We are so limited by nature in that we mostly run our societies by that which can measured. How much will it cost? How long have I invested into this relationship? What have you done for me lately? We are measure-holics. But if we walk in a higher life, we know that there is an intrinsic values to us and those we deal with, then we forget, then hopefully find our way again. But what should be the source of understanding this? I can point to the whole story of creation but especially the day of rest.
2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. 2 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. 3 So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation. 4 These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created.
This passage is more profound than one would think. In the Old Testament the number seven is not just a number but used in how someone speaks in covenantal terms. Frequently when someone in the Old Testament swears an oath the wording can be literally translated as “sevening ones self”. So if one were to keep that in context, God is making a covenantal seal on His creation. Not “Peace on earth and goodwill towards men” but the next notch below in that there is an implied commitment. It is that He would relate to His creation in the language of covenant that says “I am yours and you are mine.”
But the rest is what? It has to be interpreted in the context that God rests in that day to make it holy. But is God doing something when He does nothing? He really does if one understands how God transcends reality by being All- Sufficient in His being. Being All-Sufficient means not having to prove anything overtly. We as human beings really value someones identity and contribution by how someone is quantitatively viewed in what they are doing and giving. From there we objectify each other and get things flipped around to love things and services but use people(e.g. What someone does for me). But the best beginning of being “right side up” rests on how we can love people and use things as we see how meaning comes from God.
An example is much later in salvation history. When Moses asks God what His name is before he comes to Pharaoh, He is told to say, “Tell him I AM sent you.” All other gods that mankind perceives are limited in power, have beginnings and have ends. God transcends space and time. Yet in the beauty of creation, He begins to condescend in true covenant. And covenant to Him is not “What I have is yours”, but “I am yours and you are mine.” His rest is a signal to creation to know that He is setting an imprint of His covenantal nature for all to see.
But is it fair to make the jump from God being known as one who transcends and condescends? Well, yes. He transcends our reality in the essence of His being but He chooses to condescend (think condensation of vapor into dew). But if we are not directly sensitive to the presence of God, the other way to get our attention is through seeing the handiwork of creation. As we see thousands of years later from someone who had a doctorate in being stubborn and going against the ultimate image of the living God: Paul the apostle and former persecutor of the Church.
“Romans 1:19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 Ever since the creation of the world his eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made. So they are without excuse; 21 for though they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their senseless minds were darkened.”
His power and nature are still the same and understood even today in fundamental principles. If you have been reading these blogs of this series long enough, you know that the fulness is not just saying about creation “It is good”. Ultimately we see that He goes beyond saying something is good and works goodness in how “grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17). In Jesus we see the fulfillment of the power and nature of the deity as He was shown to the world.
By Jesus being the means by which we can know that “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us”, we can partake of His divine nature in the extension of covenant in thanksgiving. The word for thanksgiving in the New Testament is eucharistia. Sound familiar? So especially in the sacrament of the eucharist there is a substantive means in communion to enter and re-enter that rest as the Real Presence is in the material realm.
So in conclusion, if we have those moments of being caught up with ourselves as an end but are tired of it, look toward heaven and be renewed of His purposes on earth. And while we are at it, we can close our eyes and rest in an introduction to true peace anytime and anywhere.