The Creation & The Sabbath
Genesis tells us the story of the 6-day creation week, followed by the first Sabbath. God’s relational love is introduced right away as he creates a perfect world, then personally forms the first two human beings to populate this planet.
Seventh-day Adventists hold to this creation account in Genesis and the idea of intelligent, loving design. The attention, foresight, and tender care God displays in this process inspires us to live grateful lives to honor our Creator.
To discover the meaning packed into the creation story, let’s look closely at:
- The creation week
- The first Sabbath, established immediately after
- How the Godhead spoke the earth into existence
- The importance of knowing God as our creator
- What the creation story means for us today
The Bible’s account of God creating the earth is more than just a documentation of the earth’s divine beginnings. It tells us who we are, where we came from, and what amazing things God has planned for humanity.
Not only did God “rest” on the seventh day, but He set this day aside for rest. He made it holy and blessed it, and commanded His living creation to rest as well.
The fourth commandment (Exodus 20:8-11) instructs mankind to remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. That remembrance is talking about the culmination of this very week of creation when God made time to enjoy this world with the human race He created.
Because the heavens and earth were finished, God paused. He asks us to pause with Him each week, as a reminder that He is our Creator, and this world was given to us to live in and help take care of.
We owe our very being to Him, and by spending time appreciating His creation, we honor Him and grow closer to Him.