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. 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. (Gen. 2:1-3)
† 2:1-3 Perhaps if God hadn’t spent so much time resting on the seventh day of Creation, He could have used this time to instruct Archbishop of Canterbury, Stephen Langton, and Dominican philologist Santi Pagnini into dividing the Bible into chapters and verses correctly. If God had, these three verses would be in the first chapter of Genesis where they belong, and not standing out in the second chapter like an unfortunate erection at the blackboard (or a “sore thumb” for the less vulgar).
Would Jesus have caught Holy Hell from the Pharisees and the Sadducees if God had not rested on the seventh day? Jesus is the one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work, like restoring a man’s withered hand as the other on the sabbath day, therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people (Ex. 31:14). How vulgar are the Jews to get so riled at a man picking up his bed and walking for the first time in thirty and eight years (Jn. 5:10-16)? Are they mad because he picked up his bed on the Sabbath or are they irate at the fact that this poor man they belittled for thirty-eight years has, in an instant, had this status in society restored? They choose to persecute the poor man with accusatory questions threatening him with death or exile. Satan uses their horror at the healing of this paralytic man on the Sabbath to uncover which miracle-worker is so brazen to audaciously heal on the Sabbath. The Sabbath must be kept holy and if it is not the punishment is death. Satan relishes using people’s faith in God to demean their own humanity. To the disobedient Jews, there can be no work done on the Sabbath because it was the day that the LORD rested after six days of Creation. No Jew could do any work; nor could the Jew allow any work to be done for them. The fourth Commandment is particular and peculiar in that Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it (Ex. 20:9-11). To modern American Christians, this is limited to a particular Christian-oriented, homophobic, chicken-sandwich restaurant being closed on Sundays. Modern Christians do not understand the importance the Jews, both in antiquity and today, place on the Sabbath. Christians have gone so far as to change the very day of the week the Sabbath is celebrated on, belying the importance of Easter. Jesus chose to be willful of this most fundamental facet of Jewish identity. Only St. Paul has the arrogance of his Master when he writes, Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days (Col. 2:14-16). Praise Jesus! Amen!