In The Beginning, There was Seven

It is hard to imagine a more auspicious beginning for the seventh day than the one put forward in the first book of the Bible. “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all the work that He had done.  So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because in it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation” (Genesis 2:1-3). In this passage, the seventh day makes a spectacular entry. But, once we look more closely at text and context, will our first impressions be sustained concerning the creation account of the seventh day.

First of all, the writer does not hang the seventh day upon nothing. Nor is the written content merely to anchor the seventh day to a great occasion in the maze of human history. Instead, Genesis inseparably ties the seventh day to the foundation event in human and creaturely existence, creation. The seventh day is a feature of creation, and it serves as the capstone of creation. It comes forth at the dawn of history as the first signifier of the character and meaning of creation.

Second, this creation must be understood as an achievement that is the exclusive prerogative of God. It features God’s sovereign action, engaged in a pursuit for which there is no corresponding human activity.

Third, the seventh day is not introduced accidentally or haphazardly. Instead, the seventh day is an immediate fact of creation, belonging to it and completing it, a day without which creation remains in limbo.

Notice Genesis 2:2 deliberately states its purpose and describes it in two pairs or sets of carefully worded pairs. First, it declares, “On the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day.” The statement “finished the work he had done” serves as a report on the fact that God had now completed the work of creation.

In the second pair, Genesis announces that “God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it” (Genesis 2:3).  This reports a specific act concerning the seventh day.  Here God marks out the occasion’s significance to take the matter of its interpretation into God’s own hands. If the first of these pairs is retrospective, the second looks forward as an indicator of its permanence. By the act of hallowing the seventh day, God drives the stake of His divine presence into the soil of human time.

Therefore being part of creation, God gave the seventh-day immense prestige from the very beginning. Both divine purpose and action are involved in a way that gives the seventh-day significance far beyond anything situational or temporary. The Creator’s action in the Genesis account brings a degree of distinction to the seventh day that presents a formidable deterrent to degrading it.

Published by The Bible In Your Hand

Hi, I am Pastor Lester Bentley, a devoted husband, father, and Pastor for the Northeastern Wyoming District of the Rocky Mountain Conference of Seventh-day Adventist. I am committed to the great gospel commission as stated in Matthew 28:19, 20.

5 thoughts on “In The Beginning, There was Seven

  1. What a lovely insight a bout the seventh day. Could you please be in a position to help me understand some vision / mental image one of our mastermind shared as follows:
    “It was a scene of himself as the only lay person at the airport with all African Cardinal bishops( Catholic) aboarding the plane enroute to Vatican to meet with the current Pope.
    And within the list where there names were written with cardinals’ his name was number seven.
    They were being called name by name from number one to the last as they get into the plane before the plane takes off,marking the end of the scene.”
    Kindly help me understand this since it could be of great significance to our team.
    Thanks and God’s blessings.


    1. Hi, Thanks for commenting on the post. Very sorry I have not responded sooner, it has been a very busy day of ministry. I really cannot respond to the meaning of the dream, however maybe this will help. Beside representing the last day of the creation week, and the Sabbath in the Bible. The number seven in the Bible represents completeness and perfection. Hope this helps.

      Pastor Lester


      1. Hello Rev pastor Lester,
        Thanks for your time and feedback and I believe its gonna help somehow in understanding the message.
        However,kindly never be fed up with my many questions.
        I am a Catholic believer,but am born again and God endowed me with the above intercession ministry.
        The ministry was prophetically conceived in 2002 and the Lord led me to marry in a pentecostal church family with my mother in law having played a major role in my marriage claiming the lord spoke to her about my marriage to her daughter four years before our meeting and all she told her lady about me before even seeing me were true.
        Our ministry was also again endowed with an ecumenism work that was defined to us with a Catholic nun from Texas,United States who later flew to Kenya and gave us a one week workshop training and invited the bishop to pray over me for the mission of my ecumenism call,where we pray for the pastors’ ministries work,Christians and evangelization as a whole.
        Our work is Catholic Missionary intercession but in most cases we work even with pentecostals,evangelicals,etc.
        I have two concerns to share as follows:
        1.) There was an image I had that I was completely in a fix unable to raise even a meal to my family.
        I then went to our local parish to ask for help from our priest in charge but he dismissed me telling me they don’t have such programs in the parish.
        As I was walking outside the church gate,I saw a Pentecostal like church across the road and when the presiding priest saw me from a distant,he came running to me asifiwe someone acting on some prior knowledge of what was happening.
        He came and embraced me,welcome me to his church,fed me and served me with all the family needs I was in need of and then bid me bye in cheers and love.
        Note: This is the position I am at having been conditionally evicted from my job in May 02,to concentrate on the ministry.

        2.) There was also an image of my mother having taken goods to the market for sale and the willing buyers came in large numbers overcrowding her.
        But to my surprise,she declined to sell to the buyers claiming that she could not sell before my wife’s family pastor comes and blesses the business, claiming that because the business is established on my wife’s family land.

        Kindly any efforts towards helping us understand best the above would be highly appreciated.

        Thanks and God’s blessings,
        Maurice O.Omollo,


        1. Maurice, I am not good at finding reasons for why things happen in other peoples life. All I can say, is keep trusting in God. Nor am I good at understanding dreams. If the dream is consistent with the Bible, then I would pay attention. If not, then it could be impressed upon you by another entity. I am glad you have enjoyed the blog. I am willing to answer Biblical questions so please feel free to ask. Just look in the contact tab for the email address. Thanks. You are in my prayers.
          Pastor Lester


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