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Genesis 2

Posted by New Westminster Chapel on January 3, 2012

And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation. (Genesis 2:2-3)

Having created the world God not only finished His work, he finished  it to uttermost perfection. And then guess what he did??? He rested! Six days of work and One special day to rest – just basking in His glories and marvelous work.

This does not mean that the All-powerful God was exhausted and needed to unwind or rest or take a nap. NO! This was God glorying in Himself! Here we find two important principles which as his image he requires us to follow: working with all our might and as best as we can in six days and resting on one day.

In Exodus, both in the miracle of the manna and the ten commandments, God clearly taught his people to work six days and rest on the seventh, which he called a Sabbath. Why?

Well, remember that in creating the world God had given man a mandate to rule, fill and subdue the earth and to work the ground. This was to be for his food and productivity. Its working as God did in six days. And as God rested and rejoiced in His work, he also commanded man to rest (literary) and to take time to reflect on God’s glory and goodness to him.

I find it quiet amazing that God expects us to live week in and week out as He did in the first week of Earth’s existence! He clearly portrayed to us how we are to be his image – by being creative, to subdue the earth with justice and goodness and to take time to worship him and glorifying His name!!!

We live in difficult times and many people are tempted to work 24/7 and 52/365  with little or no rest for their weary and deteriorating bodies. On top of that, in a godless culture, many of us never take time to pause and reflect on or rejoice in God’s goodness and grace to us by His giving us the jobs we have and ability to work.

As we are beginning 2012, purpose to work as hard and as best as you can those 6 God-given days then take that Sabbath rest to worship God, relax with friends and family and catch some much-needed rest and sleep for another week’s work.


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