When God Created Rest
By Mark A. Finley
Rest is part of God’s divine cycle of life. We were not created to work without ceasing. Our bodies do much better when we have opportunity to rest. But rest is not just for our bodies. Have you ever lain down to sleep with something troubling you? If you are unusually worried, sleep may not come; you will have no rest. In today’s lesson, we shall discover how to experience total rest for our minds, as well as for our bodies.
1. How did God illustrate the importance of rest at Creation? What did He do Himself? Read the text below and write your answer on the line.
“And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done” (Gen. 2:2).
At creation God revealed the importance of rest by ______________________________________
on the seventh day from all His_____________________________________________________
2. Did God intend the Sabbath rest be His alone? Read the text below and circle two words that indicate God’s purpose for His people on Sabbath.
“Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work, which God had created and made” (Gen. 2:3).
It was God’s intent for all His created beings to receive spiritual, mental, and physical strength each Sabbath. He sanctified the day—set it apart—by placing a special blessing on it. Just as God “was refreshed” when He rested on the Sabbath (Ex. 31:17), there is a special refreshing for each of us on Sabbath.
3. What two descriptions of the Sabbath did Moses give? Read the text below and fill in the blanks.
“Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation.You shall do no work on it; it is the Sabbath of the Lord in all of your dwellings” (Lev. 23:3).
a. The Sabbath is a day of ____________________________and a ______________________.
b. What is a holy convocation? ____________________________________________________.
Notice the relationship between a holy convocation and rest. Each Sabbath as we worship the Creator of the universe we seek His care and love. We honor the One who created us and find complete rest in Him.
4. Where does physical, mental, and spiritual strength originate? Who is its source? Read the verses below and fill in the blanks.
“In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength” (Isa. 30:15).
“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him” (Ps. 37:7).
Our strength comes as we _____________________and _____________________ in the Lord.
The Sabbath calls us to find rest in the One who made us. It invites us to return to our roots. Each Sabbath is an opportunity to find life’s true center in our Creator.
5. The fourth commandment commands us to “remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Ex. 20:8). Why do you think God made this command? Read the text below and answer the questions.
“For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it” (Ex. 20:11).
God gave the Sabbath command to_____________________________________________________
6. Why did many of God’s Old Testament people never experience His “true rest”? Read the text below and write your answer on the line.
“So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief” (Heb. 3:19).
It takes faith in Jesus as our Creator and Redeemer to truly keep the Sabbath. Just as we rest in a completed creation, we rest in a completed redemption. We also rest in anticipation of the new creation that will take place at Jesus’ second coming.
7. How does the Book of Hebrews describe God’s invitation to each one of us? Read the text below and fill in the blank.
“There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His” (Heb. 4:9, 10).
God invites us to ___________________________________________________in Him.