Genesis 2:1-3 "Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them,
were finished. 2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had
done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.
3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He
rested from all His work which God had created and made. Exodus 20:8-11 “
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do
all your work, 10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God.
In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your
male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger
who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and
the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day.
Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it."
Patriarchs and Prophets: "Creation" Pages 47-48/13-14: The creation was now
complete. "The heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of
them." "And God saw everything that He had made, and, behold, it was very
good." Eden bloomed on earth. Adam and Eve had free access to the tree of
life. No taint of sin or shadow of death marred the fair creation. "The
morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy." Job
The great Jehovah had laid the foundations of the earth; He had dressed the
whole world in the garb of beauty and had filled it with things useful to
man; He had created all the wonders of the land and of the sea. In six days
the great work of creation had been accomplished. And God "rested on the
seventh day from all His work which He had made. And God blessed the seventh
day, and sanctified it: because that in it He had rested from all His work
which God created and made." God looked with satisfaction upon the work of
His hands. All was perfect, worthy of its divine Author, and He rested, not
as one weary, but as well pleased with the fruits of His wisdom and goodness
and the manifestations of His glory.
After resting upon the seventh day, God sanctified it, or set it apart, as a
day of rest for man. Following the example of the Creator, man was to rest
upon this sacred day, that as he should look upon the heavens and the earth,
he might reflect upon God's great work of creation; and that as he should
behold the evidences of God's wisdom and goodness, his heart might be filled
with love and reverence for his Maker.
In Eden, God set up the memorial of His work of creation, in placing His
blessing upon the seventh day. The Sabbath was committed to Adam, the father
and representative of the whole human family. Its observance was to be an
act of grateful acknowledgment, on the part of all who should dwell upon the
earth, that God was their Creator and their rightful Sovereign; that they
were the work of His hands and the subjects of His authority. Thus the
institution was wholly commemorative, and given to all mankind. There was
nothing in it shadowy or of restricted application to any people.
God saw that a Sabbath was essential for man, even in Paradise. He needed to
lay aside his own interests and pursuits for one day of the seven, that he
might more fully contemplate the works of God and meditate upon His power
and goodness. He needed a Sabbath to remind him more vividly of God and to
awaken gratitude because all that he enjoyed and possessed came from the
beneficent hand of the Creator.
God designs that the Sabbath shall direct the minds of men to the
contemplation of His created works. Nature speaks to their senses, declaring
hat there is a living God, the Creator, the Supreme Ruler of all. "The
heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth His handiwork.
Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge." Psalm
19:1, 2. The beauty that clothes the earth is token of God's love. We may
behold it in the everlasting hills, in the lofty trees, in the opening buds
and the delicate flowers. All speak to us of God. The Sabbath, ever pointing
to Him who made them all, bids men open the great book of nature and trace
therein the wisdom, the power, and the love of the Creator.