In the first Adam - the sabbath-rest was lost

It is critically important for one to note that the sabbath-rest was not as a result of the law but of the grace of God, for the law came long after the Sabbath had been instituted by God. For the sacred scripture declares in Romans 5: 13-14 that sin reigned from Adam to Moses who is the law giver.

God in the book of Genesis 2 instituted the sabbath-rest not as the requirement of the law but the work of His grace. Yes! The work of grace since God in the first day started His work of creation and completed all His work on the sixth day. On the seventh day God instituted the sabbath-rest. The scripture declares that on the seventh day God ended His work, and rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made.

Genesis 2 vs. 2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.

God also blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.

God rested? Does this mean God was tired from all His work which he created and made? The sacred scripture in the book of Isaiah 40 declares that God does not get tired nor become weary, if God did not rest because He was tired, in fact several scriptures testifies to the fact that God is at work even as you read this. Since God is still at work in many other different ways, this must have meant that God rested only from all the work of creation not because he was tired but because He was finished.

Isaiah 40 vs. 28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired His understanding is inscrutable.

After God finished creating all the work of creation that He created, God on the seventh day called upon Adam to enter His rest. By now you must be aware that Adam did not do any work to deserve or earn a place in God’s rest, for if Adam did any kind of work then entering God’s rest was a reward for his works not a work of grace. Adam did not do anything to qualify for God’s rest but God qualified him by Himself for Himself. God by Himself finished all the work and called upon Adam to enter His finished work. Already, this sounds to me like GRACE. Almighty God wanted Adam to perpetually enjoy His rest as long as He obeys Him.

I must submit to you that God required obedience from the first Adam, but you must note that He did not require obedience from the first Adam as a qualification to enter His rest, for the first Adam was already in the rest of God. Before we get any further you must first understand why God required obedience from the first Adam? Had God given Adam to enter His rest and not required obedience from him, this would have meant that God created Adam a puppet without will and without choice. The obedience that God required from the first Adam was the test for his love and free will choice to be in God‘s rest.

For you to understand why God required obedience from Adam you must first understand the relationship between love and obedience. The sacred scripture in 1 John 4:8 declares that God is LOVE. Love doesn’t take, love always gives. Love always desire and seek to do well to others without anticipating anything back. Love is a free response - not an order. Obedience on the other hand is a higher form of submission to authority. God created Adam and gave him a will and a choice. On completion of His work God called Adam to enter His rest as an expression of His love for him. Though God had the power and authority over Adam He did not exercise authority and control over him. God wanted Adam who was under his authority to willingly choose to obey His authority. In so doing, the subordinate “Last Adam” was to become a willing follower, who bows in honor and respect, and considers service a privilege. God requires obedience from all of us.

God of all creations laid it upon the First Adam rest as long as Adam continued to submit to His authority and become a willing follower. Had the first Adam continued to walk in obedience. he would not have lost the rest of God. But Adam walked in disobedience and transgressed the commandment of God. The sacred scripture in Genesis 3 illustrated in detail the curse that first Adam’s disobedience brought upon the earth and upon all creation.

Genesis 3 vs. 17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’; Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you will eat of it All the days of your life. 18 "Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; And you will eat the plants of the field; 19 By the sweat of your face You will eat bread, Till you return to the ground, Because from it you were taken; For you are dust, And to dust you shall return.”

The First Adam disobeyed the authority of God over his life, gave in to sin and gratified (pleased) the desires of the flesh, and because of this all mankind is now not only subject to the desires of the flesh but also lost the rest and peace of God.

Genesis 3 vs. 6 When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
May God's be mercyful and cause the light of His face to shine upon you.

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