Sabbath

Today I would like to tie up some loose ends from the two creation accounts.  And the way I would like to do this is in three separate parts: sabbath, naming of the animals, and finally the introduction of our first parents.

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.
Gen. 2:2-3

Look at the phrase; God blessed the seventh day and made it holy. It was a special time that God set apart and he let his favor rest upon that time.  He did not do that with any of the prior six days of creation.

Why did God rest, was he tired?  Does the one who is all power and authority get tired?

In story 1, sabbath was the time when the creator stops.  A wise creator knows when to stop, just as an artist or sculptor knows that to continue designing would be to diminish the completed work. The final act of creation was to stop, but stop what? The final act was to stop commanding, stop separating, stop dividing, stop judging!

You see something happens to us when we are creating, when performing, when we are busy “doing” life.  We lose our true essence, become unbalanced, disconnected from our source.  And life becomes about our performance, what we build, what problems we solve, accomplishments, awards, and name recognition. In sabbath we take time to enjoy, appreciate what we’ve done and what God has done.  It is a time to reconnect with our source and to interact with all that God has placed in our lives.  It is a time to step into the beautiful world of the creator and become one with it. 

Let’s notice something between creation story 1 and 2, isn’t it interesting that we do not find a sabbath account in story 2?

Why not? Maybe creation 2 is all about sabbath, a time to rest, and relate with the work of creation. 

From God’s perspective sabbath never ended, God came back to his true essence in story 2 as expressed in his name YHVH Elohim. Now, it’s always the seventh day for him and this can be seen in story 2. God’s power and revelation is now not in doing, but in being. Therefore, the writer of Hebrews is able to say that a sabbath rest is still available for the people of God.  It’s still the seventh day!

Discussion questions

  1. What does it look like for us to enter his rest today; what works do we need to cease from?
  2. Have you had times in life when you were so busy that you lost yourself, became more robotic than human?  How did you recapture your center

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