I disagree.The fact that it states he rested implies he needed to otherwise it wouldn’t have been referenced
The seventh day is set apart from the first 6 days.
In the first 6 He created, in the 7th He didn't. There is a distinction.*
Or that He had finished His work. Not so much didn't want to as didn't need to.Another reading could be, although I’m a total layman in terms of the Bible so this would be my logical conclusion, is that he didn’t create anything on the 7th day because he didn’t want to.
So it's mostly an issue of the way it is written, not the fact that God ceased to create on the 7th day?So the issue I have is the use of the word ‘rest’ as it gives the implication that God was tired or fatigued. No one just chooses to rest, you do it to take a break. I think God simply doing nothing with regards to creation on the 7th day would be more plausible.
No.You don’t see that as an issue?
*this is going deeper in doctrine than just simply a comparison, as this thread is supposed to be about, but since the thread is all over the place anyway...
The 6 "days" of creation plus a day of rest has a secondary application as well: the ~6000 years since the fall, and the upcoming 1000 period with Jesus Christ reigning on earth. A total of 7000 years (a "week") before flowing into eternity.
The first 6 days in Genesis 1 have a definite beginning and end.
Day 1: 5And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
Dsy 2: 8And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day
Dsy 3: 13And the evening and the morning were the third day
Day 4: 19And the evening and the morning were the fourth day
Day 5: 23And the evening and the morning were the fifth day
Day 6: 31And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day
The 7th day does not.
Day 7: Genesis 2: 1Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2And 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. 3And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.