Let's Talk About God Resting

by Andrea Murdock

Genesis 2:1-3

The heavens and the earth and all who live in them were completed. On the sixth day God completed all the work that he had done, and on the seventh day God rested from all the work that he had done. God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all the work of creation.

Key Verse:

God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all the work of creation. —Genesis 2:3

Commentary:

The Bible begins with the account of how God created the heavens and earth. God brought everything into being, brought order from chaos, separated night from day, and populated the earth with creatures and vegetation. When this work was finished, God set aside a day for rest.

 

We tend to make time for rest when we’re tired. But it’s important to recognize that God didn’t get tired in the way that we get tired. God didn’t need to take a nap or veg in front of the TV. God rested by observing and enjoying creation. We should follow God’s example by spending our sabbath time appreciating and enjoying God’s handiwork.

 

Questions to Discuss:

When was the last time you took an entire day to rest and reflect?

How can you include God in your time of rest and renewal?

Do you feel like your Sundays are holy days? Why, or why not?

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