And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give Him glory,… WORSHIP Him who made heaven and earth, the sea …”
Adam and Eve’s first Sabbath day of rest arrives without even as much as one day of work performed. How could they be tired, or in need of rest? Hadn’t God told us to work six days and then rest?
After God finished creating almost everything within six days, there remained yet one more very important, and special, work God had “up his sleeve.” Up till now God had created everything in advance for a special couple, and would be sharing it with them as a gift, so they would know that they had done nothing to earn it. The young couple has not even yet arrived, for as of yet they have not been created.
The Reason For Rest
It’s now that God reaches down to sinless earthen clay to personally hand craft a form, breathing into the first man life, and he becomes a living soul. God creates Adam and Eve, so they can experience and share together all the things He created for their enjoyment, and also that they can communicate with one another, and with Him too.
Not only is it God’s plan to create everything in six days, but to introduce a rest day to represent His perpetual salvation, and to continue to reveal to them that this gift (not of works lest any man should boast) will always remain a sign between them of His image—a bond between Creator, creation and especially humanity made in His image.
Therefore, God introduces a different kind of “rest” that’s NOT associated with the kind of rest we’re normally accustomed to today, after a long hard day at work. This “rest” is a divine intervention revealing His desire to keep a relationship lasting for eternity.
Time Well Spent
The seventh day speaks of a set “time” (an appointment or date) to come aside, and communicate with the Creator, like Adam and Eve did each week. Hebrews 4:9-10 ESV — “So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.” How did God “rest” from His works so that He can be an example to all mankind of the rest He is wanting from them?
Most people associate rest that follows work. If God had been talking of this kind of rest for Adam, Eve, and the future of mankind, then He would have created them after the Sabbath, so that they could start working immediately (an example of salvation by works), after they were created and then allow for rest following that work.
You see, If God had not made Adam and Eve in His image (creative and learning abilities), they wouldn’t be free moral agents with relational, and communication skills, and an ability to make choices that lend to an ever (never ending) growing purpose. God simply wouldn’t have created the seventh day (or any of the prior six days for that matter) if it was not for wanting to have humanity to share it with, and commune with them. I must agree with God when after creating Adam and Eve; He said this is very good, and no doubt, because we are His crowning work of creation—creating a purpose for God’s time well spent.
The Call Back to God
Revelation 14:7 — And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give Him glory,… WORSHIP Him who made heaven and earth, the sea …” etc. Sound familiar? This “call” was first given in Exodus chapter 20 and the passage begins in verse 8 and ends with verse 11. Exodus 20:8 ESV “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy… For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”
I want to spend quality time every Sabbath with God, my Creator, who created it specifically to commune with and worship Him (Mark 2:27), who is also “calling” all mankind back to Him, the CREATOR GOD —the One who created earth, us, and all living things within seven literal earth days.
After God created Adam and Eve (Friday the sixth day) in His image, He devised a way to spend quality time communicating with them. Then on Friday evening as Saturday is dawning, the Sabbath rest day began. Hallelujah!