Genesis 2:15 NRSV
15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.
The Hebrew word for keep is shamar. Shamar means to “take care of.” When Adam was told to take care of the garden, he was expected to care for it in such a way that it would produce, flourish and repeat.
Calvin DeWitt, an author and professor, says, “Shamar indicates a loving, caring, sustaining kind of keeping.”
God gave us responsibility to take care of the earth.
Here are a few ways you can take care of the earth:
- Avoid pesticides and fertilizers.
- Plant a native garden.
- Collect water.