Ok Let's start in Genesis - from some old notes -- just stick to Genesis--no other reference right now.
The Bible doesn’t work that way, its one continuous book and in order to have the proper context you may need to find that in other areas of the Bible. The author for Genesis is the same author for at least 5 other chapters.
The first mention about the Sabbath can be found in Genesis:
Gen 2:1-3 "Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done."
I notice here a few facts:
1. Who rested on that first seventh day? Answer: God
Yes, as our example. God does not need rest.
2. Why did God rest on that day? Answer: Because He finished the work He had been doing.
Well lets read the whole scripture.
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.
God rested, blessed and sanctified the seventh day after working six days. The seventh day was always set apart from all other days according to God and is the
holy day of the Lord thy God (Exodus 20:10, Isaiah 58:13). God has always been our example and told us verbatim to do the same thing- work six days Exodus 20:9 , but the seventh day we are to rest from our work and keep the Sabbath holy, Exodus 20:8 just like God did at creation. Genesis 2:1-3
3. Was there any special name given to that first seventh day? Answer: The Bible only refers to it as the seventh day. No mention is given to it as being the Sabbath.
According to God: Exodus 20:10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath
of the Lord your God
God defines what the days are and what they mean. God determined from Creation that 6 days are working days Genesis 1, Exodus 20:9 and the seventh day is to be set aside as blessed, sanctified and holy Genesis 2:1-3, Exodus 20:8-11 This is God’s chosen day. On His authority, not what was changed by man. Daniel 7:25
4. Did Adam rest on that day? Answer: Unknown. The Bible does not specify one way or another that he did. He was created the day before, but nothing is said about his activities on that blessed day.
Jesus answers that question when He said the Sabbath was made for man. Mark 2:27 Man was created on the sixth day Genesis 1:26 before sin and before Jew. The very next day was the first Sabbath spent with God on His glorious holy day. When Jesus comes back the saints will once again worship the Lord in His presence every Sabbath. Isaiah 66:23
Please note something very particular. Every day of creation is followed by "there was evening, and there was morning" in Genesis. E.g.:
1. Gen 1:5: "And there was evening, and there was morning--the first day."
2. Gen 1:8: "And there was evening, and there was morning--the second day."
3. Gen 1:13: "And there was evening, and there was morning--the third day."
4. Gen 1:19: "And there was evening, and there was morning--the fourth day."
5. Gen 1:23: "And there was evening, and there was morning--the fifth day."
6. Gen 1:31: "And there was evening, and there was morning--the sixth day."
However, nowhere can this phrase be found attached to the seventh day. Nowhere does it say that there was evening, and there was morning-the seventh day!
Because God did not create anything on the seventh day. He rested from His work like the scripture states. Genesis 2:1-3. Days were already created on the fourth day Genesis 1:14-19.
What possible relevance can that have, you may ask. If no ending was given to the seventh day, could it be that it was meant that Adam and Eve would enjoy a perpetual rest in the garden of Eden? If you really think about it, they had no real work to perform. Except naming animals, perhaps: Gen 2:19-20 "Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the field." Now naming animals would be interesting, but does not require any hard work!
Sorry, I have no idea what are you talking about? The seventh day God rested, the days were already created. You are adding a lot that is not in scripture.
The next time the Bible records any task given to Adam and Eve was after they had sinned. Only then did they face hard work. It was a consequence of sin, and as a result, Adam and Eve lost their restful state in the garden of Eden. Gen 3:17-19: "To Adam he said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, 'You must not eat of it,' "Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return."
Now man had lost his innocence, his paradise, and he was going to experience hard work! His rest was gone. The blessing had turned into a curse!
It is also interesting to note that there is absolutely no reference in the Genesis story that states all mankind will keep the Sabbath. In fact, I cannot find any reference in the entire book of Genesis (which spans the first 1/3 of this earth's history!) any reference to humans keeping the seventh day as a day of rest.
Other institutions are mentioned as having been clearly established and followed in the Genesis account. Marriage is one of these: Gen 2:24 "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh."
This is food for thought. The Bible should be our only guide . . . Just stick to Genesis fright now--please do not jump ahead ; )
Eden was God’s perfect plan before sin. Sin separated man from God in Eden. Where there is no law, there is no sin Romans 4:15, so there had to be law in Eden before sin and law in Heaven.
The Israelites were keeping the Sabbath before Sinai. God gave them manna for six days and was told to gather double on the preparation day before the Sabbath day so obviously there was God’s law they were following before the commandment. Exodus 16:22-23
God said the Sabbath is a perpetual covenant Exodus 31:16 because it’s not just our holy day, its the day God claimed as His holy day from the beginning Genesis 2:1-3, Exodus 20:8-11, Isaiah 58:13 and God commanded us to keep holy the same day that is holy to Him Exodus 20:8. What message does one send when man chooses another day of worship on the day God deemed that we should do work, instead of the day God blessed, made holy and sanctified? We are told to worship God in Truth and Spirit John 4:24-25 which is what God is calling us back to Revelation 14:7
The Bible should be our only guide
Yes, I agree. I answered your questions and before I answer anymore of yours, please answer the following:
1. Where is the 4th commandment deleted in scripture?
2. Where does it say the first day (Sunday) is a new day of worship for God or for man?
3. Where did God bless the first day?
4. Where did God sanctify the first day?
5. Where does it say the first day is holy to God?
6. Where does it say the first day is a holy day to man?
7. Where is the commandment for Sunday keeping? Written by God’s own finger?
8. Where does it say keep the first day is a sign between God and His people?
9.Where does it say we are sanctified through keeping the first day?
If the Bible is your only guide these scriptures would surely be in there, right? Perhaps food for thought.