God rests from his work of natural
Gen. 2:1 "Thus the heavens and the earth
were finished, and all the host of them. 2 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. 3 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."
God created the heavens and the earth in six days and he
rested on the seventh day. One of the great evidences of creation is
that all nations on the earth observe a seven day week. This could not
have happened by chance or happenstance. God, himself, established the
week based on his time table for the creation of the heavens and the
The outline of the Sabbath is laid out for us in this
passage of scripture. The Hebrew word for Sabbath is used in the above
passage, only it is translated "rest." Seven is the bible number for
completion. The above passage shows the "completed work of God" in
creation and His "resting" from that completed work. Later, at Mt.
Sinai, God will establish the law of the Sabbath. The basis of the
Sabbath is that God worked six days and completed his work of natural
creation and then he rested from that completed work on the seventh
Under the Old Covenant, the observation of the Sabbath was
to give honor to God for having completed the work of natural creation
and then resting from that completed work on the seventh day. All that
observed that Sabbath day were given honor to God for having completed
the work of natural creation and resting on the seventh day. This
became the pattern that was to be observed under the law: six days work,
then rest on the seventh day. This was a timely rest based on a timely
"God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it…" Certainly
for man to rest one day a week was a blessing from God. The word,
sanctify, means to set apart. God set apart the day to be observed as a
day of rest and for man to give honor and glory to God for having
created the heavens and the earth.
Today, we rest in an even greater work than creation of the
heavens and the earth. We rest in Christ's finished work of redeeming
us from our sins. This is the Christian Sabbath: to rest (cease from
our works of trying to get right with God) in the finished work of Jesus
Christ who redeemed us from our sins on the cross of Calvary. This
gives honor and glory to Christ for his work of redemption.
For one not to rest on the Sabbath day under the Old
Covenant was to fail to give the proper honor and glory to God for His
work of natural creation. Likewise, for one to continue to try to
establish his righteousness by some works system fails to give honor and
glory to Christ for what he has already accomplished for us in the work
Creation of the woman
2:18 "And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be
alone; I will make him an help meet for him." …21 "And the LORD God
caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of
his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; 22 And the rib, which
the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto
the man. 23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my
flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man."
created man as a social creature. Most men and women dread loneliness.
Most of us want social interaction. While there may be the occasional
hermit, this is abnormal. While most animals desire some social
interaction, yet not like man desires social interaction. Man likes his
mind and his senses to be stimulated. Certainly God knew what he had
created and the nature of the creature he created.
created the woman from a rib of Adam. She was made of the very same
substance that the man was made of. Some have suggested that God made
the man superior to the woman. This cannot be. They are made of the
same substance. The woman was made from the rib of man. As Adam
declared she was "bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh." Thus,
whatever the substance the man was made of so was the woman.
designed to be an help meet for him. Notice the phrase is "help meet"
not "help mate." The word, meet, means suitable. While she was
designed to be an help meet for him, we learn elsewhere where he is also
a help to her: 1 Pet. 3:7 "Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them
according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker
vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your
prayers be not hindered." Thus, the man and the woman are in life's
struggles and life's pleasures together and work together for the common
good of the family.
seem the significance of the woman being taken from the side of man is
that she is to be at his side. If she was to be his head, then it would
have been appropriate that she be taken from his head. If she was to be
his servant, then it would have been appropriate that she be taken from
his feet. She was taken from his side next to his heart.
and the woman are complements of one another. The nature of the woman
is a complement of the nature of the man. Most men are not very good at
conversation, but are better at listening and logic. Most women are
very good conversationalists and more emotional creatures. Their being
together brings out the best of each and together that complement makes
for greater ability than each would have separately.