In the Beginning, God Rested
Dr. Tony Chute, Lead Pastor
Overview: The creation of the heavens and the earth was completed on the sixth day, but Genesis includes a seventh day when God rested from His work. The fact that God did not exhaust any energy in creating the heavens and the earth indicates a rest of satisfaction rather than fatigue, thus highlighting the intimate relationship between creation and the Creator. God also blessed the seventh day, setting it apart from all others and setting in motion a pattern of continued rest and reflection for successive generations. Accordingly, the original audience welcomed the Sabbath; Israel was distinct in its observance of the Sabbath; Jesus clarified the purpose of the Sabbath; the early church established the Lord’s Day in place of the Sabbath; and Christians ever since have attached great significance to it. Even though the Sabbath first occurred in the beginning, it is built into our weekly worship and points us to the Sabbath rest that remains for the people of God.