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Hebrews 4:1-7 – OT

03.07.2011

Gen 2:1-3

I’m taking it back to the old school because I’m an old fool who’s so cool…

We’re looking here at the seventh day of creation, when God rested.  Why did God rest?  Was He tired?  I don’t think so.  God doesn’t create the world through heavy lifting and strain and sweat; He merely wills it into being.  I think that God’s rest signifies three things:

  1. God sanctifies the seventh day with His rest.  He sets that portion aside and makes it holy, a time for reflection on the goodness of His creation and His order and His glory.  In doing this, He sets an example for us to take that time to acknowledge and enjoy Him through His creation.
  2. God’s rest indicates that the creation is complete.  Like my wife, and unlike me, God does not intersperse His work with breaks and diversions to avoid ‘burn-out;’ no, He works until completion and then rests as an acknowledgment of that completion.
  3. This completion, in turn, implies a fulfillment of purpose.  Indeed, God’s rest is the purpose of this creation.  He has created a place for Him to dwell among His creatures, including those with His image: man.  God created the world not as a hobby or an experiment but as a home, a place to rest and share Himself with us.  This is the image, before the Fall, that we look back on and look forward to, longing for the redemption that will bring this world back to Him so that we can dwell with Him as intended.
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