Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. Genesis 2:1-3 (KJV)
All the work was accomplished, and then, God rested. In these verses, on the seventh day, God ended his work, rested, and blessed and sanctified this glorious day! God wants us to rest on the seventh day, too. It reminds us of the work of creation, and helps us to revitalize ourselves. After six days of work, we need rest.
In the Old Testament, the penalty for not resting on the Sabbath was death.
Exodus 35:2: Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you an holy day, a sabbath of rest to the Lord: whosoever doeth work therein shall be put to death.
In the New Testament, Jesus reminds us the the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. He didn’t want the day of rest to be a rigid, religious day, but a day of refreshment and renewal, to ponder and think on God, a time of beautiful rest. To have a day away from the normal, to relax and enjoy our families.
Mark 2:27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: 28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath. It is important to rest, and remember the beautiful work God did at the creation of the world. We are given a day to enjoy what God has made.
The Sabbath was a good day, and a good device that God wanted us to use for resting from all our work.
Thank You, God, that You even thought of our rest when You created the world.There are so many wonderful verses about rest. I need rest. I pray that You would remind me to rest when I am over-worked and tired. Thank You! May Your will be done!