The Goodness of Sabbath Rest
God's gift of Sabbath allows us to rest in his sufficiency.
Let me read to you from Genesis Chapter 2. We have spent a number of weeks looking into Genesis Chapter 1, which gives to us the record of the creation of the world culminating in the pinnacle of that creation, which was the creation of human beings made in the image and likeness of God.
Now in Verse 1 of Chapter 2 it says,
Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.
The rest of the Chapter retells the events of the sixth day. On the sixth day in Chapter 1 there is the creation of life—animals, then finally human beings. Now the rest of Chapter 2 goes back to the creation of human beings. If you like, Chapter 1 is the headline news version and Chapter 2 gets down to some detail as to how and why God created human beings.
There are three things that stand out to me. My original intention was to talk about these three things but I'm not able to; so I'm going to talk about one of them. But I want to put this one into the wider context and we'll come back to this next week with some of the other sections.
First of all, this chapter talks about the Sabbath rest, the seventh day when God rested from all his work. Then when God created Adam and then Eve, it says in Verse 15, "The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and to take care of it."
We've got this whole issue of work responsibility, and along with that, taking care of the earth—something we haven't really addressed biblically very much though the whole world is waking ...
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Charles Price is the Senior Pastor of The Peoples Church in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and the founder of Living Truth, an international teaching and preaching ministry.