Genesis 1-2

Highlight:

Genesis 2:1–3 (ESV) 

1 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. 

Explain:

The Sabbath predates the law (as does the tithe, by the way). In both instances, I believe we are shown stewardship and promised blessing. In the case of the Sabbath, you have the stewardship and blessing of time; in the case of tithing, you have the stewardship and blessing of money. Here are some things you see about the Sabbath in this passage:

  1. It is the celebration of completed work. God finished His work and celebrates what has happened with rest. 1 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.
  2. It is the receipt of promised blessing. So God blessed the seventh day. God uniquely blesses the Sabbath day and, I believe, blesses those who observe it’s proper meaning.
  3. It is the opportunity for refreshing diversion. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy.
  4. It is the example of needed rest. Because on it God rested . . .

Apply:

Everyone should keep a Sabbath because of:

  1. It celebrates our work.
  2. It blesses our lives.
  3. It refreshes our spirits.
  4. It rests our bodies.

Respond:I will share this with the staff.

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