Genesis 2:1-3, “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”.
- God rested on the Seventh Day.
- God could perfectly easily have created the whole Universe instantaneously, but He chose not to.
- He wanted to initiate a cycle of six days work, and one day of rest, as a cycle of spiritual perfection, to be followed by man for ever.
The Sabbath Day of Rest
The Bible states in Exodus 20:8-11: “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work. For in six days the LORD made the Heavens and the Earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.”
- The Seventh Day was called the Sabbath.
- Jewish people celebrate Sabbath, known as the “Shabbat” from 6 pm on Friday until 6 pm on Saturday, and this is probably the correct timing.
- It is known by Christians as The Lord’s Day, and is celebrated on Sunday.
- It was to be a day set apart from the other Six Days.
- The Sabbath Day was to be consecrated to the Lord, and this is the Fourth Commandment.