Genesis 2:1-3

Genesis 2:1-3

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, along with everything in them. On the seventh day God was finished with his work which he had made, so he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. God blessed the seventh day and separated it as holy; because on that day God rested from all his work which he had created, so that it itself could produce.

 

What God did to change Earth’s condition from emptiness to being filled with living creatures were done in six days.

This seventh day was the original and first Shabbat instituted by God when God rested

The original script rested שָׁבַת֙” (šā·ḇaṯ) is the same when God declared His teachings to Moses in Exodus saying “Remember the day, Shabbat” from the time of creation

 

Exodus 20:8-11

“Remember the day, Shabbat, to set it apart for God. You have six days to labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Shabbat for Adonai your God. On it, you are not to do any kind of work — not you, your son or your daughter, not your male or female slave, not your livestock, and not the foreigner staying with you inside the gates to your property. For in six days, Adonai made heaven and earth, the sea and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. This is why Adonai blessed the day, Shabbat, and separated it for himself.

 

The Shabbat as a day for rest is so important God have to declare it as part of His teachings!

When Man failed to rest in God the tendency and inclination to dismiss God’s provision leads to sin and separation from the presence of God

Man was created in the presence of God and destined to live in the presence of God

Man because of disobedience against God’s word was separate from the light and truth of God’s word and separated away from the provision and protection of God

Man’s redemption involves finding rest in God through observing His “שָׁבַת֙” (šā·ḇaṯ)