The Day God Rested by Jerry Vines

THE DAY GOD RESTED
Genesis 2:1-3
JERRY VINES

I want to bring a messiage, which I believe, will be interesting and helpful to you, and a
bit different perhaps. In Genesis 2, we have been following the account of creation . We have
looked step by step at the six creative days as recorded to us in the first chapter. You are
aware that the chapter divisions and verse divisions in the Bible were added by men in rather
recent history. It is not a part of the inspired Word of God. But the chapter and verse
divisions were added to help us locate places in the Bible easier. There are times when the
chapter divisions are helpful; there are other times when the chapter divisions may obscure
the context of the passage. These three verses in the second chapter actually fit in with
the creation account which is begun in Genesis 1. So, these three verses really bring to a
climax what God has revealed to us about His creation activities in the first six days. After
those six days verse 1 says -
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 God creatd and made.
We are going to look, tonight, at this seventh day in the creation account. We have followed
rather carefully the marvelous narrative of God's creative activity in six days. But, tonight
we want to give our attention to this beautiful scene of the Sabbath3)rest of God. You are
aware that the numbers in the Bible have significance. The number seven is the number of
completion or the number of perfection. We find this particular number used, for instance,
many times in the book of Revelation. So, the seventh day is the day of God's completed work.
It is the day when God completes His creative activity. Back in the 1st chapter and in the
31st verse you will notice that when God completed His creation work, he beheld everything
that he had made and behold it was very good. So, it is as if God stood back and viewed what
He had done on the six days of creation. Now, we come to the Sabbath day, the day which is
known as the day of rest, the seventh day in God's creative week. I want to just share with
you from the Word of God, three sabbaths. As I study the Bible, it seems to me that there
are three main sabbaths which are important for believers to understand. The first sabbath
is the one we find in these verses tonight, the sabbath of creation. This is God's sabbath
creation, the rest of God, the day God rested. These verses state to us, basically two things
THE DAY GOD RESTED
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about God's seventh day, God's rest day. It tells us, first of all, that it was a day of
completion. You will notice in verse one it says,
The heavens and the earth were finished,...
Then in verse 2 it says-
... on the seventh day God ...


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