God took 6 days to create the universe and rested on the 7TH


#1

Can somebody help me address this …

God took 6 days to create the universe and rested on the 7TH, this does not sound like some all powerful thing to me.


#2

Please keep in mind the language of scripture in the Genesis account concerning creation. It is as much poetry and imagery as it is history. We need to think of the spiritual message and meaning of Genesis as opposed to a philosophical and scientific analysis.

Scripture uses numbers to convey meaning. Seven is a sign of fullness and perfection. It also means covenant. In Hebrew the word covenant literally means “to seven yourself.” The number six is a number of sin and evil and is thus associated with the beast in the book of Revelation where it speaks of 666. God created the world over the course of days. On the sixth day he created the beasts/animals. Man is meant for the covenant relationship with God. Man is meant for the seventh day in which God rested. Man is meant to enter that rest.

If we remain on the sixth day we are living in the flesh like the animals. If we live in the Spirit we have entered God’s rest which is the seventh day. It is the day of the covenant.

The seven days of creation also show us that God created man for himself. In the first creation account in Genesis it indicates that man was created first. This tells us that man is primary. Likewise, in the second creation account in Genesis God created man last as the pinnacle of His creation. This is an example of where we get the meanings in Genesis as opposed to scientific analysis.

God is all powerful and it makes little difference how he decided to create the universe, the world and mankind. He could have done it in a microsecond or over millions of years as we know them. God is outside of time and his wisdom is not our wisdom. The fact that he created everything should make you comfortable in his almighty power.

I hope all of this offers some help in answering your question. I really think it is a matter of perspective and looking at scripture the way it is intended to be read.


#3

The tradition of declaring every seventh day holy was obviously well established long before the Genesis account was written.

We don’t know exactly how it developed, but probably it is one quarter of a lunar month. Of course it also looks forwards to the New Testament - Jesus arrived in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, died on Friday, spent Saturday in the tomb, and started up again on Sunday.


#4

God rested not because He needed rest or anything, He rested firstly to rejoice in and enjoy His creation and secondly to set US the example of keeping every seventh day as a Sabbath.

Just as Jesus was circumcised and baptised and Mary purified in the Temple. Not because they needed to do any of these things, rather to set us the example to do these things which are, as Jesus said to John, ‘fitting for all righteousness’.


#5

Pope benedict wrote a good commentary about the 6th days creation and the 7th day of rest.

The point of it is to dedicate one days exclusively to God, the sabath inicialy in the OT eventualy it was the sunday the day in which Jesus rouse form the death.

In my opinion I think It dosent have to do with a chronological creation. It has to do more with the first covenant established by God and mankind, about dedicating one day to God.

The bible was not meant to depict science but religiosity. Say you cant find religiosity in a book about math. Science and Theology are not basicaly the same thing neither.
Religiousity dosent intend to explain a scientific creation but it used a religious and allegorial language to explain spiritual trues.


#6

He didn’t rest 'cause He was tired. He rested 'cause He was done.


#7

It was not written for you, or me - or for any of us now living :slight_smile:

It comes from an environment in which gods were thought of as being human-like, but on a much larger scale than men. Having God take a rest after working reflects this.

Of much greater theological importance is the fact that He rests on the Sabbath - by doing so, He sanctifies it, so that His People are also to rest upon it. The author of this part of Genesis is very interested in when things are done - this passage is part of a chronological plan, which is another reason why it (& the whole of chapter 1) is important. That’s why God is said to act as a man might act, in making & then resting. Nowhere, BTW, is God said to be weary - which may be a hint that He is not like other gods.

The creation-accounts in Genesis lose a lot of their meaning because the people who composed them would have been familiar with other creation accounts by other gods - most readers of this chapter are not, so the difference between this, & those, is not noticed. The God of Israel does not fight other gods, and use the blood of one them in forming man, for example; he does not have fight or kill at all. That is because He is alone God, so He acts with limitless freedom & limitless power. He has only to say the word - & what He says, is.

The accounts of creation in Genesis (there are others in the OT, or fragments of them) are ethically & theologically far superior to those of the neighbours of Israel, with their stories of creation through violence or incest or something similar. But all this is missed :(, & people ask the text to answer questions it was never intended to answer - as though it were an oracle; which debases it terribly :frowning:

FWIW, & since there is progress in the knowledge of God (even in the Bible), Ecclesiasticus (AKA Sirach) 18.1 says that “God created all things together”.


#8

**Seconded!
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#9

Thank you for the replies.


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