22 January 2017

A Sunday School Lesson: "And God Rested"--The Seventh Day

After six literal days and nights, the creation of the cosmos is complete. The cosmos means the land mass called earth, the dome above it, the celestial bodies that moved within the dome, and the terrestrial creatures that lived upon the earth--including mankind.

Then God rested.

 "Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.  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.  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." Genesis 2:1-3 

Some critics complain that if God is omnipotent as believers say, why then does he need rest? Well, the conventional biblical interpretation of this passage is that rested in this case simply means "ceased from labor"--not because of fatigue, but because creation was  complete. This makes sense. The whole story of creation seems silly; why engage in equally silly nitpicking?

Anyway, the next few posts will look in more detail at the biblical conception of the cosmos.

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