My question is twofold. Does God rest every Sunday and if so when does His Sunday begin and end? I think you can see another question in my questions and it is “Did God only rest one day?”
If we assume that God rested, or rests on the Sabbath, then what time does God’s Sabbath start and end?
Yes, I know what Genesis 2:2&3 says so just bear with me a little while.
Let us say that I am in Cincinnati and my Sunday has just started. The people in California will not start their Sunday until three more hours have past. Is God on my time, or California time, or whose time? Who is it that goes with out the protection and care of God for a twenty four hour period? If God rests every Sabbath then we all do. I just wonder when that twenty four hour period is.
If you follow the same logic when does God’s Sabbath end? If it ends on my time then the people in California still have three more hours of Sabbath and those to the east of me are already into Monday and God would have to be at work for them. I think that you can see that there really is no Sabbath for God: if you use the sun as the standard that is.
When I consider the question of God’s rest I think of what Elihu said (Job 34:14&15 NIV) “If it were his intention and he withdrew his spirit and breath, all mankind would perish together and man would return to the dust.” It stands to reason that if God rested He would have had to withdraw to do so.
Then we have the words of Jesus that were spoken on a Sabbath, (John 5:17 NIV) “Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working.”” If God had finished His work and rested, could have Jesus said this?
If one uses the sun as the standard for determining the length of God’s days these verses can not be reconciled.
The bible says (Gen 2:2 NIV) By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. If God has yet to rest (John 5:17) then this verse is prophetic and has yet to be fulfilled.
The only way that I can see for all of these verses to agree is that God’s days are not the same as our days and God has yet to enter His rest. Said a different way, all of the days spoken about creation are very long days and are yet to be completed, because God can not have rested (all mankind has not perished). You can see that God created days before He created the sun to govern our days, so the first three days could not have been governed by the sun and in order to be consistent the rest of the days would not be governed by the sun. God’s rest (seventh day) will not depend on, or be governed by the sun (Rev 21:23&24 – 22:5).
Yes, I know that I have repeated myself a few times.
What do you think? Can you reconcile these verses a different way?