Some people wonder, why does God rest if he doesn’t get tired?
Let me answer that question with a personal example.
I don’t know about you but there are many times when I don’t wait for the light to turn green before crossing the street. Even if the light is red, if there are no cars coming, I sometimes just quickly dart on over to the other side.
However, there is one time when I will absolutely NOT cross the street during a red light no matter how much of a rush I’m in or impatient I feel.
That one time is if there are any children around.
I don’t want to serve as a bad and even dangerous example.
While I might have the physical strength and nimbleness to speedily make my way to the other side, I know a young child with his short and undeveloped legs would not even come close to being able to replicate my movements. And given a young child’s smaller stature, chances are higher that he or she would be outside the field of vision of a careless driver suddenly turning the corner. I know I couldn’t live with myself if my actions caused the death of an innocent child.
While this is admittedly an imperfect example, the reason I don’t cross the street during a red light when children are around is the same reason that God rested on the 7th day.
To serve as an example for His children.
Of course God doesn’t have to rest.
But He knew we would need one Holy Temple in time where we would need to get away from it all.
That is why he rested on the seventh day and separated this day from all other days.
In Hebrew, this day is called the “Shabbat”.
In fact, in Hebrew, this is the only day that has been given a name.
The other days are simply called the first day, the second day, and so on.
Every week, during any point in time from Friday evening to Saturday evening, when religious Jews and Messianic believers (whether Jew or Gentile) meet each other, instead of “Good Evening” or “Hi”, the greeting used is “Shabbat Shalom”.
CONNECTING THIS TEACHING TO THE NEW TESTAMENT
So just as God kept the Sabbath as an example for us, Jesus allowed Himself to be baptized as an example for us.
You see baptism is a symbol of our sins being washed away.
Even though Jesus was sinless, He was baptized to show us who really are sinful an example of purification through baptism. This is a wonderful thing. He leads the way by His own example.
“Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan River. He came to John, wanting John to baptize him. But John tried to stop him. John said, ‘Why do you come to me to be baptized? I should be baptized by you!’
Jesus answered, ‘Let it be this way for now. We should do whatever God says is right.’ Then John agreed.
So Jesus was baptized. As soon as he came up out of the water, the sky opened, and he saw God’s Spirit coming down on him like a dove. A voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, the one I love. I am very pleased with him.’ -Matthew 3:13-17