Text Study – Question 2

Here is a midrash (Rabbinic commentary on the Bible) worth exploring this morning.

“When God created the first human beings, God led them around the Garden of Eden and said: “Look at my works! See how beautiful they are—how excellent! For your sake I created them all. See to it that you do not spoil and destroy My world; for if you do, there will be no one else to repair it.” (Kohelet Rabbah on Eccl. 7:13)

The midrash says that God created the world for “our” sake.  For whose sake, exactly?  Who’s included in that “we” — people only, or just “our” people, or all of nature (within which people are only a small part)?

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