Did God Rest On The Seventh Day?


Genesis 2:2 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.

The work that God did was not labor but it was creative work. The Hebrew word is “Mela’kah.” He created, and on the seventh day He stopped creating.

The word for “rested” is “sabath”. This word means that he stopped what He was doing.

God does not rest, but is always working in our lives where we allow Him to. The creative work ceased but His hand is always moving. He does not need a break. He does not need a vacation. He does not get stressed. He does not get exhausted.

The Hebrews recognize a great difference between labor and creative work. Even a donkey can do labor, but creative requires much thinking, processing and skill.

So, did God rest on the seventh day? No, He stopped creating for the day.

Genesis 2:3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it …

The Sabbath is not about not working. The Sabbath is about devoting a day to spiritual development. The word sanctify means to set something apart for a holy service. We do not need a day set aside just to rest, but to do spiritual development.

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