Thoughts on Genesis, the Sabbath, and the Creation
Here are some thoughts I have had while reading Genesis, Chapters 1 of the King James version of the Bible.
It says in Genesis 1 that God first creates the heavens and the earth. He creates them in this order:
2. Separation of Day and Night
3. Separation of the water and the Heavens
4. Creation of the sea
5. Creation of dry land and the separation of the water and the Earth
6. He calls his creations "good"
This all took 3 days, at least in the sense of days according to God. Next he creates plants, animals, and finally Man and Woman in that order. He created these things in the next 3 days and on the final day, the seventh day, he rests from his labors.
This is the point I want to emphasize. God rested from his labors on the seventh day. This is why we separate days into weeks. We work for 6 days and then celebrate the Sabbath. However, Sunday, the Sabbath day, changed when Jesus atoned for the sins of mankind and was lifted up on the cross. He was resurrected on Sunday, while the Jews still celebrate the original Sabbath on Saturday. So, Christians actually celebrate Christ's resurrection on Sunday, while the Jews still follow the law of Moses and celebrate the Sabbath, by resting from their labors in memory of the creation, on Saturday. I think that no matter what sect or denomination of Christianity one belongs to, one should set aside the Sabbath as a day of rest, and a day commemorating the resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ. In Genesis, Chapter 2, Verse 3, it reads, "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." Isn't it also the 4th commandment, to "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all they work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates."
It always humbles me to realize that God created this entire earth for me and all of mankind, so that we can prove to God that we truly love him and are willing to come unto Christ and be saved by his atonement. I am not perfect, nobody is except Jesus Christ. We all sin, but we can become perfect through Christ as stated in 2 Corinthians 12:9. "My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."