In Genesis 2:3, what are the practical implications of God "blessing" and "sanctifying" the seventh day?:

Gen 2:3 Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God stopped working on everything that he had been creating.

And since this predates the giving of Torah is it safe to assume that the day is still blessed and holy?

  • @Joshua If I said, "I've blessed and made holy Thursday", what would be the difference between Thursday and Tuesday, if any? What features does a holy day have that a common day has? None? I'm distinguishing "practical implications" from mere descriptors. If I said you were a holy man, what it mean in measurable ways? Do you get my drift?
    – user10231
    Commented Aug 31, 2016 at 17:11
  • @Joshua Are you saying that you still don't understand the question? Last try: Is there any difference between a day that is blessed and holy and one that is not, other than the descriptors?
    – user10231
    Commented Aug 31, 2016 at 17:35
  • so you're asking what the implications are to a day being blessed or sanctified. Not what are the implications of the blessing to us, creation, God, or anything else? Ok I see. May I suggest a slight rewording to direct it back to the day itself instead of implications of the blessing itself?
    – Joshua
    Commented Aug 31, 2016 at 17:44
  • @Joshua Please move on to somebody else's question. Thanks and have a great day.
    – user10231
    Commented Aug 31, 2016 at 17:46

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Q: since this predates the giving of Torah is it safe to assume that the day is still blessed and holy?

A: yes. The giving of the manna shows that the seventh day was holy before the Law:

he said to them, “This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Tomorrow is a day of solemn rest, a holy Sabbath to the Lord; bake what you will bake and boil what you will boil, and all that is left over lay aside to be kept till the morning.’” (Exodus 16:23 ESV)

Blessing the seventh day was an act of creation which established the Sabbath. This act was no different than creating the sun or the moon or any physical object. The proof of any work of creation is its existence following the work of creation. The Sabbath is post-creation evidence that the seventh day was blessed and so remains blessed.

The Law given at Sinai, did not establish the Sabbath; it extended the Sabbath from an individual to a corporate obligation:

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. Exodus 20:8-11 ESV)

In addition, Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath (Matthew 12:8, Mark 2:28, Luke 6:5) and Jesus has authority over all things in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18). The dissolution of the Sabbath would alter His authority.

Q: What are the practical implication of God blessing and sanctifying the seventh day?

If this is seeking to understand the manner or nature of the actual blessing, then any answer will be speculative. However, there are some basic assumptions which can be made. First, the act of blessing would likely begin when the seventh day begin and continue until it was over. The events in the Garden of Eden indicate the LORD God was on the earth on the sixth day. Therefore He could bless and observe that day.

A meaning of bless is to kneel. [H1288-barak] It is possible the LORD God knelt for the 24-hour period. It also means to prasie, celebrate, or adore. It is possible the LORD God did this. While it is speculation, it seems likely actions constituting the blessing would be done on the earth by the LORD God and they begin when the seventh day started and continue until it ended.

The first man and woman would be present when the seventh day was blessed and so the knowledge of the Sabbath before the Law (as shown in Exodus 16) would come from the actual events.

  • (+1) for answering the first question with evidence from Exodus 16. Also, it hadn't occurred to me that God did anything but take it easy on that day, nor that he would have set an example. So would an implication be that anyone who doesn't rest up on the 7th day is committing a violation of some kind?
    – user10231
    Commented Dec 10, 2016 at 18:39
  • Yes. I would caution against becoming overly legalistic as to what constitutes observing the Sabbath. Also against ignoring it altogether. While Jesus did not follow the dictates of scribes and Pharisees regarding the Sabbath, it is clear He did observe it. As a Christ follower we should do not ignore it. He is Lord of the Sabbath and if His followers fail to acknowledge the Sabbath in some sense we are stripping Him of that position. Commented Dec 11, 2016 at 16:46
  • Matthew 19:8 seems to provide a precedent for the implications of creation being more reliable than that of Sinai: Mat 19:8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.
    – user10231
    Commented Dec 11, 2016 at 20:03

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