Why did God rest on the seventh day? Is it because He was tired from all His work as some people have suggested? The bible doesn’t say this at all. Such an explanation suggests that God created the seventh day so that He could ‘recuperate’ from all of His hard work, there are many issues with this theory but I won’t go into them here. If God wasn’t tired and didn’t really need to rest, why did He? And why did He choose to rest on the seventh day at all, why not start again on day one?
I love the explanation highlighted in the Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) based on the Hebrew text which explains that God rested so that creation could begin to produce and create of and from itself (Genesis 2:3). God stopped working on the 6th day so that creation could start its own work on the 7th! Think about it this way, when a parent wants to teach a child to make something quite complex and difficult what does the parent do? A good parent would first of all show the child exactly how to create it and give the child instructions before giving him/her time and space to have a go for their self. This is exactly what God did, first He created of and from Himself, then He gave creation (‘Be fruitful and multiply’) and mankind (Genesis 1: 28) specific instructions before allowing creation to begin to create of, in and for itself. Continue reading