity has failed," "God is dead," and "the church must bear its  responsibility for contributing to  the enslavement of men," are common themes.

    The degree of man's rebellion varies greatly.  It may begin as a  peaceful demonstration  to right  a wrong.  At this  point the Christian can  easily be blinded as to  the true state of affairs.  He  sees  some  truth,  perhaps  much  truth,  in the cause of the demonstrator.  He  is  conscious  of  the  cries  insisting  that Christianity  has  failed.  He  may  fail  to  realize  that this peaceful demonstration is reflecting  a rebellious attitude toward God,  that  it  is  but  the  beginning  of  more and more serious rebellion which will be  taken up by others and could  end up with anarchy.  He should realize that God's man must be the shepherd of this  world.  But  his  fellow  shepherds cannot  be leaders from Satan's  kingdom.  He  must realize  that as  a priest he has full access to God's throne room.  It is here he can bring the needs of the  sheep.  He,  as  God's  man,  realizes  that only by careful obedience  to  God's  commands  can  solutions  be  found.    He, therefore,  works  from  a  totally  different  set  of  rules, relationships,  and  motivations  than  others,  who  appear to be concerned about  the needs of this world.  He realizes that Satan goes about as an "angel of light" (II Cor. 11:14), with all of the insidious  deceitfulness  that  term  implies.  He, therefore, is extra careful to live close to God's Word so that he might not  be deceived.

    God's man,  the born-again Christian, sees  the whole reversal of the creation order that  man has perpetrated.  He realizes that he is here to  "care for" this world.  Because he is filled  with the Holy  Spirit, he wants to follow  Christ as Abel followed God.  He therefore, is  a shepherd as  Abel was.  With  the work on  the cross accomplished by  Christ, he realizes the  import of Christ's words to "feed my sheep."  He has corrected  the creation order by becoming available to  bring the cup  of cold water,  the mercy of

God, and especially the good news of the redemption of the world. 

    We, thus, see clearly that the Christian's marching orders are not in any sense to be those which indicate hs is to have dominion over this earth as he had  had in Eden.  This dominion is Christ's area  of  responsibility.  He  accomplished  it  on the cross and assures us  we will  see it  as an  accomplished fact  in the  new heaven  and  new  earth.  Instead  the foundational command would rightly be the phrase "till the ground."  But whereas natural  man of  his own volition has turned  this command into dust by serving and  worshipping  the  creature,  the  believer  recognizes  the "creation  order" of  things.  God's  man is  the only one who can objectively view every part of creation in a proper perspective.

    The Old  Testament believer  type followed  through with  this mandate  by becoming  a shepherd  of sheep.  He realized that the abiding  city  he  looked  forward  to  was  a heavenly city (Heb. 11:16).  As a shepherd of sheep he was also looking forward to the great task of the New Testament Christian.  Jesus said in  Matthew 28:

    "Go ye into all the world...making disciples..."

    A  disciple of Jesus  is a follower,  a student of  Him.  As a disciple he  is a steward  of all that  Christ has given  him.  He wants  to  use  his  possessions  and  time  as efficiently and as effectively as  possible for  caring especially  for the spiritual needs of the world.  He, therefore, gives generously of  his time and money to those ministries which advance the Gospel.  And  even after  death he may continue to  provide for Christ's work because of  a  carefully  prepared  will  or  by  means of other thoughful deferred giving programs which help to settle his estate as wisely as possible.  Jesus cared for the sheep to the point where He died for them.  He wants God's  man to feed the sheep, to  shepherd the sheep.  This is the glorious mandate  and opportunity God gives to us.

(Notes to numbered passages in Chapter 4)

l) The  ten commandments,  of course,  were declared  thousands of years later  than Cain.  The  sense of this  commandment, however, was surely  given to  Adam and  all men  since him.  This is  the thrust of Romans 2:15 where we read that God's laws are written on men's hearts.

2)  True, the heavens  declare the glory of God (Psalm 19:1); and "for what  can be known  about God--has been  clearly perceived in the things that  have been made (Rom. 1:19,20).  But this does not make  creation a Bible that is on  the same level with the Word of God, the Bible.

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Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 62195

keyword (Datasource=believersweb, Time=0ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT	keyword, word_id 	
		
FROM keyword_list
WHERE word_id =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 62195

keyword (Datasource=believersweb, Time=0ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT	keyword, word_id 	
		
FROM keyword_list
WHERE word_id =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 62195

keyword (Datasource=believersweb, Time=1ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT	keyword, word_id 	
		
FROM keyword_list
WHERE word_id =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 62195

keyword (Datasource=believersweb, Time=1ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT	keyword, word_id 	
		
FROM keyword_list
WHERE word_id =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 62195

getmatch (Datasource=believersweb, Time=1ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT docID, docName, docCategory, docDescription
FROM Documents
WHERE docID =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 183

catQ (Datasource=believersweb, Time=0ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT categoryName FROM Categories WHERE categoryID =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 7

getmatch (Datasource=believersweb, Time=2ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT docID, docName, docCategory, docDescription
FROM Documents
WHERE docID =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 184

catQ (Datasource=believersweb, Time=0ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT categoryName FROM Categories WHERE categoryID =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 7

getmatch (Datasource=believersweb, Time=1ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT docID, docName, docCategory, docDescription
FROM Documents
WHERE docID =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 187

catQ (Datasource=believersweb, Time=0ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT categoryName FROM Categories WHERE categoryID =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 7

getmatch (Datasource=believersweb, Time=1ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT docID, docName, docCategory, docDescription
FROM Documents
WHERE docID =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 193

catQ (Datasource=believersweb, Time=1ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT categoryName FROM Categories WHERE categoryID =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 7

getmatch (Datasource=believersweb, Time=1ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT docID, docName, docCategory, docDescription
FROM Documents
WHERE docID =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 222

catQ (Datasource=believersweb, Time=1ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT categoryName FROM Categories WHERE categoryID =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 8

getmatch (Datasource=believersweb, Time=1ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT docID, docName, docCategory, docDescription
FROM Documents
WHERE docID =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 224

catQ (Datasource=believersweb, Time=0ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT categoryName FROM Categories WHERE categoryID =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 8

getmatch (Datasource=believersweb, Time=2ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT docID, docName, docCategory, docDescription
FROM Documents
WHERE docID =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 225

catQ (Datasource=believersweb, Time=0ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT categoryName FROM Categories WHERE categoryID =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 8

getmatch (Datasource=believersweb, Time=1ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT docID, docName, docCategory, docDescription
FROM Documents
WHERE docID =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 272

catQ (Datasource=believersweb, Time=0ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT categoryName FROM Categories WHERE categoryID =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 17

getmatch (Datasource=believersweb, Time=1ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT docID, docName, docCategory, docDescription
FROM Documents
WHERE docID =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 417

catQ (Datasource=believersweb, Time=1ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT categoryName FROM Categories WHERE categoryID =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 5

getmatch (Datasource=believersweb, Time=1ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT docID, docName, docCategory, docDescription
FROM Documents
WHERE docID =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 418

catQ (Datasource=believersweb, Time=1ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT categoryName FROM Categories WHERE categoryID =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 5

getmatch (Datasource=believersweb, Time=1ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT docID, docName, docCategory, docDescription
FROM Documents
WHERE docID =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 486

catQ (Datasource=believersweb, Time=0ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT categoryName FROM Categories WHERE categoryID =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 7

getmatch (Datasource=believersweb, Time=1ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT docID, docName, docCategory, docDescription
FROM Documents
WHERE docID =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 487

catQ (Datasource=believersweb, Time=0ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT categoryName FROM Categories WHERE categoryID =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 7

getmatch (Datasource=believersweb, Time=2ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT docID, docName, docCategory, docDescription
FROM Documents
WHERE docID =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 748

catQ (Datasource=believersweb, Time=0ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT categoryName FROM Categories WHERE categoryID =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 1

getmatch (Datasource=believersweb, Time=1ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT docID, docName, docCategory, docDescription
FROM Documents
WHERE docID =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 818

catQ (Datasource=believersweb, Time=0ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT categoryName FROM Categories WHERE categoryID =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 8

getmatch (Datasource=believersweb, Time=1ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT docID, docName, docCategory, docDescription
FROM Documents
WHERE docID =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 827

catQ (Datasource=believersweb, Time=1ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT categoryName FROM Categories WHERE categoryID =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 1

getmatch (Datasource=believersweb, Time=1ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT docID, docName, docCategory, docDescription
FROM Documents
WHERE docID =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 828

catQ (Datasource=believersweb, Time=0ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT categoryName FROM Categories WHERE categoryID =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 1

getmatch (Datasource=believersweb, Time=1ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT docID, docName, docCategory, docDescription
FROM Documents
WHERE docID =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 829

catQ (Datasource=believersweb, Time=0ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT categoryName FROM Categories WHERE categoryID =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 1

getmatch (Datasource=believersweb, Time=2ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT docID, docName, docCategory, docDescription
FROM Documents
WHERE docID =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 841

catQ (Datasource=believersweb, Time=0ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT categoryName FROM Categories WHERE categoryID =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 7

getmatch (Datasource=believersweb, Time=1ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT docID, docName, docCategory, docDescription
FROM Documents
WHERE docID =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 887

catQ (Datasource=believersweb, Time=1ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT categoryName FROM Categories WHERE categoryID =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 5

getmatch (Datasource=believersweb, Time=1ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT docID, docName, docCategory, docDescription
FROM Documents
WHERE docID =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 895

catQ (Datasource=believersweb, Time=1ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT categoryName FROM Categories WHERE categoryID =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 1

getmatch (Datasource=believersweb, Time=1ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT docID, docName, docCategory, docDescription
FROM Documents
WHERE docID =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 979

catQ (Datasource=believersweb, Time=0ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT categoryName FROM Categories WHERE categoryID =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 7

getmatch (Datasource=believersweb, Time=2ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT docID, docName, docCategory, docDescription
FROM Documents
WHERE docID =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 1118

catQ (Datasource=believersweb, Time=0ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
SELECT categoryName FROM Categories WHERE categoryID =  ? 
Query Parameter Value(s) -
Parameter #1(cf_sql_integer) = 5

views (Datasource=believersweb, Time=0ms, Records=1) in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm @ 10:37:24.024
	SELECT docviews, pageviews, rc_views, visnum
 	FROM  stats
 	WHERE recid = 1


Scope Variables

Application Variables:
applicationname=Believersweb
portcullis=Struct (21)
CGI Variables:
AUTH_PASSWORD=
AUTH_TYPE=
AUTH_USER=
CERT_COOKIE=
CERT_FLAGS=
CERT_ISSUER=
CERT_KEYSIZE=256
CERT_SECRETKEYSIZE=2048
CERT_SERIALNUMBER=
CERT_SERVER_ISSUER=C=GB, S=Greater Manchester, L=Salford, O=COMODO CA Limited, CN=COMODO RSA Domain Validation Secure Server CA
CERT_SERVER_SUBJECT=OU=Domain Control Validated, OU=PositiveSSL, CN=believersweb.org
CERT_SUBJECT=
CF_TEMPLATE_PATH=C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm
CONTENT_LENGTH=0
CONTENT_TYPE=
CONTEXT_PATH=
GATEWAY_INTERFACE=CGI/1.1
HTTPS=on
HTTPS_KEYSIZE=256
HTTPS_SECRETKEYSIZE=2048
HTTPS_SERVER_ISSUER=C=GB, S=Greater Manchester, L=Salford, O=COMODO CA Limited, CN=COMODO RSA Domain Validation Secure Server CA
HTTPS_SERVER_SUBJECT=OU=Domain Control Validated, OU=PositiveSSL, CN=believersweb.org
HTTP_ACCEPT=text/html,application/xhtml+xml,application/xml;q=0.9,*/*;q=0.8
HTTP_ACCEPT_ENCODING=br,gzip
HTTP_ACCEPT_LANGUAGE=en-US,en;q=0.5
HTTP_CONNECTION=Keep-Alive
HTTP_COOKIE=
HTTP_HOST=believersweb.org
HTTP_REFERER=
HTTP_URL=/view.cfm?id=830&rc=1&list=multi
HTTP_USER_AGENT=CCBot/2.0 (https://commoncrawl.org/faq/)
LOCAL_ADDR=192.168.10.5
PATH_INFO=
PATH_TRANSLATED=C:\inetpub\wwwroot\believersweb\view.cfm
QUERY_STRING=id=830&rc=1&list=multi
REMOTE_ADDR=192.168.10.1
REMOTE_HOST=192.168.10.1
REMOTE_USER=
REQUEST_METHOD=GET
SCRIPT_NAME=/view.cfm
SERVER_NAME=believersweb.org
SERVER_PORT=443
SERVER_PORT_SECURE=1
SERVER_PROTOCOL=HTTP/1.1
SERVER_SOFTWARE=Microsoft-IIS/8.0
WEB_SERVER_API=
Cookie Variables:
CFID=3012913
CFTOKEN=a4484eaa06d15a8-48242B37-C294-74F4-3869FC2DFF6D5333
Server Variables:
coldfusion=Struct (10)
os=Struct (5)
Session Variables:
cfid=3012913
cftoken=a4484eaa06d15a8-48242B37-C294-74F4-3869FC2DFF6D5333
contentwidth=825
sessionid=BELIEVERSWEB_3012913_a4484eaa06d15a8-48242B37-C294-74F4-3869FC2DFF6D5333
sessiontimer={ts '2020-02-17 10:37:24'}
urltoken=CFID=3012913&CFTOKEN=a4484eaa06d15a8-48242B37-C294-74F4-3869FC2DFF6D5333
visitor=1
URL Parameters:
id=830
list=multi
rc=1
Debug Rendering Time: 7 ms