And on the Seventh Day He Rested

An article titled, “Day of rest good for soul, even to the nonreligious, ” (Electa Draper, The Denver Post, 9/4/2011, p. 5B) starts this way:  “The brain is a machine that needs downtime.”  We have such a drive to be productive all the time that now “Psychologists, ministers, scientists and even politicians are urging revival of the ancient concept of Sabbath–a sanctuary in time.  And it’s not just for the religious.”

Wayne Muller, a therapist and minister, states that the commandment to rest is “the one that scripture explicitly references more than the other nine commandments combined.”  “Religion aside, psychologists and neurobiologists are learning that, if the Sabbath didn’t exist, it would be more necessary than ever to invent it.”

Why?  Many high-achieving people have difficulty taking a full day off, but research reveals that our brains have limits on the amount of information they can handle before they “check out.”  “When people take time to quiet down the left brain, to forget about to-do lists and to unplug from more input,” “solutions often percolate up from the subconscious.”  Psychologist and author Joan Broysenko likens the Sabbath to “a sweet state of being.”

Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, an Orthodox Jew, wrote about the value of this biblical law in his book “The Gift of Rest: Rediscovering the Beauty of the Sabbath,” released August 16, 2011.  One day of rest a week is “a gift of God to all people,” the author notes.

Pretty remarkable.  Some in science try to explain away creation.  Others in science validate that what was written 6,000 years ago simply affirms that the God of Creation is the Lord of the Sabbath.

  • Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished.  And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.  Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.  Genesis 2:1-3

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