Crosspoint Church | Georgetown, TX

Just another day?

This week’s devotions are based on this week’s message: Shadows: A Glimpse of the Sabbath!  (WATCH HERE)

First, a happy 16th birthday to our daughter Mikenna!  She is a gift of God and blessing to us and many others!  Excited for her and the plan God has for her!

Ok…now to week three of our series, “Shadows” Glimpses of Jesus in the Old Testament…the Sabbath.

When Stephen Langton, an Archbishop of Canterbury divided the Bible books into chapters and verses in 1227, he started a new chapter after day six of creation and so chapter 2 of Genesis starts with the seventh day.  I wonder if we would have more awareness of day seven of creation if it were included in chapter one?  I ask the question, because it’s easy to focus on what God did in creating the world by the power of his word on days one through six and then stop and simply say, “Oh and God rested on day seven.”

Perhaps the image that conjures up in our minds is that God was exhausted and then he had to take a nap on a heavenly pillow.  But this image is far from reality and we are missing out if we simply give day seven a nod and wink and move on.

Perhaps another reason that we read over the beginning of Genesis 2, is because later in the chapter is the creation of man and woman in more detail and that gets our attention.

But today we are not going to rush past it, but rather reflect on it.  Why?  Because what God created on day seven is part of his creation just as much as days one through six.  But what did he create?  I thought he rested?  Let’s look: 

Genesis 2:2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 3 And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. 

God created the end to a busy week.  Day seven God rested.  The root idea is that God “stopped” from all the work of creating he had done.  The stoppage of work for the Lord was because he was done with putting the world in place.  But instead of having a six day week, he added a seventh day to finish the week with a stoppage of work, a pause, a rest.  

God created a special day.  Days one through six were “work days.”  While each one was unique in its content of creation, the seventh day was made holy, set apart for special designation.  It was not a day of work, but a day of rest.

God created a blessed day.  Unless I missed it, none of the first six days were blessed in a special way…as a day.  The first six were unique in content of creation, but common as to days of work.  But the seventh day was different.  God blessed the seventh day.  When God blesses something, good comes from it for a person or for people.  In this case, the blessing of the seventh day was to be for all who would enjoy the seven day week…working on six…resting on the seventh.

So like every other aspect of creation was given to mankind, the seventh day of the week was given to mankind as a blessing.  Jesus himself said, The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath (Mark 2:27).” 

Generations later, the seventh day wasn’t lost, but rather emphasized in the law the Lord gave to Moses on Mt. Sinai.  We know it as the “Third Commandment”:

Exodus 20:8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

The pattern for the Israelites appeals back to the first week of the world’s history.  It was a special day…is it still special today?  This week we’ll look deeper into the blessing God gives from this day he set apart and called holy!


Apply: How might a rhythm of pause be a blessing to you in your weekly schedule.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for creating all things to be a blessing to me…including the seventh day which you blessed and set apart for special use.  AMEN.

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