In the Old Testament course at The Way of Life Bible Institute in Richmond, Virginia, the Book of Genesis is taught starting with Creation. After God had finished creating the world in six days, He rested.
The word “Sabbath” means “day of rest.”
The Sabbath is really the practice of observing one day in seven as a time for rest and worship. Do not confuse it with a specific day of the week. Any day could be the Sabbath. This practice apparently originated in creation because God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh day. (Genesis 2:2) By this act, God ordained a pattern for living that people should work six days each week and should rest one day a week.
The Sabbath is a means by which our living pattern imitates God’s pattern. Work is followed by rest. (Exodus 20:3-11)
The Christian Sabbath
Some religious groups celebrate their Sabbath on Friday, some on Saturday and Christians celebrate on Sunday. Most Christians believe God still expects us to set aside one day in seven for Him. We believe that because of the order of creation and the moral code of the Ten Commandments, we are still in covenant to observe the Sabbath.
Historically, Christians usually observe Sunday, the first day of the week as the Christian Sabbath because Jesus arose on the first day of the week (Matthew 28:1) and thereafter the New Testament church regularly worshipped on Sunday. (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2). This day on which Jesus arose was called the Lord’s Day. (Revelation 1:10)
Sabbath rest is also a time for God’s people to think about and enjoy what God has accomplished in their lives.
The Sabbath ncludes the idea and practice of celebration, rest, or salvation. To this end, God declared that His Sabbath was a day for public convocation (Leviticus 23:3), a special time for His people to gather together in public worship to signify their submission to His lordship over them and their way of living. (Exodus 31:13; Ezekiel 20:12) The idea of Sabbath celebration includes the Sabbath as a sacrament, a gift of God that allows people to enter into God’s rest (salvation).
God finished the work of creation. He said, “It is very good.” Then he rested to enjoy it. (Genesis 2:2)
If God could create a whole world in six days, we should be able to do what we have to do in that time period so we can also rest and be refreshed on the Sabbath.
Remember the Sabbath Day and keep it holy. (Exodus 20:8)