• By Joseph A. Bias

The Seventh Day of Christmas

Complete in Him

“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”. Genesis 2:2

The number seven is profoundly significant throughout the Scriptures, but it’s most well known reference for Christians and Jews is the idea of Sabbath (Rest) because it was on the seventh day that God rested after creating all things. Now, rest in the God sense is not a matter of needing to recoup from energy expended. God is not subject to depleted energy or reduced strength. He is Energy and Strength. His life and His power are inexhaustible.

The Sabbath day of rest was not instituted for God’s purpose but for man. For God The Seventh Day of Creation was the Day God declared Creation completed. All things were in order and all things were moving in balance and in perpetual renewal.

The Sabbath, the Seventh Day was established to mark a time for the cessation of labor to remember and reflect on God’s sustaining power. The Scriptures say that six is the number associated with man. It suggests that the limit of man’s resource and strength is 6 days, but he must rest on the seventh because he has reached the end of his natural resource in that time. But more importantly it was established to keep man in remembrance of Him, Who his the source of Life.

Whatever energy, power, resource or strength man has, he has received from God’s hand. The observance of the Sabbath is a means of continually reminding us of God’s sovereignty and provision for all He has created.

Seven is also associated with the idea of forgiveness of debt and the opportunity to get a fresh start.

“At the end of every seven years you shall grant a release of debts.” Deuteronomy 15:1

God understands our human nature and He recognizes that we are flawed beings. Even with the best of intentions we often fail to live up to our pledges and promises. So a way of relief was instituted in order to bring things back into order and to create a new beginning for those who were overburdened by debt they could not repay. Now, don’t think this was a wonton license for people to run up great debt, then, just wait for the seventh year to get a “get out of jail free” card.

No! The Law also provided lenders broad rights of redress for debt defaulters, including the seizure and sale of property and imposing servitude on the sons of the debtors to work for the lender until the debt was satisfied. What is important to understand is that the Law was about preserving the tribes (the families) of the Sons of Jacob (Israel) until the nation could be fully established and generations of offspring could be identified as they came into the Promised Land.

Finally, for our brief study today, seven is also significant in a strategy of war.

“But it came to pass on the seventh day that they rose early, about the dawning of the day, and marched around the city seven times in the same manner. On that day only they marched around the city seven times. And the seventh time it happened, when the priests blew the trumpets, that Joshua said to the people: “Shout, for the Lord has given you the city!” Joshua 6:15-16

There is something about the number seven that works in conjunction with things in the spirit realm that affect things in the natural realm. Six days of marching around the walls of Jerusalem saw no evidence of change going on. Nonetheless, every circling of the wall and singing by Israel, the army of Jehoshaphat, was having the intended effect on it. Then on the seventh day and the seventh circling, suddenly the wall collapsed as though a sudden implosion weakened it to such an extent that it crumbled to the ground.

On this seventh day of Christmas let’s consider how God has established all things in order and instituted the perfect balance of rest and work, of worship and warfare, of debt and forgiveness (relief). Jesus is the central figure in each of these. In Him is the perfect balance of Works, of Righteousness [His crucifixion, death, burial and resurrection), and rest as we are yoked together with Him, sharing in the easiness of His yoke and the lightness of His burden.

He is the bridge between God’s justice {The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the World - John 1:29) and His grace {If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness 1 John 1:9). He (His Word) is the weapon of our warfare and the promise of our eternal inheritance of peace in Him, The Father and The Holy Spirit.

We are made complete in Jesus Christ and through Him we have the fullness of God’s goodness, blessing, forgiveness, restoration, provision and grace.

“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” Corinthians 9:15

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