Posted by: biblestudyseattle | October 17, 2016

After the Sabbath

It is intriguing to think about what YHWH will do after his Sabbath of rest.

On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work.  And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation.”  Genesis 2:2-3

We are commanded a similar thing:

Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.  You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, and any foreigners living among you.  For in six days the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy.”  Exodus 20:8-11

It is clear from these passages that we are to rest from our regular work, not all work.  Jesus clarified this:  “On another Sabbath day, a man with a deformed right hand was in the synagogue while Jesus was teaching.  The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees watched Jesus closely. If he healed the man’s hand, they planned to accuse him of working on the Sabbath.  But Jesus knew their thoughts. He said to the man with the deformed hand, “Come and stand in front of everyone.” So the man came forward.  Then Jesus said to his critics, “I have a question for you. Does the law permit good deeds on the Sabbath, or is it a day for doing evil? Is this a day to save life or to destroy it?”  He looked around at them one by one and then said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” So the man held out his hand, and it was restored!  At this, the enemies of Jesus were wild with rage and began to discuss what to do with him.”  Luke 6:6-11  

So the Jewish leaders began harassing Jesus for breaking the Sabbath rules.  But Jesus replied, “My Father is always working, and so am I.”  John 5:16-17

YHWH’s regular work is creating.  He has ceased from creation for a total of 7,000 years, which are not complete yet.  But when that’s over, look out!  What will YHWH create in the future?  And, since it found it desirable to create through his son last time, will he not do that with the sons of God the next time?  And aren’t we called sons of God?  Furthermore, we are called:

“What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation.”  Galatians 6:15

The eighth day begins the new creation.  Is that why there is a special day on the eighth day of Sukkot?  “And the Lord said to Moses, “Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. Begin celebrating the Festival of Shelters on the fifteenth day of the appointed month—five days after the Day of Atonement.  This festival to the Lord will last for seven days.  On the first day of the festival you must proclaim an official day for holy assembly, when you do no ordinary work.  For seven days you must present special gifts to the Lord. The eighth day is another holy day on which you present your special gifts to the Lord. This will be a solemn occasion, and no ordinary work may be done that day.”  Leviticus 23:33-36

If we will not be a new creation until the eighth day, it begs the question ‘what happens to us now’.  Another interesting question is whether YHWH’s creative action in the first six yoms limited or precluded Satan’s rebellion.  The ‘Fall’ of man commenced at the start of the seventh yom, when YHWH was ceasing from his creative work.

 

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