The Sabbath pictures that time in the future when God rests from all His work.
It is not surprising why the 7th day of the week catches more attention as the Sabbath than what Sabbath really is – a period of rest.
Genesis 2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. 2 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. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.
What is more significant in Genesis 2:1-3, which escapes many, is that God “rested from His work which God had created and made.” The 7th day of the week became significant only because it was on that day that God “ended His work” and when “He rested”. When it comes to which day of the week is the Sabbath, generally, there is no question that it is the 7th day.
But Sabbath is more of rest and to end one’s work than just the 7th day. When God introduced to the Israelites in Moses’ day His feast days, we find in Leviticus 23 that a day other than the 7th day of the week is also called Sabbath when a particular feast falls on it.
To cite some of the feast days:
1. The Feast of Trumpets
Leviticus 23:23 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 24 “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation.
2. The Day of Atonement
Leviticus 23:26 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: 27 “Also the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the Day of Atonement…32 It shall be to you a sabbath of solemn rest, and you shall afflict your souls; on the ninth day of the month at evening, from evening to evening, you shall celebrate your sabbath.”
3. The Feast of Tabernacles
Leviticus 23:33 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 34 “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to the LORD…39 ‘Also on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the fruit of the land, you shall keep the feast of the LORD for seven days; on the first day there shall be a sabbath-rest, and on the eighth day a sabbath-rest.
The Sabbath is also described in years.
Leviticus 25:8 ‘And you shall count seven sabbaths of years for yourself, seven times seven years; and the time of the seven sabbaths of years shall be to you forty-nine years.
The Sabbath is that period when God rests from all His work (Genesis 2:2-3).
At present God is still in the process of creating man. God and Jesus Christ are still working.
John 5:17 But Jesus answered them, “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.”
The Sabbath is that period when God shall have finished creating man in his image according to his likeness. It is that time when man shall have been changed from being physical and mortal to spirit and immortal.
1 John 3:1 Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
The Sabbath to the Israelites of Moses day
Jesus Christ, the LORD God or YHWH in Genesis, who “blessed the seventh day and sanctified it because in it He rested from all His work” (Genesis 2:3), was working on the 7th day and for which the Jews of his generation accused him of breaking, according to their practice, the Sabbath (John 5:16). Jesus affirmed, and did not deny, that the Father and he have been working even on the 7th day (verse 17).
John 5:1 After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. 3 In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. 4 For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. 5 Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”
7 The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”
8 Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” 9 And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.
And that day was the Sabbath. 10 The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, “It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.”
11 He answered them, “He who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your bed and walk.’”
12 Then they asked him, “Who is the Man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” 13 But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place. 14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.”
15 The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.
16 For this reason the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill Him, because He had done these things on the Sabbath. 17 But Jesus answered them, “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.”
How the Sabbath was to be taught to the Israelites from Moses’ day after their deliverance from bondage in Egypt are for the Israelites to observe.
Adam and Eve from rest to toil
Some believe that “God taught Adam and Eve to observe the Sabbath. This view could not be confirmed from the bible.
When God rested on the 7th day of that re-creation week, Adam and the woman, she was not yet named Eve at that time, were just 1 day old. They haven’t been working from which they would have to rest. Genesis 2:1-3 shows that it was only God who rested. If he wanted Adam and the woman to observe the 7th day Sabbath as the same was instructed to the Israelites from Moses’ day, it would have been on that very day when “God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it” (Genesis 2:3).
The Garden of Eden pictures “the paradise of God” where the tree of life will be and when man is already spirit and in the likeness of God in the kingdom of God.
Revelation 2:7 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.”’
Where this paradise of God will be is where the tree of life will be – in the new earth (not heaven).
Revelation 21:1 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea…10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God…
Revelation 22:1 And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
There will be no “servile work” to be avoided in the new earth as pictured in the Garden of Eden where Adam and Eve didn’t have to cultivate the soil to yield food for their sustenance.
When Adam and the woman were driven out of the Garden of Eden, Adam was told to toil “all the days”, the 7th day was not excepted, of his life.
Genesis 3:17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’:
“Cursed is the ground for your sake;
In toil you shall eat of it
All the days of your life.
How the Sabbath was taught to the Israelites from Moses’ day after their deliverance from bondage in Egypt should not be presumed to be also observed by peoples other than those Israelites and their modern day descendants.
As a test for obedience, the Sabbath is only for the Israelites of Moses’ day and their descendants
After God rested on the 7th day and blessed it during the re-creation week, the next mention of Sabbath was when God was dealing with a group of people whose will to yield to him is suspect.
Exodus 16:4 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not…23 Then he said to them, “This is what the LORD has said: ‘Tomorrow is a Sabbath rest, a holy Sabbath to the LORD. Bake what you will bake today, and boil what you will boil; and lay up for yourselves all that remains, to be kept until morning.’” 24 So they laid it up till morning, as Moses commanded; and it did not stink, nor were there any worms in it. 25 Then Moses said, “Eat that today, for today is a Sabbath to the LORD; today you will not find it in the field. 26 Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will be none.”
Other than the Israelites of Moses’ day, no other men of God – Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, or even Jacob-Israel – were told to observe the Sabbath as a test for obedience.
To the obedient Enoch who walked with God (Genesis 5:22, 24), Noah, “a just man” (Genesis 6:9), Abraham who “obeyed” God’s voice (Genesis 26:5) and his son Isaac and grandson Jacob, God didn’t make Sabbath as a test for their obedience. While working for his idolatrous uncle Laban, there is no mention in the bible that Jacob had an issue with him on the Sabbath.
How the Sabbath was taught to those God called out from among the world prior to the Israelites who were enslaved for over 400 years in Egypt, the bible doesn’t state. And we don’t presume it was as how the enslaved Israelites were to be tested “whether they will walk in (God’s) law or not…(Exodus 16:4).
Sabbath as a sign of identity
As a sign, God taught the children of Israel how the Sabbath was to be observed for them to know God.
Exodus 31:13 “Speak also to the children of Israel, saying: ‘Surely My Sabbaths you shall keep, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the LORD who sanctifies you.
While Sabbath is the sign of identity for the children of Israel and their generations, the sign of identity for a Christian is the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit.
Romans 8:9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.
Except for a few, like Moses, Joshua, Caleb, David, etc., the children of Israel were not given God’s Holy Spirit. A modern day descendant of Israel becomes a Christian when he is granted repentance, baptized and is gifted with the Holy Spirit of God through the laying on of hands.
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
A Christian takes his bearings on Jesus Christ as regards the Sabbath
Not recognizing who Jesus really was, the Pharisees in Jesus’ day called his attention as to how the Sabbath was supposed to be observed by them. In a sense, they were right because Jesus was a Jew. But Jesus was showing them who he was – “Lord even of the Sabbath”.
Matthew 12:1 At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. And His disciples were hungry, and began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. 2 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to Him, “Look, Your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath!” 3 But He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him: 4 how he entered the house of God and ate the showbread which was not lawful for him to eat, nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests? 5 Or have you not read in the law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are blameless? 6 Yet I say to you that in this place there is One greater than the temple. 7 But if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless. 8 For the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”
For those who follow him, the Sabbath is much more than how the children of Israel were to regard it.
Matthew 12:9 Now when He had departed from there, He went into their synagogue. 10 And behold, there was a man who had a withered hand. And they asked Him, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”—that they might accuse Him. 11 Then He said to them, “What man is there among you who has one sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not lay hold of it and lift it out? 12 Of how much more value then is a man than a sheep? Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” 13 Then He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and it was restored as whole as the other.
A Christian follows Jesus Christ and not the children of Israel.
What the Sabbath is to the children of Israel is part of the law of Moses and Gentiles who are turning to God are not required to keep the law of Moses
How the Sabbath day was used for the children of Israel to know God (Exodus 31:13 …“that you may know that I am the LORD who sanctifies you”) does not apply to one who is called out and becomes a Christian.
An issue arose whether or not Gentile converts were required to be circumcised and to keep the law of Moses (Acts 15:1-5).
This necessitated a meeting of the “apostles and elders” (verse 6) in Jerusalem attended by Peter, Paul, Barnabas and James among others. After “much dispute” (verse 7), it was resolved that “those from among the Gentiles who are turning to God” (verse 19) are not required to be circumcised and to observe the law of Moses. The letter-notice to inform them informs us.
Acts 15:23 They wrote this, letter by them:
The apostles, the elders, and the brethren,
To the brethren who are of the Gentiles in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia:
24 Since we have heard that some who went out from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your souls, saying, “You must be circumcised and keep the law”—to whom we gave no such commandment— 25 it seemed good to us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, 26 men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27 We have therefore sent Judas and Silas, who will also report the same things by word of mouth. 28 For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things: 29 that you abstain from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well.
What the Sabbath is to a Gentile convert should be what Jesus says it is – “My rest”
Hebrews 4:1 Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. 2For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. 3 For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said:
“So I swore in My wrath,
‘They shall not enter My rest,’”
although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4 For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works”; 5 and again in this place: “They shall not enter My rest.”
6 Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience, 7 again He designates a certain day, saying in David, “Today,” after such a long time, as it has been said:
“Today, if you will hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts.”
8 For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. 9 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. 10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.
That rest is that time in the future when man shall have been changed to spirit as a fully created being in the image of God according to his likeness (1 John 3:2). As God first “ended His work” on his physical creation of man (Genesis 2:2), God ceases from the later phase of his work, “new creation”, of man (Hebrews 4:10).
“Been there, done that”
Having been affiliated with a Sabbath keeping group, I observed the 7th day Sabbath and the feast days or high days or high Sabbaths for over a decade.
So I know the point of view of the hard core 7th day Sabbath keepers. I saw the world as a “Jew” (Israelite).
Romans 2:29 but he is a Jew who is one inwardly…
But a Christian is to grow in the grace and knowledge.
2 Peter 3:18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
This growth was made possible when, from seeing the gospel through the veiled eyes of an Israelite, the limitation from that point of view was removed.
2 Corinthians 3:12 Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech— 13 unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away. 14 But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. 15 But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart.
It is only through Christ that “the veil is taken away”.
2 Corinthians 3:16 Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
One example of “same veil remains unlifted in reading of the Old Testament” is not being able to see the clear bible verse that the “ten commandments” as a whole is the same as the “old covenant”. One of the leading evangelists even lamented that in his long years with our then group, nobody taught him about Exodus 34:28, among others.
Exodus 34:28…And He wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.
To be accurate, it is not that nobody taught him. His eyes, as was mine then, were veiled.
When a person has Christ in him “the veil is taken away”. And he can see the Sabbaths clearly, with the others – “a shadow of things to come”. And “the substance is of Christ”.
Colossians 2:16 So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, 17 which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.
So we look to Christ the creator of all things (John 1:3) for “the substance”.
That substance is the future kingdom of God pictured when God (YHWH/Christ) “rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done” (Genesis 2:2) and when man shall have “entered His rest” as a spirit being (1 John 3:2) and “has himself also ceased from his works as God (YHWH/Christ) from His” (Hebrews 4:10).
“He rested on the 7th day”
From the phrase “He rested on the 7th day” is the key to understand what Sabbath is – when God ceases “from his works”.
God’s act of resting on the 7th day of the first recorded week after his physical creation of man pictures that future time when God rests after the second phase of man’s creation, which the bible refers to as a “new creation”, of man.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation…
Adam’s exile from the Garden of Eden is the reverse of the process which is from labor to rest. From an easy restful life in the Garden of Eden, Adam was sentenced to labor or toil all his life until he again is favored to rest.
Genesis 3:17 Then to Adam He said…“Cursed is the ground for your sake;
In toil you shall eat of it
All the days of your life.
To rectify the flaw brought by man himself in the creation process, God and Jesus Christ have since been working on man.
John 5:17…”My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.”
While man in general is cut off from God, God works with some in furtherance of his continuing work to create man in his image according to his likeness. So men of God are so mentioned in the bible in the person of Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Israel, Moses, Joshua, Caleb, etc.
How the Sabbath was taught them, if ever, the bible does not state. And we don’t presume. These men were not enslaved and have not been influenced with the idolatry of the people around them. They were obedient to God.
The children of Israel in Moses’ day were differently situated. Having been enslaved in Egypt for over 400 years, they did not know God and they have adapted the ways of life of the Egyptians which are contrary to God’s laws.
God had to introduce himself to them. To make them a separate group from the rest, the Sabbath was made as a sign and a test commandment whether they would obey God or not.
How the Sabbath was to the children of Israel which had a peculiar circumstance is not what Christ shows to a Christian. In many instances, Christ broke the Sabbath according to how the Jews understand what Sabbath is.
John 5:18 Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath…
A Christian does not follow the way of the Jews but the way of Christ. Christ emphasizes that when a person is in him, that person enters his rest.
Matthew 11:29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
When the dust finally settles, that is, when God shall have finished his work on man by man’s change from physical mortal and corruptible to spirit, immortal and incorruptible being, God will again rest and man restored to the paradise of God, the place pictured by the Garden of Eden.
1 Corinthians 15:51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
At that time, man’s sentence through Adam to toil all his life will have been served. Man and God then cease from works and rest.
Hebrews 4:10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.
The Sabbath indeed was made for man, not otherwise.
Mark 2:27 And He said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath”.
jasperjack1968: So laktod pagka sulti, unsa mang adlawa ang 7th dAy… friday, saturday or sunday?
EMA: Sabado. Apan sa laktod nga pagka sulti, dili ang adlaw nga ika pito ka adlaw ang importanteng tumong sa mensahe bahin sa Sabbath. Ang angay nga sabton bahin sa Sabbath mao ang gihulagway niini nga mao ang pag-undang ug pagpahulay sa Diyos gikan sa iyang gibuhat. Mahitabo kini pag-abot sa panahon diin nahuman na ang Diyos sa pagbuhat sa tawo nga nakakupot na sa kinaiya o dagway sa Diyos ug sama na sa Diyos nga usa ka espiritu.
zorro05: ka epie, medyu hirap pa ring maka-intindi ng binisaya, paki
lagay ng tagalog/inglis trans. sa mga passages at explanations.
`dili na kaayu makasabot ng tanang passages…
jasperjack1968: Sige Noy Epi. Paki translate na lang dahil nalilibog si Zorro sa bisaya, baka ma lisdan siya.
EMA: In English jasperjack1968 wrote: So simply put, what day is the 7th dAy… friday, saturday or sunday?
Saturday. But simply put, it is not the day which is the 7th day which is the important point of the message about the Sabbath. What should be understood about the Sabbath is what it pictures which is when God ceases and rests from his work. This happens when that time comes when God shall have finished his creating man in his image according to his likeness which is spirit.
jasperjack1968: thanks noy for the explanation.
EMA: Walay sapayan bai.
dudong: did God work again after that 7th day rest?…
EMA: Yes. Jesus said his Father and he have been working since then including the 7th day of the week. In fact, the Jews accused Jesus of breaking the Sabbath according to how they were told to observe the Sabbath.
John 5:16 For this reason the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill Him, because He had done these things on the Sabbath. 17 But Jesus answered them, “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.”
18 Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.
jasperjack1968: Why would the Jews have such misunderstanding towards the sabbath law? Are they looking at the same book?
EMA: I suggest you read the thread posts again, if you already read these.
jasperjack1968: I’m interested in you personal point of you on this. nowadays, even amongst religious people can’t agree on many issues in the bible, one of those is the sabbath. ..but that’s ok Noy. I’ll go over it myself. Good for those people in the bible when Jesus was around, he’s there to clarify things with them but despite that, they won’t agree with Jesus. How much more nowadays?
EMA: I’ll summarize the points on the Sabbath:
1. The Sabbath pictures that day in the future when God shall have finished his creation of man in his image according to his likeness.
2. During the “re-creation” week, God happened to finish his renovation of the face of the devastated earth and the physical phase of man’s creation on the 6th day. So, God rested on the 7th day.
3. There is no account in the bible that God instructed Adam and the woman, who came to existence on the 6th day and have never worked previously, to rest on the 7th day when God rested. On the contrary, after Adam and Eve disobeyed God and were expelled from the Garden of Eden, Adam was told to work all the days of his life. Adam was not instructed to rest on the 7th day.
4. There is no account in the bible that Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac and even Jacob were instructed to observe the Sabbath the way the children of Israel, who were enslaved in Egypt, were required. Jacob worked with Laban, his uncle, for years and there was no issue that Jacob had with Laban, who was an idolater, regarding the Sabbath.
5. To the previously enslaved children of Israel who have been working all the days of their lives as Adam was instructed, the Sabbath was made as a test commandment. They, who have been used to working all the time, were made to rest on the 7th day. A test on whether or not they would submit to God they have not known and to make them different from the other peoples of the earth. The difference is that they have a covenant with God unlike the rest. The specific instruction as to one’s conduct during the 7th day is specific to the children of Israel only.
6. To a Christian, the significance of the Sabbath is rest and not the 7th day. When a person is called from among the rest of mankind and given the Holy Spirit of God, he becomes a Christian. He enters the rest in Jesus Christ. He has been plucked out from this world in which Satan reigns and becomes a citizen of heaven. He becomes a new creation. He has been freed and has rested from the spiritual yoke and burden he had been carrying.
7. Jesus’ conduct on the Sabbath became apparent to the Jews that they found to be breaking the Sabbath. Jesus told them he was the Lord of the Sabbath. Jesus also told the Jews, during a Sabbath, that the Father and he have been working.
8. When all men, who have been saved and chose to make God to reign over them throughout their Christian lives, shall have been changed to spirit, God’s creating man shall have finished and God rests from his works.
9. Man then begins his life as a spirit being like God for eternity. This is that time in the future that the Sabbath/rest pictures.
jasperjack1968: so Sabbath day is more symbolic not literal. Thanks Noy.
EMA: The message to the 7th day Sabbath keepers is that how the Sabbath was told to be observed by the children of Israel does not mean that it is only how the Sabbath is to be understood.
kalantiaw: Mark 2:27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:
EMA: Obviously. The period when man shall rest from his toils while being fashioned in the image of God according to God’s likeness was made for him and not him made for that period of rest.