“On the Seventh Day God Rested”…And How Much More
“How much more” was a common phrase in the ancient world that introduced a deeper meaning. We find these words in both the Tanach and the New Testament. In fact, much of what Yeshua taught was based on principles from the Torah with “how much more” added. Yeshua was guiding his followers to deeper meaning and practical application.
We can apply the concept of “how much more” when we search for deeper meaning in Scripture. Let’s practice with God’s completion of His creation.
On the seventh day God completed His work which He had done; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Gen 2:2
You might already know that the Hebrew word “rested” is our word for Shabbat. But what is significant to our study, which attempts to uncover “how much more,” is the expression of all three Hebrew verbs: completed, done (2 times), rested. All four usages of these verbs are in the completed sense of time. That is, Scripture tells us that God’s creation has been completed and is now completely complete.
But what a minute! What about the new heavens and the new earth, which are still future? And even more significant, what about God’s creation of mankind? In the same passage in Genesis we read that God created mankind in His own image, that is, perfect, holy and without sin.
God created man [mankind] in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Gen 1:27
Again, the Hebrew “created,” which is repeated three times in this verse, is in the completed sense of time.
Well, I don’t know about you. But I am not yet completely in God’s image, that is, holy, pure, perfect and without sin (how I wish….).
The only way to understand this mystery is through the Hebraic sense of time, which is not linear with points on a line. Linear time originated with the Greeks and came into our modern, western culture through the Romans. (We sometimes call it the Greco-Roman culture). By contrast, the Hebraic sense of time perceives God in time and time as one with God. Let’s apply this Hebraic concept of time to the principle of completion and perfection as it applies to mankind in God’s own image.
When we first belong to God He “sees” His children as perfect, that is, in His image. In our own experience we can see the same thing. A newborn baby is indeed perfect, without sin or blemish. Now let’s jump forward to the end time when God will complete His work of creation Only then will God’s children be able to enter His presence in a completely righteous condition. But now….. ah…..the “now” is the “how much morel”
Now we are in the “process” of becoming complete. By “complete” I mean a completely righteous condition as God is Righteous. But “process” refers to continuous, ongoing action. So how is this present sense of time related to God’s past completion of His creation and God’s future completion of that creation?
We remember that the Hebraic sense of time is not linear. Instead God is ever-present and infinite. So is the righteousness of God is ever-present and infinite in us. If you belong to God, He saw you as righteous in past time. He will complete righteousness in you at some time in the future. And He is working in you now through His son Yeshua to bring about righteousness in you now.
WHY IS RIGHTEOUSNESS IN YOU NOW SO IMPORTANT?
When we walk in righteousness now, which we do from time to time:
1. We manifest the righteousness that is in us. We witness God’s righteousness to the world
2. We are walking in the Kingdom of God
3. We enter the Sabbath res
So, on the next Sabbath, consider how much more “rest” is to God than merely the completion of all His work.