I am a “numbers” guy so the idea of seven is very interesting to me. It is most often viewed as the number of completion. The creation was completed in seven days according to the Bible. The rainbow is significant to God’s promises and it has seven colors. The Israelite’s marched around Jericho seven times and the walls collapsed. Read through the Book of Revelation and you will see the number 7 over fifty times. This speaks of the last things and the completion of the present age. I am fascinated by these references but I am mostly thinking about the one in seven principle that fills the Bible. It is sometimes referred to as Sabbath-rest, the Lord’s Day, and the first day of the week which all point back to the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the culmination of his victory over sin and death with his second coming.
How do we honor his resurrection and adhere to the rhythm that is announced in the creation story? “By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.” (Genesis 2:2-3) This principle is connected to the well-being of mankind and the prescription dictated by God. For most of us the suggestion that we should or even could clear our calendars once a week brings nothing but a cynical smile or a wishful sigh. It is so rare that the practice has faded from reality. It seems nothing more than an ancient notion with no possibilities for modern living. We have lost the art of “Sevening,” and because of it our lives are more and more wound up, wounded and wrecked.
I will address these relevant topic on Sunday March 5th. I cannot think of a spiritual principle that is more ignore than this one. Time to commune with our Creator, to rest in his presence, to focus on his Word and to join our church family in praise and thanksgiving were part of God’s original plan and will be his directive until we enjoy unending rest and praise in eternity. How do you respond to this creation ordinance of honoring the Lord’s Day with the rhythm of rest?