What Does The Bible Say About Obedience Of The Lower Creation To God?
Quotes are from the RSV Catholic Edition or the Douay-Rheims
Job 26:11 – The pillars of heaven tremble, and dread at his beck.
Job 37:10-13 – When God bloweth there cometh frost, and again the waters are poured out abundantly. Corn desireth clouds, and the clouds spread their light: Which go round about, whithersoever the will of him that governeth them shall lead them, to whatsoever he shall command them upon the face of the whole earth: Whether in one tribe, or in his own land, or in what place soever of his mercy he shall command them to be found.
Job 38:10-11 – I set my bounds around it, and made it bars and doors: And I said: Hitherto thou shalt come, and shalt go no further, and here thou shalt break thy swelling waves.
Psalms 103:19-20 – He hath made the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down. Thou hast appointed darkness, and it is night: in it shall all the beasts of the woods go about:
Psalms 118:89, 91 – For ever, O Lord, thy word standeth firm in heaven. […] By thy ordinance the day goeth on: for all things serve thee.
Psalms 148:7-8 – Praise the Lord from the earth, ye dragons, and all ye deeps: Fire, hail, snow, ice, stormy winds which fulfill his word:
Wisdom 16: 22, 24 – But snow and ice endured the force of fire, and melted not: that they might know that fire burning in the hail and flashing in the rain destroyed the fruits of the enemies. […] For the creature serving thee the Creator, is made fierce against the unjust for their punishment; and abateth its strength for the benefit of them that trust in thee.
Wisdom 19:6 – For every creature according to its kind was fashioned again as from the beginning, obeying thy commandments, that thy children might be kept without hurt.
Ecclesiasticus 33:7-8 – Why doth one day excel another, and one light another, and one year another year, when all come of the sun? By the knowledge of the Lord they were distinguished, the sun being made, and keeping his commandment.
Ecclesiasticus 39:22 – At his word the waters stood as a heap: and at the words of his mouth the receptacles of waters:
Ecclesiasticus 39:35-37 – Fire, hail, famine, and death, all these were created for vengeance. The teeth of beasts, and scorpions, and serpents, and the sword taking vengeance upon the ungodly unto destruction. In his commandments they shall feast, and they shall be ready upon earth when need is, and when their time is come they shall not transgress his word.
Ecclesiasticus 42:24 – All these things live, and remain for ever, and for every use all things obey him.
Ecclesiasticus 43: 2, 5, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 25 – The sun when he appeareth shewing forth at his rising, an admirable instrument, the work of the most High. […] Great is the Lord that made him, and at his words he hath hastened his course. […] The glory of the stars is the beauty of heaven; the Lord enlighteneth the world on high. By the words of the holy one they shall stand in judgment, and shall never fail in their watches. […] By his commandment he maketh the snow to fall apace, and sendeth forth swiftly the lightnings of his judgment. Through this are the treasures opened, and the clouds fly out like birds. […] At his sight shall the mountains be shaken, and at his will the south wind shall blow. […] At his word the wind is still, and with his thought he appeaseth the deep, and the Lord hath planted islands therein.
Isaiah 48:13 – My hand also hath founded the earth, and my right hand hath measured the heavens: I shall call them, and they shall stand together.
Jeremiah 5:22 – Will not you then fear me, saith the Lord: and will you not repent at my presence? I have set the sand a bound for the sea, an everlasting ordinance, which it shall not pass over: and the waves thereof shall toss themselves, and shall not prevail: they shall swell, and shall not pass over it.
Baruch 3:33-35 – He that sendeth forth light, and it goeth: and hath called it, and it obeyeth him with trembling. And the stars have given light in their watches, and rejoiced: They were called, and they said: Here we are: and with cheerfulness they have shined forth to him that made them.
Baruch 6:59-62 – The sun, and the moon, and the stars being bright, and sent forth for profitable uses, are obedient. In like manner the lightning, when it breaketh forth, is easy to be seen: and after the same manner the wind bloweth in every country. And the clouds when God commandeth them to go over the whole world, do that which is commanded them. The fire also being sent from above to consume mountains and woods, doth as it is commanded. But these neither in shew, nor in power are like to any one of them.
Matthew 8:23-27 – Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”