Why did God need to rest on the Seventh Day of creation?

by Matt Slick

"And by the seventh day God completed His work which He had done; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done." (Gen. 2:2).

God rested not because he was tired but because he had "completed His work" (Genesis 2:2). God, who is infinite in power, scope, knowledge, etc., does not need to rest from fatigue. Being tired is a function of biological organisms, and God is not a biological organism. God is described in the Bible as being spirit (John 4:24), and spirit does not have flesh and bones (Luke 24:39). Therefore, God is not biologically-based. Furthermore, God is eternal in both the past and the future (Psalm 90:2), and he is the only God (Isaiah 43:10; 44:6, 8; 45:5). This means that God is eternally existent in a self-sufficient manner. This further means that God does not need any outside energy source to complete him or replenish him because he's completely self-sufficient. Therefore, God getting tired makes no sense.

Also, the seventh day of God's rest has not yet ended. In the previous six days, each has a morning and evening but the seventh day does not. Therefore, the seventh day is, so to speak, ongoing; and God has been quite busy in the world.

Finally, God's rest on the seventh day is typological in the rest we have in Christ (Matthew 11:28). On the seventh day, which is the Sabbath day, the day of rest, Christians cease from their work--just as God did. But where we need to be replenished, God does not.




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