While the Bible tells us that we can learn about Elohim through the creation, the sky and the land, this relationship between man and creation actually goes even deeper.
And Jehovah God planted a garden eastward, in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made Jehovah God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. (Genesis 2:8,9, ASV)
In this passage, man is in harmony with Elohim, with the sky and the land, and man is rewarded with food. However, in the next chapter we find a change in the natural order.
And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in toil shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. (Genesis 3:17-19, ASV)
The usual interpretation of this passage is that because of Adam's sin, God curses the land and causes thorns and thistles to spring up as punishment. But if Elohim is the land, then the springing up of thorns and thistles is not a decision on Elohim's part, but is a natural consequence to man's actions, a cause and effect. When man acts positively toward Elohim, the sky and land act positively toward man. When man acts negatively toward Elohim, the sky and land act negatively toward man.
In the story of the flood we see a similar natural consequence to man's actions. In Genesis 6:12 we read that;
And God saw the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth. (Genesis 6:12, RSV)
With a cause and effect relationship between man and the Elohim (the sky and the land), the effect of man's corruption causes the sky and the land to re-act, and this is what we read in Genesis 7:11;
...all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened. (Genesis 7:11, RSV)
Similar scenarios of the cause and effect relationship between man and the Elohim are presented in the text. When Cain kills his brother Abel, it is the land that cries out and is cursed (Genesis 4:10). The ten plagues come down from the sky and out of the land as judgments for the actions of Egypt (Exodus 7-12). If Israel obeys the words of Yahweh the sky will bring its rain and the land will produce fruit (Deuteronomy 28:4, 12), but if Israel disobeys, then the sky will not bring its rain and the land will be fruitless (Deuteronomy 28:18, 24).
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