1 Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. 2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.
Genesis 2:1-3, NKJV
Creation Day 7: God Rested
We now move on to Genesis, Chapter 2. Chapter 1 was an amazing chapter. In the space of 6 days, God created a new, perfect, and marvelous world. Now that we have reached day 7, what remains to be done? Nothing! Verse 1 of chapter 2 tell us: Thus the heaven and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. It was the end of creation. So, what did God do on Day 7?
And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.
For those who do not believe in a 6 day, 24 hour a day creation, I find it interesting to note that, even to this day, we divide our time into weeks of 7, 24 hour days. Imagine that - over 6000 years have passed. We do not even have any detailed information on those first thousands of years, except for what is included in the Bible, and yet, here we are, still living in time periods of 7 day weeks and 24 hour days.
Yes, of course, time is divided for us based upon the earth's revolution around the sun and the earth's spinning on its axis. Why is that? That is the way God created our planetary system. We have 24 hour days because it take the earth 24 hours to spin around once. But, the 7 day week still continues to this day. Rulers have risen and fallen, countries have come and gone, and yet, we still continue the measurement of time based upon 7 day weeks.
The 7th day was so important to God that He blessed the seventh day and sanctified it. Did God need to rest? Was He tired? No! Yet, God chose one day out of 7 for man to rest. Does man need to rest? Oh yes! Those who try to ignore the pattern of resting one day in 7 will find that their life expectancy is shortened, extremely.
Is God only speaking of physical rest--or rest from our normal labors? No! Though that is certainly one aspect of resting, God calls His children to rest in Him. In other words, not only do His children rest from their normal labors, but they spend that day in worship, praise, and fellowship with God. We worship with fellow believers, and we spend the day reading His Word and basking in His love and grace manifested to us.
What an amazing God. Even from the day of creation, God understood the frailty of man. Physically, God built in a day of rest that his body might be refreshed and renewed to continue in his normal labors. Spiritually, God knew that man was weak and frail as well. God knew that man needed to come to Him again and again so that the discouragement and despair of this life would not overcome him.
Let us rethink our use of the Sabbath Day. Let us remember that it is more than just a day of rest. May we diligently set aside the Sabbath Day as a day unto the Lord. Let us spend it as a day of spiritual refreshment so that we will be better able to face the opposition of Satan and his forces of evil.
Go, this day, and praise God for His wondrous creation and for the day of rest He has given to us.
God Bless You,