God Rests from His Work
Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. 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. 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)
What does it mean that God rested on the seventh day? Does it mean that He was worn out from all His efforts? Most certainly not. God cannot get tired (Isaiah 40:28). He is all-powerful.
What it does mean is that God accomplished the entire creation in six days, and He was finished (Genesis 2:1). There was nothing else left for him to do, so He stopped. He rested … meaning that He ceased from His creative actions.
Then He blessed and set apart the 7th day after the order of His own resting.
This resting on God’s part became a pattern for all of humanity. The 7th day was the day He rested because all had been done that could be done. Therefore, we can rest; indeed, we may rest through His completed work. It’s a pattern of 6 and 1. Six days of labor (blessed by God) results in one day of rest. God gives us permission. We’re not to think that our labor is so important that we have to keep at it each and every day. Instead, we’re to realize that what God can do in our lives in six days is far more impacting than what we can do in seven. It’s a faith thing. And it’s so good for us! It’s good for us mentally, spiritually, and emotionally.
Later, Israel was to observe this pattern as part of the covenant God made with them (Exodus 20:8-11). It was part of their law. They were also supposed to do this with their fields … trusting the Lord for His blessing during six years of planting and harvesting, allowing the fields to lie fallow for the seventh year.
Presently, believers in Jesus Christ have been blessed with a tremendous spiritual rest. Jesus Himself is our rest, our Sabbath. Everything is finished in Him.
So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. (John 19:30)
There remains therefore a rest (Greek: sabbatismos) for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. (Hebrews 4:9-10)
Hear this wonderful invitation from our Blessed Lord:
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
For Further Review
1. Ponder the power and work of God. How does His limitless strength work in your life?
2. Have you experienced the blessing of the 6 and 1 pattern? How has it affected your life?
3. Think about it: Jesus Christ is our Sabbath rest. Carefully read and ponder Matthew 11:28-30 and then take Him up on His gracious invitation, right now.
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