Blessed the Sabbath Day and Made It Holy

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 (Exodus 20:11 NIV).

The number “seven” is usually associated with completion or perfection. This idea primarily comes from the fact that God rested on the seventh day. He created everything in six days. And on the seventh day He rested. Not only that He blessed the seventh day and made it holy.

We need to take special note of this fact for God never grows tired. Therefore He did not rest on the seventh day because He was tired. Not at all. Instead He chose to rest on the seventh day. That tells us that finding rest is very special with God. It tells us that there comes a time when God finishes His chosen work and then takes time to enjoy and appreciate the work that He has brought to come to life. It tells us that God does things with a sense of purpose and a sense of time. These are two qualities we can choose to emulate in our lives as well.

More important are the facts that God blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. That makes it very special. Now think about this. God has given us a pattern here about doing our work. He has commanded us to do all our work on six working days. He wants us to take rest on the seventh day. The question today is not which day you are observing as the seventh day. For many Christians it is Sunday, the beginning day of the week because Christ rose again on that day. That is fine. But what is not fine is that many Christians are busy with work on the seventh day too. But that is day of rest when God desires us to spend time with Him. Without this rest you lose God’s blessing on your lives because God blessed the seventh day and made it holy. So rest on Sabbath’s because they were created for us to rest.