Recently I was watching an interview with Pastor Jon Tyson of New York; he shared an observation about the Sabbath. The following is my paraphrase and amplification:
We all understand that the creation account in Genesis records 7 days of activity. Not 6 days, but 7 days. For 6 days God created “creation”. On the 6th day he created humanity, Adam and Eve, and with the birthing of man, God gave us what has become commonly known as the “creation mandate:”
God blessed them, and God said to them,
“Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it;
and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air
and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” (Gen. 1:28)
The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to till it and keep it. (Gen. 2:15)
And on the seventh day, God rested; the act of creation is comprised of 6 days of work and 1 day of rest.
For six days God worked and on the seventh day, God rested. That is how the bible tells it.
On the sixth day Adam was born and on the next day, Adam rested. That is how God tells it.
Adam was created Imago Dei, in the image of God. The very first chapter of Genesis tells us that God is a creator, worker, planner, designer, inventor and Adam was created with the understanding and expectation that he would be the caretaker of the garden, the understudy, the junior partner in God’s creative work.
On the morning of the seventh day Adam woke, prepared to begin his work, for God and with God. He was full of life and vigor and enthusiasm but instead of fabricating tools, working the garden, caring for the animals, or asking God for the weather forecast, what did he do? We know what God did on day seven, but do we know what Adam did on day one?
When you envision the seventh day of creation, the Sabbath, what does it look like?
How did God spend the day?
How did Adam spend the day?
*It must be said that this line of thinking and questioning is not intended to exclude Eve who like Adam was created on the 6th day, as the same question should be asked of her as well; the question presented is not one of how humanity related in community together with God, but rather how do you relate individually with God and how do you understand his relating with you?