“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 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” – Genesis 2: 1-3
LIGHT FOR NOW: A man enters into the rest of God by believing in the Gospel.
Most people do not know exactly what happened to Adam in the garden or what he actually did. If it was killing or fornication, who could have been involved? Let’s see what really took place as we begin our study with our theme text. The word “finished” was translated from the Hebrews word “kalah” and it implies to come to conclusion. The word “rested” in verse 2 was translated from the Hebrews word “shabath” which implies to do nothing; without actions. It actually means to stop. And in verse 3, the phrase “that in it he hath rested” is the Hebrew word “shabath” which implies to do nothing. And there is no way this would refer to God because in verse 3 the writer said He finished His work and he now said “do nothing”; He could not have been asking Himself to do nothing. Rather, God would have been referring to a third party and not Himself. The question therefore is who then was to do nothing? The writer of Hebrews carefully explained this text (Genesis 2:3) in his epistles: “For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, as I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, and God did rest on the seventh day from all his work. And in this place again, if they enter into my rest” (Hebrews 4:3-6). Observe the key words, “seventh day”; “the works were finished from the foundation of the world” and also the “rest” of God (my rest). He said, we which have believed do enter into rest (verse 3). Hence, “the rest” was made by God for man; man was to enter into the rest by his faith in the promise, the Gospel of Christ.
The writer in verse 5 quoted Psalms 95:1 “Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.” And this statement by David was made several years after Genesis 2. So, the seventh day was not referring to days or a particular day in the week, as the writer explains it further in the proceeding verses “And in this place, if they shall enter into my rest. Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief”(Hebrews 4:5-6). They did not enter because of unbelief and this was specifically unbelief in the promise; in the Gospel. “Let us therefore fear lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preach, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it” (Hebrew 4: 1-2). Thus a man enters into the rest of God by believing in the Gospel. So evidently, what Adam did in Genesis 2 was disobedience; unbelief in the promise of God (His rest). And this was what Paul explained in Romans 5:17-19. Adam rejected the offer of God; he did not receive the rest of God. Righteousness is faith in what God has done. Becoming righteous and remaining righteous are all by grace through faith in Christ. As long as Jesus is alive, the believer remains righteous. Jesus’ life is our guarantee to remain righteous forever.
INSTRUCTION: Believe the gospel.
PRAYER: For I affirm that in Christ, I have entered into the rest of God – Glory!
QUOTE: Righteousness is not from man, it is a gift from God.
DAILY READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 14; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 16