The First Sabbath – The Day GOD Rested (G-2-HBS)


A great principle of revelation occurs for the first time in this chapter, but it will be found again and again in the Word of God. It is one of the fingerprints of inspiration. It is the law of recurrence or the law of recapitulation.

In other words, the Spirit of God, in giving the Word of God, has a practice of stating briefly a series of great facts and truths; then He will come back and take out of the series that which is all–important, and He will elucidate and enlarge upon that particular thing.

He is going to do this now in chapter 2 with the six days of creation which were given in chapter 1. This same principle is seen in the Book of Deuteronomy.

Deuteronomy is the interpretation of the Law after forty years of experience with it in the wilderness.

Deuteronomy is not just a repetition of the Law, but rather an interpretation of it. Likewise, we are given not only one but four Gospels. Again and again, this procedure is followed throughout the Word of God.

In chapter 2 that which is lifted out of the six days of creation is that which pertains to man, and we begin with the Sabbath Day.

Genesis 2:1-3 KJV

[1] Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

[2] 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.

[3] And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

Genesis 2:1

Thus the heavens and the Earth were finished, and all the host of them.

  • This proclaims the fact that when the heavens and the Earth were completed, they were a brilliant array.
  • The narrative of the six days‘ creation continued.
  • The course of the narrative is improperly broken by the division of the chapter.
  • The heavens — referring to the firmament or atmosphere.
  • Host — referring to a multitude, a numerous array, usually connected in Scripture with heaven only, but here with the earth also, meaning all that they contain.
  • Were finished — means it was brought to completion.
  • No permanent change has ever since been made in the course of the world, no new species of animals have been formed, no law of nature repealed or added to.
  • They could have been finished in a moment as well as in six days, but the work of creation was gradual for the instruction of man, as well, perhaps, as of higher creatures (Job 38:7).

Genesis 2:2

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.

  • Do not miss the importance of the Sabbath Day.
  • What does it mean when it says that God rested from His work?
  • Does it mean that God got tired, sat down to rest on the seventh day, and said that he had had a big week—that He had worked more than forty hours, and that He wanted to rest?
  • If you look at it like that, it is perfect nonsense.
  • And he rested on the seventh day — Not to repose from exhaustion with labor (see Isaiah 40:28), but ceased from working, an example equivalent to a command that we also should cease from labor of every kind.
  • God rested from His work.
  • When God finished His six days of work, He looked upon it and it was very good, and there was nothing else to do.

Genesis 2:3

And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it He had rested from all His Work which God created and made.

  • The Sabbath, or seventh day, or Saturday, the last day of the week, is meant by God to be a Type of the Salvation Rest which one finds in Christ; that’s the reason it was a part of the Ten Commandments.
  • The Book of Hebrews tells us that as believers we enter into “rest”—that is, we enter into His sabbath; we enter into His perfect redemption.
  • He died on the cross almost two thousand years ago for you and I, and He offers us a redemption that we can enter into.


Blessed and sanctified the seventh day —A peculiar distinction put upon it above the other six days, and showing it was devoted to sacred purposes.

The institution of the Sabbath is as old as creation, giving rise to that weekly division of time which prevailed in the earliest ages.

It is a wise and beneficent law, affording that regular interval of rest which the physical nature of man and the animals employed in his service requires, and the neglect of which brings both to premature decay.

Moreover, it secures an appointed season for religious worship, and if it was necessary in a state of primeval innocence, how much more so now, when mankind has a strong tendency to forget God and His claims?

Thus Paul can write: “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:1).

I do not even have to lift my little finger in order to be saved—Jesus did it all.

I hope that you have really enjoyed this post,

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4 thoughts on “The First Sabbath – The Day GOD Rested (G-2-HBS)

  1. Hello Jerry, 

    There are so many books of the Holy Bible that we all would really enjoy reading, and somehow I have grown so much love for the book of Genesis because it tells me about the creativity of the Lord, and how He can do whatever He likes, and how He alone has made everything we see today perfect. 

    This is one nice article indeed! 

    1. Good day, it pleases me to reply to your comment,

      Thank you, I am glad that you enjoyed the post! Everything we wish and hope for is on the other side of consistent effort. I truly believe this.

      I Hope For Many Blessings For You My Friend!

  2. Hi Jerry,

    Thanks very much for this interesting and refreshing review of the Book of Genesis.

    It is just very interesting to see how an increasing number of people in the modern world, both male and female, are finding it better to live a happy life alone. The alternative: living a miserable life with someone or a series of people while one searches for that elusive “complement”.

    Warmest regards.

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