Taking the Epistle

A biblical journey through the epistles

07 – The first Sabbath


Thank you for looking at our Creation series, my desire in these pages is to look at the literal days of creation and in greater detail quoting primarily from the first book of the Bible, the book of Genesis.

In part one we looked at day one of creation, why it was a literal day and examined why God put it in the perfect order that he did, in part two we looked at the waters separating, in part three we looked at earth, vegetation and trees, part four was the sun, moon and stars, part five was land animals, part six we look at man being made and today we start again on day six at the bible verses below.

Genesis 2:1 (ESV) Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 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. 3 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.

God rested

After God did probably the most productive week in history, he rested. Not because he had to, not because he was tired but to set an example to us. He wished to institute the first day of rest, or as it is known for us “Sabbath”.

God could very well have created everything in one single spoken word, he did not have to take a week to create the world, he did however give an example to us of how a week should look.

Is Sabbath important?

In corporate America a lot is said about having a good work/life balance, we are encouraged to take ourselves out of the office during our rest days and not do work when we are meant to not actually be there. In some ways we are catching up to the bible.

God instituted a rest period for us because he knows that while there will be folks that do not wish to work hard, there will be some of us who are “work orientated” and will be what is called “workaholic”. The Sabbath rest was instituted for the man as a sign of God’s love.

I am not going to get too deep here into beliefs on the Sabbath, this will be covered in greater depth in our Ten Commandments series.

Sabbath is of scriptural importance as in the ESV version of the bible it is mentioned some 138 times. * I will list these at the bottom of this article

Sabbath is good for you

It is important to realize that God intended the Sabbath for a rest period for us. We are commanded to rest and seek the LORD on these days, one important thing to observe is not to get involved in fruitless disputes like the Pharisees did in the time of Christ. They did so as to appear holy but their hearts were far from God.

We all need rest; when we become a Christian our rest is in Jesus the LORD of the Sabbath. Let us come closer to him on a daily basis and worship the King of Kings. Like so many parts of scripture, it all points to the Messiah for the Jews first and then the nations (Gentiles) who is Jesus Christ.

God bless and I pray this was a blessing and please feel free to like, share or comment on here or whatever social media platforms you use as the Lord leads you to, as always I love questions about this or any other article so please feel free to fill in the form below, all comments are moderated to avoid profanity.

* – Sabbath listings in the Bible – Exodus 16:23; Exodus 16:25; Exodus 16:26; Exodus 16:29; Exodus 20:8; Exodus 20:10; Exodus 20:11; Exodus 31:14; Exodus 31:15; Exodus 31:16; Exodus 35:2; Exodus 35:3; Leviticus 16:31; Leviticus 23:3; Leviticus 23:11; Leviticus 23:15; Leviticus 23:16; Leviticus 23:32; Leviticus 24:8; Leviticus 25:2; Leviticus 25:4; Leviticus 25:6; Numbers 15:32; Numbers 28:9; Numbers 28:10; Deuteronomy 5:12; Deuteronomy 5:14; Deuteronomy 5:15; 2 Kings 4:23; 2 Kings 11:5; 2 Kings 11:7; 2 Kings 11:9; 2 Kings 16:18; 1 Chronicles 9:32; 2 Chronicles 23:4; 2 Chronicles 23:8; 2 Chronicles 36:21; Nehemiah 9:14; Nehemiah 10:31; Nehemiah 13:15; Nehemiah 13:16; Nehemiah 13:17; Nehemiah 13:18; Nehemiah 13:19; Nehemiah 13:21; Nehemiah 13:22; Psalms 92:1; Isaiah 1:13; Isaiah 56:2; Isaiah 56:6; Isaiah 58:13; Isaiah 66:23; Jeremiah 17:21; Jeremiah 17:22; Jeremiah 17:24; Jeremiah 17:27; Lamentations 2:6; Ezekiel 46:1; Ezekiel 46:4; Ezekiel 46:12; Amos 8:5; Matthew 12:1; Matthew 12:2; Matthew 12:5; Matthew 12:8; Matthew 12:10; Matthew 12:12; Matthew 24:20; Matthew 28:1; Mark 1:21; Mark 2:23; Mark 2:24; Mark 2:27; Mark 2:28; Mark 3:2; Mark 3:4; Mark 6:2; Mark 15:42; Mark 16:1; Luke 4:16; Luke 4:31; Luke 6:1; Luke 6:2; Luke 6:5; Luke 6:6; Luke 6:7; Luke 6:9; Luke 13:10; Luke 13:14; Luke 13:15; Luke 13:16; Luke 14:1; Luke 14:3; Luke 14:5; Luke 23:54; Luke 23:56; John 5:9; John 5:10; John 5:16; John 5:18; John 7:22; John 7:23; John 9:14; John 9:16; John 19:31; Acts 1:12; Acts 13:14; Acts 13:42; Acts 13:44; Acts 15:21; Acts 16:13; Acts 17:2; Acts 18:4; Colossians 2:16; Hebrews 4:9.

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