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What would lead God to set a limit to His creative activity and mark the occasion by hallowing the seventh day?

Clearly by ceasing His creation, the Creator stoops to the level of His creatures because God’s heart desire is to be with His creation. The relation marker becomes clear! This is true because God is love! And God’s love “does not seek its own” 1Corinthians 13:5, NKJV “is not self-seeking” 1Corinthians 13:5, NIV or “never seeks its own advantage or does not insist on its own way ” 1Corinthians 13:5

Indeed, the reason why He refrains from further activity on the seventh day is that He has found the object of His love and has no need for any further works!

This is a staggering thought. On the one hand, God’s love thus magnifies human value, showing forth in bold print the worth of human beings to God! On the other hand, the seventh day thus understood brings God’s love into focus at Creation, placing love at the front and center of God’s character and activity from the very beginning.

In the New Testament John makes love the centerpiece of his description of God. “Whoever does not love, does not know God, for God is love. 1John 4:8. Love is God’s defining attribute from the beginning. From first to last love is the wellspring from which all other actions radiate and around all else unites.

What is most important about God at Creation is that God is love. 1John 4:16. God ceases from working on the seventh to enjoy the company of the person God has created. It is as if we hear God speaking, “I am ceasing on the seventh day not only that you may acknowledge and love me, but in order to make it known that I recognize and love you.

I pray that the lost meaning of The Sabbath will come alive in your heart right now and cause you to have an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.

Thanks to Sigev K. Tonstad.

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9 thoughts on “The Sabbath”Rest”Is God’s Love- A Brief Bible Study

  1. Is this the physician Sigve Tonstad who wrote :on” God’s Coercive or Persuasive Power in the Book of Revelation” ? And / or “A Deliberate Snub”?
    If it is he seems to thrive on controversial subjects and themes.

  2. Thanks for your comment Harold. I appreciate it.
    I do know Sigve Tonstad is a Physician. I do not know about his other writings you mentioned.
    I do know though that his book on the Sabbath has been a real blessing to me.
    Thanks always for your comments!!
    Happy Sabbath!!

  3. What a God – He comes to man and says “you haven’t done anything yet – lets have a day off” The gospel order is established – rest comes before works

  4. Thanks for your comment Ken!!
    Your right we do serve an awesome God Who loves us with an everlasting love!! Praise God!! Jeremiah 31:3
    God bless you Ken and please visit and comment often!!

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