GENESIS 2: RESTING IN THE RESTER
On the seventh day God finished His work that He was doing. On the seventh day He stopped doing everything that He had been doing. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on that day, He stopped all of His work—His creating and making. (Genesis 2:2-3)
Of all the days of creating and not creating, God calls the day He rests holy. Why? What is it about rest, what Hebrews call Shabbat, that is holy? Or sacred? The day of rest has for thousands of years been important to God’s people because God later commanded (Exodus 20:8-11) people to rest as He did on the Sabbath.
God is portrayed as more than a Divine Rester in Genesis 2. I was amazed when I decided to read Genesis 2 with a new question in mind rather than thinking of creation in traditional ways. Instead of asking how creation came to be and focusing on Adam and Eve, I read and kept asking about the main character in the story and asked, "Who is this creator?" Here's some of what I learned.
- God is a man molder.
- God is a life-breather.
- God is a gardener.
- God is food provider.
- God is a choice giver.
- God notices when someone is alone.
- God is an animal former.
- God is a surgeon.
- God is a matchmaker.
- God is a woman maker.
- God created sex.
You can learn all these things about the creator in Genesis 2. Rather than me giving you all the exact references, read it and see for yourself who this amazing creator really is.
In the words of Augustine many years ago, “Our souls are restless until they find rest in you O Lord.” Please show us how to rest without worry because we have cast our anxieties on the One who made and still operates this universe as maker of man, woman, animals, sex, who notices when we are alone, breathes life into our lungs, molds humanity from the very earth we live in, wants us to have companions.
Greg Taylor preaches for The Journey. Greg's wife, Jill, teaches math at Broken Arrow High School and Tulsa Community College. Greg and Jill have three adult children, Ashley, Anna, and Jacob. Greg is the author of many books, including his latest co-authored with Randy Harris, Daring Faith: Meeting Jesus in the Book of John.