Summary: I know that we all have heard that God rested on the 7th day and blessed the day He on which He rested. God rested and God blessed it.
Genesis 2:1 – 3
I know that we all have heard that God rested on the 7th day and blessed the day He on which He rested. God rested and God blessed it.
Exodus 31:12 – 17
God said that they must keep His Sabbath because it is a sign. Then the Bible says that God was refreshed.
Refreshed = Restored = Revived.
God said that the 7th day, which is the Sabbath day, shall be a sign. It will be holy unto the Lord. In 6 days you can work but on the 7th day, if you work you will be killed. So do not work on the 7th day. We have taken that according to the Levitical laws and we have an image of the 6 days of God’s work and how the children of Israel had to gather manna in the desert. We take the 7th day as the Sabbath day when they rested. We thought that this was God’s idea of a Sabbath rest – nobody touched anything. That was the Levitical law that was given to help the children of Israel to gain strength to come into the Promised Land. But God has a total different view of this. God blessed the 7th day; God was refreshed on the 7th day; God was revived on the 7th day, but 6 days of work……what does He mean, what is He trying to tell us?
Matthew 17:1 – 3
Remember 2 Corinthians 3:18 where it says that as we behold with an unveiled face, as in a mirror, we are transfigured from glory to glory. We are transfigured or transformed and now six days have passed and on the 7th day Jesus was transfigured. His face started to shine, He took on a whole different apparel and even His clothes started shining. And when He was transfigured, the voice from heaven spoke: “This is My Son………hear Him”.
Hebreërs 1:1 – 3
Jesus Christ, who is the brightness of the glory of God, was transfigured on the 7th day on a high mountain and declared the Son of God. Then God also said the he is the One that we must hear or that we must listen to.
The vision must not be told before the resurrection. Why? Because the mystery that was hidden throughout the ages has only now (when He was resurrected) been revealed. Christ can now be in us – the Son of God and the Spirit. Romans 8 and Galatians 4 declare that God has poured out the Spirit of His Son in our hearts, crying: “Abba Father”. If this is true we are heirs; joint-heirs with Christ, heirs of the Most High God. So about this whole mystery, Jesus says to the disciples: “You have now seen it, but do not say anything about it. When I am resurrected, you can tell about this vision, but more than tell it – you can also live it”.
Christ was revealed on the 7th day.
Exodus 24:15 – 17
For 6 days the glory was there but on the 7th day God called out to Moses and say that for 6 days you were looking at the glory from the outside, now it is time to enter into this glory. The glory was there for 6 days, but now is the time to come into the glory – on the 7th day, on the Sabbath day which is called the day of rest. It is time to get a totally different idea of what God is calling rest.
We used to sing a song oh the glory of your presence. And then this song is saying so arise TO your rest and be blessed by our praise. It does not say that God must rise FROM His rest but that God must rise TO His rest. So this song is saying that it is time for God to stand up and come to His resting place. For 6 days there was glory. The 7th day is the Sabbath and God says that it is a holy day; a day on which God rested; a day which God blessed and on which God was refreshed. It was on the 7th day that God revived Himself. Jesus was transfigured on the 7th day and called the Son of God. For 6 days Moses saw the glory and on the 7th day went into the glory and God calls that the rest.
Luke 4:16 – 21
Jesus, on the 7th day (which was the Sabbath day) went into the synagogue and declared that He is the Anointed One. Anointed = Christ, so Jesus declared on the 7th day that He now is the Christ. Until this time He was called Jesus. Everybody called Him Jesus – His mother and father called Him Jesus. But now He has received the Holy Spirit when He was baptised and God said that He is His beloved Son in Whom He (God) was well pleased. He just came from the desert where He was tempted by the devil three times – “If you are the Son of God”. But now He is back and on the 7th day, not the 6th or 5th or 4th day but on the 7th day, the day called holy by God; the day God was refreshed and revived; the day that God blessed; on this 7th day He declared that He is now the Christ. Then Jesus goes on and say that He wants them to know what is going to happen on this the 7th day. On this 7th day the Scripture is fulfilled. On this day, the 7th day, He is going to set the captive free, bring healing to the sick, save the lost, bind the broken-hearted and looses them from the devil. This is what is now been fulfilled on the 7th day.