Three reflections on the seven days of creation:
- God works for the good of his people (Gen 1.1-1.25)- John Sailhamer points out how Day 2 is the only day with no mention of “good.” And it’s because there was no real benefit for mankind with the mere separation of water from water. This highlights that God was really creating a good “land.”
- God wants his people to reflect Him (Gen 1.26-31)– Mankind is to bear God’s image. And God’s blessing is to “be fruitful and multiply.” And God called it “very good.” A land full of people who reflect the Creator is very good!
- Rest is a reminder about creation- (a) The Sabbath command is grounded on the fact that God rested on this seventh day. (b) There was no evening and morning like the other six days. We are still in the seventh day until God creates the new heavens and new earth. Rest reminds us about the new creation! (c) Jesus rose on the day after the Sabbath, on the first day of a new week. The resurrection brought in a spiritual new creation! Rest reminds us about creation and Christ!
In all this, do not miss the fact that “God said”, and things happened. God always creates by His Word! Pray for God to similarly create new hearts in unbelievers by the Word of His gospel.