the reward after toil.
The Biblical view is rather different.
In Hebrew thought, a day was reckoned from evening to evening,
stemming from the repetition of the idea in the first chapter of Genesis,
[Gen 1:5, 8, 13, 19, 23, 31],
that God created each day, evening then morning.
The Biblical day started with evening, therefore it started with rest.
This was not the rest of reward after toil, but rest before work, a rest to equip for work.
This suggestion is reinforced in man's first day, the seventh of creation, being a day of rest.
We can imagine Adam & Eve on that first Sabbath, spending the day exploring their inheritance, exploring the finished work of the Father, and His provision for them,
and enjoying His presence.
This I believe, is the essence of rest:
to live in the presence of God,
in the good of the finished work of Christ,
and in the now provision of the Father,
What if we went into each new work-day, fully rested, & equipped with the resources of Heaven?
I wonder what transformation we might bring to our world?
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