In Genesis2verses1-3 God finishes creation by sanctified rest

Here is what Genesis2verses1-3 say:

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. 3 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.

Comments about other translations:

Some modern translations imply that the creation was complete “by the seventh day”. The KJV and Amplified say, I would add, correctly, that the creating work of God was completed “on the seventh day”. The Amplified says in verse 3 “And God blessed (spoke good of) the seventh day, set it apart as His own, and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all His work which He had created and done.”.

Commentary on the meaning:

Though not part of Genesis chapter 1, these verses are included here, since they finish summarizing what is often called “Creation Week”.

As noted just above, that seventh day was special to God. He “sanctified” it; it was holy to Him. That is one reason some Christians believe the seventh-day Sabbath remains the day that we are to set aside for worshipping God.

Although there are sound New Testament reasons not to require the keeping of a seventh-day (i.e., literal, by the calendar) Sabbath by Christians today, the importance of these verses is not diminished. God had His chosen nation of Israel (before Christ came to earth in the flesh, to be one of us) remember the seventh day Sabbath and sanctify it. It was a picture, or type, of the peace and holiness that come with the ultimate fulfillment of mankind being in the Kingdom of God.

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