January 9, 2021
The heavens and the earth and all who live in them were completed. 2 On the sixth day God completed all the work that he had done, and on the seventh day God rested from all the work that he had done. 3 God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all the work of creation. 4 This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created.
While we don't often think about Sabbath as a biblical story, the idea of resting, stepping away from our labors, weaves its way throughout the narrative. Having just come off an extended sabbatical (Sabbath), I can tell you that I am grateful!
Here's what I want us to notice today...something I have not thought about until recently. According to Genesis, God creates humanity, then immediately gifts them with Sabbath - even before any labor begins! The lesson in this telling is that Sabbath is IMPORTANT! Rest is important. Humanity is loved by God not because of accomplishments or proving of worth - we are loved simply because that is God's nature!
I think there are several lessons to be wrought from the placement of Sabbath rest in the larger narrative of creation - perhaps the most crucial is that we need not earn God's love or God's desire for relationship with us.
Tomorrow - there will be another lesson to learn. But for today, hold onto the truth that the love that God has for us is not based on what we DO but rather on who God IS.
Blessings and peace!