Genesis 2-Part 1
Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. Genesis 2:1-3 KJV
LET IT GLOW
Some of you may recall, along with me, the days when stores were closed on Sundays, factories stopped their work, amusement places were not open, even the gas stations were shut. It was a way of life for our society. God provided what the working man needed in 5-6 days. People went to worship on Sunday and didn't mow their lawns. Nowadays, a person can't tell the difference between one day of the week and another. There is no significance of the day. It has no special meaning for a lot of folks. How much we have compromised! Do my neighbors see the difference in my days?
Only a week earlier there was no universe and earth decorated, no living things, animals, nor man. Now God's work was completed with no flaws.
The vast cosmos was full of countless wonders, each of which displayed the glory and wisdom of a good and perfect Creator. God had completed all of creation, so there was nothing more for Him to create. (MacArthur)
What are the verbs used in verses 1-3 of chapter 2, denoting what God did?
- finished (verse 1) heavens and earth, and all the host of them;
- ended (verse 2) his work, stopped creating;
- rested (verse 2) from all his work(rested means to cease);
- blessed and sanctified the seventh day (set apart).
He rested from all His work which He had made (or created). The word work (melakhah) means a special work, a very special job or task. The special work or task under taken by God was creation. He ceased from the work that He had been doing that week. Creation was completed. His rest wasn't idleness, laziness, slackness, slumber. See Isaiah 40:28. (The Preacher's Outline and Sermon Book)
Does our society cease from work in observance of the Lord's Day? It used during my childhood. The Lord blessed our nation during those times.
LET IT GROW
Later, the Sabbath ordinance of Moses found its basis in the creation week (Ex.20:8-11). The Sabbath was God's sacred, ordained day in the weekly cycle. Jesus said, The Sabbath was made for man (Mark 2:27) and verse 3 stated that God "sanctified" or set apart the Sabbath day because He rested in it. Later, it was set aside for a day of worship in the Mosaic Law. The church began worshiping on the first day of the week to commemorate the Resurrection of Christ (Acts 20:7). (MacArthur)
Christians call the day of worship "The Lord's Day," which is Sunday, not the Sabbath, our Saturday, the seventh day of the week. It was on the first day of the week that Christ arose from the dead, the tomb (Matt. 28:1). I hope you will be in a worship service praising our Risen Savior.
Do I finish my projects on Saturday so I can rest on Sunday?
Do I make Sunday a day of worship and rest?
Do I praise the Creator, thank Him for life, acknowledge Him as Lord and Majesty of the universe, bless Him for work and health, serve Him with a loving heart, and ask Him to meet our needs?
LET IT GO
Do my house duties by Saturday and rest on Sunday.
Worship the Risen Savior on Sunday.