Cultural Encounters: A Journal For The Theology Of Culture Volume 11 Number 2 (Summer 2016) - Page 15

VOLUME 11, NUMBER 2 A JOURNAL FOR THE THEOLOGY OF CULTURE eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living. (Gn 3:17bc–20) Agriculture—farming is the oldest profession. You might have heard of another oldest profession: they got that wrong. It’s agriculture. Agriculture is still the largest endeavor in the entire world. More people farm or care for animals for food than any other thing in the entire world. Why? It’s right there. So it’s no surprise that Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were all animal husbandmen. They were all shepherds. It’s how they fed their families. It’s how they became rich. They even counted their wealth that way. “I’ve got so and so many flocks.” Well, it wasn’t just them. So were prophets and kings. Amos, for example, was a sheepherder from Tekoa. David was also a shepherd. Where would he have been trying to write those Psalms if he hadn’t spent time as a shepherd? His muse was having been somebody who cared for the flocks. Fast-forward to the time of Jesus. How about Jesus’s best friends? What did they do? They fished in the Sea of Galilee. That’s who they were and what they knew. When Jesus left them, what did they go back to doing? They went fishing, even though he had said, “Come, I will make you fishers of people.” So, for those of you who have chosen to return to the path before the Fall, vegetarianism was it. It was what it was all about. Then things happened, and we eat meat now; it’s all good. But the curse was that now we had to work for our food. Famine The second one is famine. This is from Genesis 41. You’ll get a sense from what happened to Joseph, his elevation as it were. Then Joseph said to Pharaoh [in interpreting his dream], “The dreams of Pharaoh are one and the same. God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do. The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good heads of grain are seven years; it is one and the same dream. The seven lean, ugly cows that came up afterward are seven years, and so are the seven worthless heads of grain scorched by the east wind: They are seven years of famine. (Gn 41:25–27) 12